Make sure you have everything you need for Nov. 7 election | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | September 28, 2017 5:00 pm
Last Updated: September 27, 2017 at 10:58 am
Angela Upchurch, director of the Colleton County Voter Registration and Election Office, has put together a primer for those who will cast votes in the Nov. 7 General Election.
On Tuesday Nov. 7, polls will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. in the City of Walterboro and the Town of Cottageville. Here’s what you need to know.
Who’s Voting and Who Isn’t
Registered voters who live within the city limits of Cottageville and Walterboro will have elections this year.
The Town of Lodge and the Town of Edisto Beach were to hold elections this year, but they were cancelled, as allowed under state law, since there were no contested races or write-in candidates who expressed interest after the filing period closed.
Those wanting to vote absentee may do so in person at the Colleton County Voter Registration and Elections Office, 2471 Jefferies Hwy., beginning Tuesday Oct. 10 through Monday Nov. 6 at 5 p.m.
Those who have requested an absentee ballot must make sure that the county election office receives the completed ballot either by mail or in person by 7 p.m. on Nov. 7.
Too Late to Register?
Eligible residents who want to vote in the Nov. 7 municipal elections have to be registered:
Deadline to register in-person at the county voter registration office is 5 p.m. on Friday Oct. 6.
Deadline to register online, or by emailing or faxing your application is 11:59 p.m. Sunday Oct. 8.
Deadline to register by mail is Monday Oct. 9. Any application postmarked by Monday Oct. 9 will be accepted.
If you are not sure of being a registered voter or if you are unsure your information is up to date, please visit www.scVotes.org. Select “Voters”, then select “Check your voter registration”.
To cast a ballot, voters will be asked to show one of the following Photo IDs: S.C. driver’s license, ID card issued by S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles, S.C. Voter Registration Card with photo, federal military ID or U.S. passport.
Voters without photo ID can get one free of charge from the Department of Motor Vehicles or the county voter registration office. Voters who encounter an obstacle in getting a photo ID should bring their paper voter registration card without a photo with them to their polling place. These voters will sign an affidavit swearing to their identity and their reason for not obtaining an ID and vote a provisional ballot. This ballot will count unless the election commission has grounds to believe the affidavit is false.
For more information on photo ID, visit www.scVotes.org or contact the county board of voter registration and elections office at 843-549-2842 (office) or 843-549-2812 (fax).