The editor,

As my friend Joy Scharich (Director of Elections, Oconee County) would say “The fruits of hard work are abundant”. 

We all did work very hard, and it showed. Thanks to all of the Laurens County folks who helped out with the 2020 Democratic Presidential Preference Primary on Feb 29th

Not sure how I can possibly thank everyone, but a huge shoutout goes to our Rovers (Polling Location Techs). They learned on the fly Saturday and kept everyone voting in 32 precincts on brand new voting equipment. 

The unsung heroes of this production are the Polling Locations themselves.  Members of Churches, Community Buildings, YMCA’s, Fire Stations, Civic Buildings and Schools allow voters to use their buildings as a safe and convenient place to vote.  They are generous, especially this time as they had to orchestrate opening and closing the facilities on a Saturday. 

The support we get from the County of Laurens is strong.  Council and administration appreciate what we do and supply us with the tools we need.  Thank you, County Council.  Thank you as well the Laurens County Legislative Delegation who rushed legislation on our behalf. 

Members of the press have always helped to get the word out. We had some polling place changes this time and the local media was vigilant posting the changes. They were patient and understanding of the new procedures on election night, as results were tallied and distributed. 

POLL WORKERS! These ladies and gentlemen did the heavy lifting. A new voting system did not stop them. They dug in, studied extra hard and pulled off a near perfect election. All eyes were on South Carolina, and I’m so very proud of Laurens County.

Of course, the staff here in our office did what they always do. They put out fires all day long and remained cheerful through it all. I don’t know how they do it frankly! 

The members of the Board of Voter Registration & Elections in Laurens County are a smart, caring group of individuals. They are definitely a working Board. Very hard working.

Chairman Adair is the most supportive person I know. He is always there to pitch in and advise. Always! His dedication to the voters of Laurens County is unwavering and we are lucky to have him.

To each of these, and to the VOTERS themselves, who took to the new paper based voting system easily and amiably, I’d like to offer a heartfelt thank you.  




Lynne West,

Director of Elections

Laurens County


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