Voters head back to the polls

Residents say voting is a right and a privilege.

Voters headed back to the polls on Tuesday to cast their ballot in this years Primary Runoff election.

"Particularly in a runoff election you have fewer voters," said resident Henry Clay. "So every vote is actually even more powerful."

And voters like Henry Clay says he's always eager to participate in the powerful political process.

"My father always taught me that it's so important to always make time to vote," said Clay. "And a lot of times in these runoff elections they don't get as much attention."

"Usually with runoff's it's a little bit more slower than the race from the Primary," said Voter Registration Director Lillian McBride.

She knows the few who are exercising their right to vote are getting the final say on who governs locally and statewide. She says it's not just political power that's up for grabs, but voting makes economic sense.

"A lot of people think it's just based on candidates," said McBride. "But it also involves another entity that's around the county too on how much money we get into the state."

Budget battles are just one reason residents like Gary Hemingway came out on Tuesday. The Columbia man knows voting is a right and a privilege.

"You sit back and you complain about this and you complain about that," said Hemingway. "You won't take the time or initiative to get out to vote."

Hemingway says investing little time, can help in creating big changes.

"We're trying to get things right; and get things on the right road," said Hemingway.

Candidates and voters are entering their final stretch, along the primary political path.