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Changes to three polling places finalized | News | The Press and Standard

by | March 22, 2018 5:00 pm

Last Updated: March 21, 2018 at 12:08 pm

Letters are set to go out to approximately 3,500 Colleton County voters, alerting them to the fact that the location of their voting precinct has changed.
Angela Upchurch, director of the Colleton County Voter Registration and Elections Office, reports the letters, which will contain their new voter registration card, should be in the mail in the next week to 10 days.
Members of the Colleton County Voter Registration and Election Commission were informed at their March 13 meeting that the members of the Colleton County Legislative Delegation signed off on the precinct changes during a delegation meeting held in Columbia, the final step to having the new voting locations approved.
The new locations for voters in Walterboro One, Walterboro Four and Horse Pen precincts will be in effect for the June 12 Democratic and Republican primaries.
The Horse Pen precinct was the first domino to fall. Upchurch needed to find a new home for Horse Pen’s 650 registered voters when Pleasant Grove Baptist Church told Upchurch that they would no longer host a polling location.]
Upchurch searched the precinct but could not find a suitable location to move within the voting precinct’s boundaries. When she widened her search, she determined that Colleton County High School would meet her needs.
Colleton County School Superintendent Dr. Franklin Foster offered the high school gym as a polling place and Horse Pen’s voters had a new home.
But while the problem with Horse Pen was solved, Foster told Upchurch that the election office was going to have to find a new home for the voters in Walterboro One and Walterboro Four.
Both precincts cast their ballots at the old Forest Circle Middle School but Foster explained to Upchurch that plans for the closed school facility will eliminate its availability as a polling place. The school system is planning to turn the former school facility into a centralized office for the district, a new home for the district’s adult education program and its alternative education program.
That led Upchurch to begin the search for new locations to house Walterboro One and Walterboro Four, two of the largest voting precincts in the county.
Walterboro Four was relocated to Forest Hills Elementary School.
Walterboro One will move to Dogwood Hills Golf Course’s clubhouse.
Upchurch said the last day to visit the elections office to register to vote in the primaries will be May 11 at 5 p.m., the close of business.
Those using other methods to register to vote will have other deadlines to complete the process.
Those registering online, faxing their application or emailing their application have until May 13 at 11:59 p.m. to complete the process.
Any voter registration application postmarked by May 14 will be accepted.

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