FLORENCE — Voters in South Carolina’s 7th Congressional will be seeing double come Election Day, but in the end their votes will all go to the same place.
Gloria Bromell Tinubu, who secured the nomination for the Democratic Party this summer, will also appear on the ballot as a nominee for the South Carolina Working Families Party.
That means voters will see her name twice as a congressional candidate, but no matter which Tinubu they select, those votes will ultimately go towards the Georgetown County native with her PhD in applied economics.
It’s a process know as “fusion voting,” which is when a candidate is endorsed by multiple parties, but each vote cast ends up being combined by election officials.
The Tinubu campaign said Friday it was aware Working Families had “cross nominated” and that the campaign had already been assured by the S.C. Election Commission that all votes cast for the congressional hopeful would be added together at the end of the process.
“The way it’s been explained to us is it’s not a problem at all,” a spokesperson for the campaign said Friday. “It’s not a concern for the campaign. Most folks who will vote for her will be Democrats and identify themselves as Democrats.”
The spokesperson added that in most states Working Families (WF) is just a caucus, but that South Carolina is one of the few where the group is an actual political party.
Tinubu is one of 16 candidates nominated by the party in 2012, according to the group’s website.
An initial attempt to contact WF was unsuccessful, but the party website explains “fusion voting” and why they choose to employ the practice.
“The votes our candidates receive on the Working Families Party ballot line and the votes those candidates receive on either the (D)emocratic or (R)epublican lines then get added together,” a statement on the website reads.
The site describes the process as an electoral strategy that enables the party to “advance the issues that matter most to working South Carolinians.”