Truth vs. Myth - 2008 General Election

Posted on: Fri, 10/24/2008 - 09:46 By: cwhitmire

Here is the truth about some common rumors and myths surrounding the 2008 General Election:


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

TRUTH:  South Carolina has "absentee voting."  You must meet one of 17 reasons for voting absentee.  For a complete list of reasons, visit scVOTES.org or call or visit your county voter registration office.


Myth:  Absentee votes don't count unless the election is really close.

TRUTH:  Every vote matters, and every vote counts.  Absentee ballots are usually the first votes counted on Election Day.


Myth:  New regulations require a picture ID as well as a voter registration card for the elections this year, and all the information between the two will have to match.

TRUTH You must present one of three items to vote:  voter registration card, driver's license, or DMV-issued ID card.  Your driver's license/ ID card address does not have to match your address on the voter registration list.  What's important is whether your address on the voter registration list is correct.  


Myth:  Due to so many people voting and long lines, the election is being extended until Wednesday.

TRUTH:  There are no Election Day extensions.  Election Day is November 4th, 2008.  Polling places will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  If you are in line at 7:00 p.m., you will be allowed to vote. 


Myth:  If you show up to the polls wearing a t-shirt supporting your candidate, you won't be allowed to vote.

TRUTH:  It is true that the display of campaign material is not allowed within 200 feet of any entrance to a polling place on Election Day.  This law applies to posters, pamphlets, brochures, signs, buttons, hats, t-shirts, etc.  Voters with campaign material will not be turned away, but will be asked to remove the material, cover the material, or otherwise cause the material not to be seen before being allowed to vote.


Myth:  Straight party voting does not apply to President.  You must vote for President first before voting straight party, or your vote for President won't count.

TRUTH Straight party voting applies to President and all other partisan offices on the ballot.  It is not necessary to select President first.  It will be very clear on the voting machine when your choice for President is selected.  The names will be checked and highlighted.  You can also verify your selection on the review screen at the end of your ballot.