Cottageville’s polling place may move to school | News | The Press and Standard

by | March 24, 2017 5:00 am

Last Updated: March 23, 2017 at 8:21 am

The Colleton County Board of Voter Registration and Elections has started the process of changing the location where Cottageville residents vote.
The board members at the March 14 meeting approved a plan to move the Cottageville Precinct’s polling place from the Cottageville town hall complex to Cottageville Elementary School.
The proposal next goes to the Colleton County Legislative Delegation for consideration.
Voter Registration and Elections Director Angela Upchurch said the board members hope to have the move approved in time for the new location to be used in the Nov. 7 General Election.
Cottageville will be one of five Colleton County communities going to the polls on Nov. 7 for municipal elections.
Joining Cottageville voters in casting ballots will be the residents of Walterboro, Edisto Beach and Lodge.
Walterboro and Edisto Beach have election commissions that handle the election process for their communities. The county board will handle the election process for Cottageville and Lodge.
The election season in Colleton County begins on June 13 when the voters of Smoaks go to the voting booth to cast ballots for town officials.
Upchurch reported on two audits of the voter registration and election office. The office went through a security audit and a compliance audit that examine the office’s operations to ensure it complies with state regulations.
Upchurch also reported on the annual letter she sends to the members of the Colleton County Legislative Delegation to update the legislators on the office.
The legislative delegation is planning to advertise for prospective candidates for its board. The terms of four board members have expired and are up for re-appointment. They will continue to serve while the legislators handle the appointment process.
Upchurch said the board currently has seven members, but can have up to nine members, and there have been discussions about filling those two openings as well.

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