Voter registration underway for upcoming elections

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By Heather Ruppe

Colleton County residents who want to cast a ballot in the upcoming November general election still have time to register to vote.

Anyone who is not registered to vote has until Sunday, Oct. 9th to get registered and still be able to participate in the November general election.

The general election has a heavy ballot. It features multiple local, state, and regional elections that impact Colleton County. The ballot also has at least one referendum question, which will determine whether or not the current one-cent sales tax will continue in Colleton County for seven more years.

September is also National Voter Registration Month. As a part of this, officials with the S.C. State Election Commission and with the Colleton County Office of Elections are encouraging all eligible residents to register.

Anyone age 18 or older can vote in the United States. “Every eligible South Carolinian has the option to exercise their right to be heard at the ballot box, and now is the time to start by ensuring they are registered to vote,” according to the state election commission.  

Colleton residents are already registered and who want to check their precinct locations or view a sample ballot can go to www.scvotes.org.

Anyone who is not registered to vote can also begin the process by going to www.scvotes.org. You can also visit the local Colleton County Elections Office at 2471 Jefferies Highway in Walterboro.

How to Register to Vote:

Download a voter registration form from scVOTES.gov. Complete and return the form to the Colleton County Office of Elections and Voter Registration Office, located at 2471 Jefferies Highway in Walterboro.

If you email or fax the form, it must be received no later than Oct. 9th.

If you mail the form, it must be postmarked by Tuesday, Oct. 11th.

Registering in person must be done no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7th at the Colleton County Office of Elections and Voter Registration Office.

If you have moved from one county to another, you must register in your new county by the deadline to be eligible to vote.

If you’ve moved within your county or changed your name recently, update your information prior to election day to ensure a smoother voting process.

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