Republicans, Democrats hope separate dates won't affect SC Primary

- We're just ten days away from the South Carolina Primary - the first to take place in the south. 

What few people may not realize is the state actually has two separate primary dates, something people in both parties say has to change. 

In York County, things are already starting to heat up.

Simply driving around residents can see campaign signs lining the streets, dozens of volunteers knocking on doors, and political ads in nearly every commercial break. 

Political canvassers say by now they've got their approach down. Their job is to get people out to the pools and vote for their candidate, but that can be difficult when there's confusion to when they should cast their ballot. 

Currently, the two parties set the dates, not the state. 

"We will probably have people who historically vote Democratic show up on the Republican day, thinking they're both held on the same day," said Wanda Hemphill, York County Board of Elections. 

York County Democrats say it's a problem that even affects finding the correct date online. York County Republicans agree - something has to change. 

"My concern is that it causes confusion and frustration among voters. I think we as South Carolinians benefit from being first in the South Primary. My hope is that in future years Republicans and Democrats go to the polls the same day," said Wes Climer, York County Republican Party. 

 

 

 

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