Charleston Voters Head to Polls Today for Crucial Sheriff Runoff


Charleston County voters will head to the polls Tuesday to select the Republican sheriff nominee for the November election.

Candidates Greg Kitchens and Carl Ritchie are in the runoff after Kitchens received 44.55% and Ritchie 41.67% of the vote on June 11. The winner will face Democratic incumbent Sheriff Kristin Graziano in November.

Only voters who participated in the Republican Primary or haven’t voted at all are eligible to vote in the June 25 election. Early votes for the runoff totaled 2,486, a 65% decrease from the primary elections.

Isaac Cramer, Executive Director of the Charleston Board of Voter Registration and Elections, notes that voter fatigue is common with quick election turnarounds but emphasizes the importance of voting in runoffs.

Mount Pleasant voters who usually vote at the National Guard Armory will vote at the Municipal Complex. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and photo ID is required. Early morning and later hours are the best times to vote, avoiding peak hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Polling locations can be found online here.