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Council election marked by lowest turnout in years

Three incumbents running unopposed for seats on South Boston Town Council finished with almost the same number of votes in Tuesday’s election.

D. Coleman Speece, who also serves as vice-mayor, was elected to a fifth term on council with 70 votes, and W. R. “Bill” Snead won a third term on council with 70 votes.

Political newcomer Winston Harrell was elected to his first full term on council with 67 votes.

No write-in votes were cast during Tuesday’s election, which drew 76 voters to the polls in an off-year election.

There are 5,054 registered voters in South Boston, according to the Halifax County Registrar’s Office.

As of early Tuesday afternoon, only 38 voters had cast their ballots, approximately 1 percent of registered voters.

For the entire day, a little more than 1 percent of registered voters cast ballots, according to Registrar Heather Harding.

“I would call this an exceptionally low turnout,” said Harding, who discussed the numbers with long-time registrar Judy Meeler, who has worked in the registrar’s office for 28 years.

“It’s possibly the lowest turnout she can remember,” Harding noted. 

Three of six council seats were up for election for South Boston Town Council, with council members Margaret Coleman, Robert “Bob” Hughes and Tina Wyatt Younger and Mayor Ed Owens not up for re-election.