Absentee Deadlines Fast Approaching

Posted on: Wed, 10/31/2012 - 16:18 By: cwhitmire

COLUMBIA, SC (October 31, 2012) - Voters should be aware of upcoming deadlines and the procedures for voting by absentee ballot in the November 6, 2012, General Election.

Persons qualified to vote by absentee ballot:

1.       Students attending school outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them

2.       Members of the Armed Forces or Merchant Marine serving outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them (click here for additional information)

3.       Persons serving with the American Red Cross or with the United Service Organizations (USO) who are attached to and serving with the Armed Forces outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them

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

5.       Physically disabled persons

Truth vs. Myth - 2012 General Election

Posted on: Wed, 10/24/2012 - 15:16 By: cwhitmire

The following are some common myths that are circulated prior to general elections:

Myth:  The new photo ID law is in effect, and if you don't have one, you can't vote.

TruthThe new photo ID law will NOT be in effect on November 6th.  To vote on November 6th, you must have a S.C. Driver's License, a S.C. DMV ID card, or a voter registration card.  The new photo ID rules won't take effect until January 1, 2013.  Even then, there are safeguards in place that allow any voter to vote on Election Day, whether they have a photo ID or not.  For more on the new photo ID law, visit scvotes.org.

Myth:  South Carolina has "early voting," meaning anyone can vote early for any reason.

Federal Court Approves S.C. Photo ID Law for 2013

Posted on: Wed, 10/10/2012 - 16:07 By: cwhitmire

New Rules Not in Effect for 2012 General Election

COLUMBIA, S.C. (October 3, 2012) - The United States District Court for the District of Columbia today gave its approval to a new law requiring South Carolina voters to present a government-issued identification card with a photo in order to vote. Under the Court's order, the law will go into effect for elections held on or after January 1, 2013.

The new Photo ID provisions will not be in effect for the November 6, 2012, General Election.

For the rest of this year including the 2012 General Election, voters must continue to provide one of the following forms of ID to vote in person:

  • S.C. Driver's License
  • S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) ID Card
  • S.C. Voter Registration Card

Beginning in 2013, voters will have to provide one of the following current and valid forms of photo ID to vote in person:

Thousands Register Online as October 6th Deadline Approaches

Posted on: Wed, 10/03/2012 - 12:17 By: cwhitmire

COLUMBIA, S.C. (October 3, 2012) - In less than 24 hours, more than 3,000 voters took advantage of South Carolina's new online voter registration system.  The system was made available to the public at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, and by 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, 3,102 applications had been submitted.

"Voter registration has never been easier, and we're pleased that citizens are taking advantage of this wonderful new opportunity," says Marci Andino, executive director of the S.C. State Election Commission. "This overwhelming response proves South Carolinians are eager to make their voices heard in November."

The State Election Commission wants to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the upcoming voter registration deadline and urge those already registered to update their information.

You must be registered by October 6th to vote in the November 6th General Election.

Voters who have moved from one county to another must be registered to vote in their new county by the deadline.

State Senate District 41 Special Republican Primary Runoff

Posted on: Tue, 10/02/2012 - 14:10 By: cwhitmire

October 2, 2012 - Charleston County

OFFICIAL RESULTS

Candidate Charleston Dorchester TOTAL Percent
Walter Hundley 708  19 727 29.0%
Paul Thurmond WINNER  1,609 174 1,783  71.0%

 

Special Republican Primary

The State Senate District 41 Special Republican Primary and Runoff was held to replace the Republican Party's former nominee, Paul Thurmond.   The candidate selected through this process will appear on ballots in the November 6, 2012, General Election as the Republican nominee for State Senate District 41.

South Carolina Launches Online Voter Registration System

Posted on: Tue, 10/02/2012 - 13:28 By: cwhitmire

Only 12 other states allow citizens to register to vote online

Columbia, SC (October 2, 2012) - The S.C. State Election Commission today announced the launch of one of the nation's first paperless online voter registration systems, greatly simplifying the registration process and encouraging more citizens to participate in elections.

"South Carolina has made important improvements to our registration and elections process in the last decade, and we are proud to announce one of the single most important changes to the process is now a reality," said Marci Andino, executive director of the State Election Commission. "There's no waiting in line, no forms to print out, nothing to mail in. Any eligible person can register in just minutes."

Citizens must register to vote by Saturday, October 6, in order to vote on November 6, and online registration is available now to expedite the process. 

Photo ID Requirements

Posted on: Mon, 09/24/2012 - 13:06 By: cwhitmire

PHOTO ID REQUIREMENTS ARE NOW IN EFFECT

When voting in person, you will be asked to show one of the following Photo IDs:

  • SC Driver's License
  • SC Department of Motor Vehicles ID Card
    • Includes SC Concealed Weapons Permit
  • SC Voter Registration Card with Photo
  • Federal Military ID
    • Includes all Department of Defense Photo IDs and Veterans Affairs Benefits Card
  • US Passport
    • Includes US Passport ID Card

IF YOU ALREADY HAVE ONE OF THESE PHOTO IDS, YOU ARE READY TO VOTE.

Be sure to bring your Photo ID with you to the polling place.

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ONE OF THESE PHOTO IDs:

Make your voting experience as fast and easy as possible by getting a free Photo ID from your county voter registration and elections office or your local DMV office.

State Senate District 41 Special Republican Primary

Posted on: Tue, 09/18/2012 - 17:06 By: cwhitmire

September 18, 2012 - Charleston County

OFFICIAL RESULTS

Candidate Charleston Dorchester TOTAL Percent
Wally Burbage 663  60 725  20.0%
Walter Hundley RUNOFF 1,309  37 1,352 37.3%
Paul Thurmond RUNOFF  1,376 168 1,549  42.7%

 

Special Republican Primary Runoff

The State Senate District 41 Special Republican Primary was held to replace the Republican Party's former nominee, Paul Thurmond.   The candidate selected through this process will appear on ballots in the November 6, 2012, General Election as the Republican nominee for State Senate District 41.

September is Voter Education Month

Posted on: Thu, 09/06/2012 - 08:56 By: cwhitmire

Governor Nikki Haley Recognizes September as Voter Education Month;  South Carolina State Election Commission Encourages South Carolina's 600,000 Eligible Voters to Register by Oct. 6

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Sept. 6, 2012) - The South Carolina State Election Commission today kicked off a month-long effort to encourage South Carolinians to register to vote before Oct. 6 in order to participate in the Nov. 6 General Election or to update voter registration information if they are already registered.

"Voting is the quintessential American way for citizens to participate in our political system and make their voices heard," said Marci Andino, executive director of the South Carolina State Election Commission. "We are promoting Voter Education Month to urge eligible citizens to register, to remind registered voters to update their registration information, and to help them prepare for Election Day. In South Carolina, every vote matters and every vote counts."

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