2.5 Million Registered to Vote; Absentee Turnout Average

Posted on: Wed, 11/01/2006 - 17:00 By: cwhitmire


Contact:  Chris Whitmire

Phone:  (803) 734-9070 

E-mail:  cwhitmire@elections.sc.gov 

2.5 Million Registered to Vote; Absentee Turnout Average

COLUMBIA, SC-Nearly 2.5 million South Carolinians will be eligible to vote in the November 7, 2006, General Election.  That number has increased by approximately 140,000 since the 2004 General Election.




2006 General Election



2004 General Election


1,631,148 (70.5%)

S.C. Voters to Face Seven Statewide Constitutional Amendment Questions on Election Day

Posted on: Thu, 10/19/2006 - 11:57 By: cwhitmire

S.C. Election Commission encourages voters to become familiar with questions in order to help reduce long lines at the polls on Nov. 7

COLUMBIA, S.C. – To help reduce long lines and the amount of time voters must spend at polling locations on Election Day, the South Carolina Election Commission is encouraging voters to familiarize themselves with the subject matter and language used in the constitutional amendment questions that will appear on the Nov. 7 ballot.

South Carolina voters will face seven statewide constitutional amendment questions, with questions covering five topics that range from the definition of marriage to property tax reassessments.

“South Carolina voters will be asked to decide a number of questions on Election Day and we want to encourage them to be prepared,” said Marci Andino, executive director of the S.C. Election Commission. “By simply reading over the questions and determining their answers in advance, voters will be able to more readily respond to the questions on Election Day and help significantly reduce the wait time at polling locations for all voters,” she continued.

Update Your Voter Registration Information

Posted on: Wed, 10/04/2006 - 11:44 By: cwhitmire

To help ensure a smooth Election Day sign in process, please make sure your voter registration information is current and accurate.

There are four ways to update your information:

  1. Submit an online voter registration form . Online registration requires a S.C. Driver's License or Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) ID Card.  You must first update your information with DMV before submitting a voter registration form.
  2. Download a change of address form, print it, fill it out, and either:  

    • mail the form to your county board of voter registration, or

    • fax the form to your county board of voter registration, or 

    • scan the form, and email the image as a file attachment to your county voter registration office.

October 7 is Voter Registration Deadline for November 7 Election

Posted on: Tue, 10/03/2006 - 15:47 By: cwhitmire

COLUMBIA, SC—Anyone who is not already registered and wants to vote in the November 7, 2006 General Election must be registered by Saturday, October 7, 2006.

Voters can register in person at their county voter registration offices or download a voter registration form and mail it to their county voter registration offices.

If you are registering in person, you must do so by Saturday, October 7. Contact your county office for hours of operation. Many will open on Saturday. If you are registering by mail, the application must be postmarked no later than Saturday, October 7.

State Senate District 5 Primaries

Posted on: Wed, 09/20/2006 - 12:00 By: cwhitmire


September 19, 2006- Greenville County

Democratic Primary

Candidate Totals Percent
Frank L Eppes* 534 91.0%
Charles E Winfield 53 9.0%


Republican Primary

Candidate Totals Percent
Kathleen Jennings Gresham 680 16.6%
Tim Macko 228 5.6%
Mike Meilinger* 1,233 30.2%
Lewis R Vaughn* 1,949 47.7%

* Runoff 


Republican Primary Runoff


The Senate District 5 Special Election was held with the November 7, 2006 General Election.  For results, see 2006 General Election results.

2006 Statewide Constitutional Amendments

Posted on: Mon, 08/14/2006 - 11:44 By: cwhitmire

November 7, 2006

Statewide Constitutional Amendment Questions & Explanations

1. Must Article XVII of the Constitution of this State be amended by adding Section 15 so as to provide that in this State and its political subdivisions, a marriage between one man and one woman is the only lawful domestic union that shall be valid or recognized; that this State and its political subdivisions shall not create, recognize, or give effect to a legal status, right, or claim created by another jurisdiction respecting any other domestic union, however denominated; that this amendment shall not impair any right or benefit extended by the State or its political subdivisions other than a right or benefit arising from a domestic union that is not valid or recognized in this State; and that this amendment shall not prohibit or limit the ability of parties other than the State or its political subdivisions from entering into contracts or other legal instruments?

Yes []

No []

Explanation of above:

Deadlines Approach for Absentee Voting

Posted on: Sun, 08/06/2006 - 10:59 By: cwhitmire

5:00 p.m., Friday, November 3—Deadline to apply for mail-in absentee ballots.

5:00 p.m., Monday, November 6—Deadline to vote absentee in person at your county voter registration office.

7:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 7—Deadline for voter registration office to receive mail-in absentee ballots.

Persons who qualify to vote an absentee ballot in the November 7 General Election

  • Students, their spouses and dependents residing with them

  • Members of the Armed Forces, Merchant Marines, Red Cross, USO, government employees, their spouses and dependents residing with them

  • Persons who, for reasons of employment, will not be able to vote on election day

  • Physically disabled persons

  • Persons on vacation

  • Persons age 65 or older

  • Persons admitted to the hospital as emergency patients on day of election or at least four days prior to the election

  • Electors with a death or funeral in the family within 3 days before the election

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