Sept. 4, 2018
Record Turnout Yields Tight Race in McBee Election
A record turnout of about 66 percent of the electorate in the town of McBee yielded extremely tight numbers in the unofficial results of the two contested seats in the McBee Town Council election held Tuesday. A total of 429 ballots was cast.
Incumbent Kemp McLeod has a narrow lead with 206 votes, followed by challengers Glenn Odom with 203, Shilon Green 201, Don Robinson 144 and Sim Tyner 8. These unofficial results include 53 of the 61 absentee ballots. The remaining eight absentee ballots were challenged by McLeod. There were also nine provisional ballots.
Prior to the count of absentee ballots held publicly after the polls closed at 7 p.m., McLeod led with 191 followed by Green with 184, Odom 167, Robinson, 144 and Tyner 8.
Following the public unofficial vote count, Linda Sterling, chair of the McBee Municipal Election Commission, announced that she would work with both McLeod and the county elections office regarding the validity of the challenged absentee ballots. The status of the provisional ballots will also be reviewed with the county elections office.
The certification of the election is set for noon Thursday, Sept. 6. The top two vote-getters will be the winners of the two contested council seats unless there is a protest filed by any of the candidates.