New Voting Machines

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Ruth Padgett and Jack Atkinson of the Registration and Election Office pose by the vote tabulating machine, which will count the votes cast on the first machine. (Standard-Sentinel photos)

County Gets New
Voting Machines

Saluda County has joined he rest of the state in getting new voting machines, and the public is invited to come by the Registration & Elections office to try them out.
  Voters can come by the office, located at 111 Law Range across from the Courthouse,  weekdays from 8:30-5, Oct. 21-31. There will one Saturday available, Oct. 26, from 9-12.
  The new machines are paper-based, meaning each voter will cast a paper ballot, but the ballots are marked by the machine. Voting will require using two different machines.
  At the first machine, the voter will insert a blank piece of paper, then follow the on screen instructions. Once voting is complete, the voter will get a printed ballot, then move to another machine where the ballot will be counted and stored.
  Ruth F. Padgett from the Registration & Elections office said voters can review their ballot before it is tabulated. If they notice a mistake, they can tell the poll worker, then vote again.
  The counting machine keeps the paper ballots, and also has the totals on a thumb drive. The machine also has a separate drawer for uncounted paper ballots in the event of a power outage.
  There is only one election  in Saluda County the remainder of the year, and that is in Monetta. Some Monetta residents have already cast absentee ballots.
  The first countywide use of the machines will be for the Democratic Presidential Primary in Feb. 2020.
  Registration & Elections Commission Chairman Jack Atkinson said the machines are safe from hacking.
  “We will not turn on the internet in the office on election night until we send the returns to the state, and those returns are encrypted,”  he said.
  Saluda County’s last voting machines were purchased in 2004, and they were used.
  The new machines will require county personnel to place the equipment at the polling places, because the counting machines weigh close to 100 lbs. each.
  Voters can see a video of the new voting machines on the county webpage or

Noah Bell “SC
Mr. Football” Finalist

  Saluda High senior quarterback is one of seven players in the state named finalists for  “South Carolina Mr. Football.”
  On Wednesday, Oct. 9, the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association selected the finalists for the 2019 Mr. Football award.
  All seven players will be recognized during halftime of the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl on Saturday, December 14, at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach, followed by the introduction of this year’s award recipient.
  Bell has been a four year starter for the Tigers and owns all the passing and total offense records.
  So far in his career he has passed for 7564 yards and 87 touchdowns,and rushed for 1283 yards and scored 30 touchdowns.
  In his first two years, the Tiger advanced to the Upper state Championship game, and last year they made to the third round of the playoffs. The year’s Tiger team is 6-1.
  Bell is the first Saluda High football player to be nominated for the award that began in 1995.
  Other finalist are:
  •Mikele Colasurdo, Chapman High School
  •Luke Doty, Myrtle Beach High School
  •Rahjai Harris, Byrnes High School
  •Jalin Hyatt, Dutch Fork High School
  •Duane Martin, Laurens District 55 High School
  •Tyler Venables, Daniel High School
  The 2019 Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl will be played at Noon on Saturday, December 14, at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach. Players chosen to compete in this year’s contest will be announced on Monday, October 21. Tickets can be purchased at www.

EXTRAVAGANZA EXPO - Whether you are hunting junk or treasure, be sure to visit at the Extravaganza Expo in Saluda on October 18-19. Friday 8:00 - 6:00, Saturday 8:00 - 3:00. Early bird is on Thursday beginning at 3:00 from any vendors who are already set up.(Accepting vendors: 864 992-2899.) The Expo will be held at the Saluda Pickers site on the Johnston Hwy.