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Local Politics FAQs

When do I vote?

There are several important dates in this election cycle you should be aware of:
• June 14th: Primary Election Polls open from 7:00am to 7:00pm
• June 28th: Primary Election Runoff Polls open from 7:00am to 7:00pm
• October 8th: Deadline to register to vote in the General election
• November 8th: General Election Polls open from 7:00am to 7:00pm
A full list of South Carolina Elections and their dates, including Primary Elections,
General Elections, Special Elections, and Town or City Elections can be found at the following website:
http://www.scvotes.org/files/Election%20Schedule.pdf

Where do I vote? Who's on my ballot?

In order to find out where you should go to vote, visit the following website:
https://info.scvotes.sc.gov/eng/voterinquiry/VoterInformationRequest.aspx?PageMode=VoterInfo
Input your county, first and last name, your date of birth, and click Submit. The
application will return your voting precinct, your polling place location, and your polling place address. Additionally, it will provide you with driving directions to your polling place, your voting districts, and your sample ballot.

How do I register to vote?

In South Carolina, you can register to vote online. To do so, visit the following website:
https://info.scvotes.sc.gov/eng/ovr/start.aspx
In order to register online, you must have a valid South Carolina Driver’s License or ID. Follow the prompts presented by the website. After completing the application, you will be mailed a Voter Registration Card. If you would rather register in person or by mail, email, or fax, please visit this website for more information: http://www.scvotes.org/south_carolina_voter_registration_information
In order to vote in an election, you must register to vote at least 30 days prior to the election. For example, the deadline to register to vote for the November 8th General Election is October 8th. Please keep this in mind if you would like to vote in special elections. Additionally, you may need to present your Voter Registration Card when voting in an election.

How do South Carolina’s voter ID laws affect me?

In order to vote when you arrive at your polling place on the day of an election, you must present one of the following forms of Identification:
• South Carolina Driver’s License
• South Carolina DMV ID
• South Carolina Voter Registration Card with Photo
• Federal Military ID
• United States Passport
If you do not have one of these forms of Identification, you can get a free photo ID from the
DMV or from your county voter registration office. You may also be asked to present your Voter Registration Card. For more information, please visit the following website:
http://www.scvotes.org/files/2014-02-10%20Photo%20ID%20Handout%20%28web%29.pdf

Do I need to be a member of a political party in order to vote?

No: South Carolina has open primaries, meaning that as long as you are registered to vote at least 30 days prior, you may vote in any primary you wish. However, you may only vote in one primary.
Additionally, for General and Special Elections, you may vote for any candidate you wish regardless of their political party affiliation or your political party affiliation.

Where can I find more information on the candidates standing for election?

To find more information on the candidates standing for election, visit Midland Anchor’s new Election Resource Guide! It provides a side-by-side comparison of political candidates’ positions on a variety of issues facing the Midlands, South Carolina, and our nation. Additionally, the Election Resource Guide provides links to the candidates’ campaign websites and their contact information for their prospective constituents to inquire further on the candidates’ policy positions.

Who are my current legislators?

To find your current legislators, visit the following website:
http://www.scstatehouse.gov/legislatorssearch.php
Simply input your address and zip code, and click the Find Legislators button. The application will return your United State House of Representative District, your South Carolina Senate District, and your South Carolina House of Representatives District. Additionally, the application will give the current occupants of these offices, and South Carolina’s current United States Senators.

Where can I find my current legislators’ voting records?

To find your current South Carolina State Legislator’s voting records, please visit the following website:
http://www.scstatehouse.gov/index.php
At the bottom of the webpage, there is a search box entitled “Legislative Voting Record” where you may search voting records by legislator, bill numbers, bill titles, or by one of the houses of the South Carolina State Legislature.
To find your current United States Legislator’s voting records on congressional legislation, please visit the following website:
https://www.congress.gov/roll-call-votes
On this website, you can search congressional voting records using legislator’s names, bill numbers, or keywords.

Additional Resources

Here are some additional resources you may wish to look into regarding South Carolina’s Election Process:
• South Carolina State House: http://www.scstatehouse.gov/index.php
• South Carolina State Election Commission: http://www.scvotes.org
• United States Congress: https://www.congress.gov/roll-call-votes

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