Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday as voters will determine the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor and Republican and Democratic nominees for state superintendent of education:
If you voted in one party’s primary on June 10, you can vote only in the runoff of the same party. If you didn’t vote on June 10 and are eligible, you can vote in either party’s runoff. When you vote, you will be asked to show photo identification.
Here are answers from the state Election Commission to some questions about Tuesday’s runoff election:
No. If you voted in one party’s primary, you can vote only in the runoff of the same party. In other words, if you voted in the Democratic primary, you are limited to the Democratic runoff; if you voted in the Republican primary, you are limited to the Republican runoff.
Yes. If you were eligible but did not vote on June 10, you can vote in either party’s runoff.
The candidates and offices on a particular ballot will differ depending on the primary in which you’re voting (Republican or Democratic), and the county and districts in which you reside. To find out what candidates will appear on your ballot, go here.
No. There is no new voter registration deadline for the runoffs. To be eligible to participate in the runoff, you must have registered by May 10.
At the polling place in your precinct. Your precinct and polling place are listed on your voter registration card. However, it’s possible your polling place may have changed since the card was issued. A list of York County polling places can be found here. A list of Chester County polling places can be found here. A list of Lancaster County polling places can be found here.
Still not sure? Go here, or call your county voter registration office: York County, 803-684-1242; Chester County, 803-385-2562; Lancaster County, 803-285-2969.
Polling places will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. As long as you are in line by 7 p.m., you will be allowed to vote.
When voting in person, you will be asked to show one of the following photo IDs:
Make your voting experience as fast and easy as possible by getting a free photo ID from your county voter registration and elections office or your local DMV office.
If you’re already registered to vote, go to your county voter registration and elections office, provide your date of birth and the last four digits of your Social Security Number. Then, have your photo taken.
If you are not yet registered, you need to register to vote first. You can register and have your photo taken on the same day; however, you must have registered by May 10 to vote in Tuesday’s runoff. If you’ve missed the deadline, go ahead and register and get a photo ID. You’ll be ready for the next election.
To learn how to get a free DMV ID card, call or visit your local DMV office or go to scdmvonline.com.
You can either retrieve your photo ID and return to vote, or vote a provisional ballot that will count only if you show your photo ID to the election commission prior to certification of the election on Thursday.
Bring your non-photo voter registration card with you to the polling place. This will allow you to sign an affidavit stating you have a reasonable impediment to obtaining a photo ID and then vote a provisional ballot. This provisional ballot will count unless someone proves to the election commission that you are lying about your identity or about having the listed impediment.
A reasonable impediment is any valid reason, beyond your control, which created an obstacle to obtaining a photo ID. Some examples include:
To vote under the reasonable impediment exception:
Two options for voting failsafe:
The candidate with the highest number of votes wins.
When the difference between any candidate declared nominated and any other candidate not declared nominated is 1 percent or less of the total votes cast for all candidates for that office, a recount is mandatory.
Unofficial results will be reported on election night at scVOTES.org in real time as the SEC receives them from each county election commission.
Yes, but there are restrictions:
Inform the poll clerk immediately. If the issue is not resolved, contact the county election office. The election commission will address the complaint.
Yes. It’s OK for any person, even a candidate, to give a voter a ride as long as it’s solely to help facilitate voting. However, no one can give a voter anything of value in exchange for voting.
No. There is no state or federal law mandating that employers give time off to employees to vote. Voters who know they will not be able to visit the polls on Election Day should apply to vote absentee before the day of the election.
Yes, there are several state laws addressing political signs on roadways, as well as county and municipal ordinances. See S.C. Code of Laws Sections 57-25-10, 57-25-140, and 7-25-210. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the entity that maintains the road (state, county, and municipality) to enforce applicable sign laws.