FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—January 11th, 2006
Contact: Chris Whitmire
Phone: (803) 734-9070
Some 17-year-olds May Register to Vote in the 2006 Primary Election Beginning Friday
Friday, January 13th is the first day that 17-year-olds who will turn 18-years-old on or before the date of the General Election may register to vote in the June 13th Primary Election.
Individuals who reach the age of 18 on or before November 7th, 2006 (General Election), and who are otherwise qualified to register to vote, may register with their county voter registration office beginning Friday, January 13th, 2006 and be eligible to vote in the June 13th Primary Election.
State law allows for this practice since the Primary Election is the nominating process for the General Election, making each, in effect, parts of the same election.
The State Election Commission encourages all eligible citizens to register and to vote. The last day to register to vote in the June 13th Primary election is May 13th, 2006. The last day to register to vote in the November 7thGeneral Election is October 7th, 2006.
For more information on voter registration visit our website: http://www.scvotes.org
For other voter registration qualifications, see: http://www.scvotes.org/whocanregister
To register by mail or find the address of your local voter registration office, see: http://www.scvotes.org/howtoregister
To view the statute (7-5-180) that authorizes 17-year-old registration, visit: http://www.scstatehouse.net/code/t07c005.htm