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

Voting in the June 27 Runoff

Posted on: Wed, 07/26/2006 - 15:12 By: jdebney

State law prohibits voters from voting in more than one primary election held on the same day. Voters may not vote in both parties' runoffs. Furthermore, voters who voted in one party’s primary are not eligible to vote in the other party’s runoff. However, if you did not vote in either primary, you may vote in either party’s runoff. All South Carolina voters will fall into one of three categories:

  1. Those who voted in the Democratic Primary and are eligible to vote in only the Democratic Runoff.

  2. Those who voted in the Republican Primary and are eligible to vote in only the Republican Runoff.

  3. Those who did not vote in either primary and are eligible to vote in either the Democratic or Republican Runoffs, but not both.

If you registered to vote by mail after January 1, 2004, are voting for the first time since that registration, and did not submit a form of identification along with your application, you will be required to show ID at the polls in addition to your voter registration card.

SEC Certifies Results of Recounts

Posted on: Wed, 07/26/2006 - 15:11 By: jdebney

The State Election Commission met at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, June 19, 2006, as the State Board of Canvassers to certify the results of recounts ordered on June 17, 2006, and conducted this morning at 9:00 o’clock by the appropriate county election commissions. Results of the recounts are as follows:

Republican Primary

House District 37--Spartanburg

Candidates

Total Prior to Recount

Recount Results

Ralph Davenport *winner

1206

1206

Steve Parker

1197

1197

Democratic Primary

House District 49--York

SEC Certifies Results of Primaries; Calls for Recounts, Runoffs

Posted on: Wed, 07/26/2006 - 15:09 By: jdebney

COLUMBIA, SC—The State Election Commission met at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 17, 2006, as the State Board of Canvassers to certify the results of the June 13, 2006 Republican and Democratic Primaries. Official primary results can be found here.

 

Recounts have been ordered for Monday, June 19, 2006, at 9:00 a.m. for the following offices:

Recount

Republican

Office

Candidates

Counties Involved

House District 37

Ralph Davenport

Steve Parker

Spartanburg

Democrat

EAC Commissioner Donetta Davidson Visits South Carolina

Posted on: Wed, 07/26/2006 - 15:08 By: jdebney

U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) board member Donetta Davidson spent Tuesday, June 13, 2006, in South Carolina observing the statewide primary voting process. Davidson visited several polling places, talked with poll workers, visited the Richland County Election Commission, and spent the evening at the State Election Commission watching the results reporting process.

Davidson observed the ease of voting on the state's new, electronic voting terminals and showed interest in the availability of the audio ballot in each precinct. She spoke with poll managers about turnout and their experiences in managing their polling place. Davidson was pleased to see the voting rights poster prominently displayed in each precinct, as is required by federal law. She also visited the Richland County Election Commission and met with Director Mike Cinnamon and other county staff to observe the process of opening absentee ballots. After getting a taste of the primary process in South Carolina, Davidson got another taste of South Carolina when she tried grits for the first time. By all accounts, she loved them.

More Than 2.4 Million South Carolinians Eligible to Vote in Primary

Posted on: Wed, 07/26/2006 - 15:06 By: jdebney

COLUMBIA, SC—More than 2.4 million South Carolinians will be eligible to vote in the Democratic and Republican Primaries on June 13. The number of registered voters in the state has increased by approximately 250,000 since June 2004—a 4% increase.

ELECTION

REGISTERED

VOTED

June 2006 Primary

2,408,258

N/A

November 2004 General Election

2,315,182

1,631,148 (70.5%)

June 2004 Primary

2,157,442

542,119 (25.1%)

2006 Democrat and Republican Primary Ballot Candidates

Posted on: Wed, 07/26/2006 - 15:03 By: jdebney

2006 Primary Ballot Candidates

DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY

 

Constitutional Candidates

OFFICE

NAME AS TO APPEAR ON BALLOT

GOVERNOR

C DENNIS AUGHTRY

TOMMY MOORE

FRANK WILLIS

 

U.S. House of Representatives

DISTRICT

COUNTY

NAME AS TO APPEAR ON BALLOT

1

Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester, Georgetown, & Horry

BEN FRASIER

RALPH LEDFORD

RANDY MAATTA

May is Voter Education Month

Posted on: Wed, 07/26/2006 - 14:55 By: jdebney

As part of the South Carolina’s Help America Vote Act (HAVA) State Plan, the South Carolina Election Commission on May 3, 2006, announced May as Voter Education Month. Governor Mark Sanford signed a proclamation and the SC General Assembly passed a joint resolution making the declaration official. (see below)

Representatives attending the Statehouse event included individuals who will vote on their own for the first time – thanks to the accessibility provided by the new, ADA compliant, uniform voting system. Other attendees included Senator Larry Martin and Representative John Scott, both speaking on behalf of the legislative leadership who helped to make South Carolina a national leader in the election process.

In a state with over 2 million eligible voters, more than 600,000 people are not registered. Voter Education Month will include the SC Votes Tour, local events and demonstrations all aimed at encouraging everyone to vote.

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