South Carolina voters discuss advisory questions on the primary ballot

AIKEN COUNTY, SC (WFXG) - Hammond Hill Elementary saw a steady stream of people. The precinct has 1,283 active and inactive voters.

"We have 180 at this point so we'll be above 200 - maybe 15 to 18 percent total by the end of the day, I would expect," said Precinct 28 Clerk Kent Sullivan.

Kent Sullivan thinks the turnout is pretty solid for primaries. He said the voting process has gone quickly for people but some have had to come to him about the advisory questions.

"And, of course, I give them guidance without giving them too much guidance because they need to make their decision," Sullivan said.

On the Republican ballot, voters are asked if they want the option to identify with a Republican party when they register to vote. Vianca Anderson thinks it is limiting when you have to choose one or the other.

"I actually had some issues just in there. I tried to vote one way but the candidates I researched and chose weren't on that ballot so it didn't provide me the opportunity to vote for any candidate," Vianca Anderson said.

Brian Huffman thinks you should choose a party and stick with it.

"If they change because there's an option there that they're more interested in, then that undermines the entire party," Huffman explained.

Both Huffman and Anderson said they'd agree to align our tax brackets with federal tax brackets.

"Absolutely, yes. The plan was to do your taxes on a postcard. State taxes should be the same," Huffman said.

"If they will simplify things and if they will allow for us to have less taxes, then definitely I agree with that," said Anderson.

Questions on the Democratic ballot ask voters if they support a state law allowing doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to patients and if South Carolina should accept federal support for Medicaid.

It's important to note that these are advisory questions. They are non-binding, so voting will not pass a law; it is something that helps legislators decide what their constituents want.

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