About forty minutes after polls closed, poll workers posted election results to the front door of Lamar Town Hall.
Here are the receipts for Lamar Precinct No. 1, which is south of Main Street, and Lamar Precinct No. 2, which is north of Main Street (I live in the latter district).
Those don’t include the absentee ballots, which a poll worker announced aloud. Here are the final vote totals (winners in bold green):
James Howell – 164
Inez Bess Lee – 155
Town Council (2 Seats to Fill)
Tyler James Cook – 162
Mary Ann Mack – 176
Jerry Shull (Write-In) – 111
Here is a picture I took from a lady’s phone; she managed to get a photo of what I think is the sheet the poll workers used to tally everything:
The numbers on the left are the vote totals. The first number to the right of each name represents the absentee ballots, which is what the Darlington News and Press is reporting at the time of this writing; the second number represents votes from Lamar Precinct No. 1; and the third number represents votes from Lamar Precinct No. 2 (cut off in this photograph).
Barring any chicanery, these look to be the official numbers.
Thanks to everyone who came out and voted today. I appreciated your support! Congratulations to all of the candidates for putting themselves out there to serve the public.