Absentee voting now under way


For Democratic and Republican primaries

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com



Charles Warner | The Union Times This voting machine is one of two at the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office that can be used for casting absentee ballots for the Feb. 20 Republican presidential primary and the Feb. 27 Democratic presidential primary. This voting machine is reserved for absentee voting for the Republican primary. The other across from it is reserved for the Democratic primary.


UNION COUNTY — The Republican and Democratic primaries are still a month away, but Union County residents who don’t want to wait until late February to go to the polls can vote absentee.

In a statement released this week, Union County Voter Registrar Darlene K. Pettit announced that absentee voting for the Feb. 20 Republican presidential primary and the Feb. 27 Democratic presidential primary is now under way. She said that registered voters who want to do so may vote absentee at her office at 1246 S. Duncan Bypass, Union. Office hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Pettit said that voters may participate in only one party’s presidential preference primary. She said the deadline to register to vote in the Republican primary was Jan. 20 while the deadline to register to vote in the Democratic primary is Jan. 27.

Voter ID

Pettit said that both primaries will be held under the rules that require voters to provide photographic identification before they can vote, and this includes voting absentee. She said voters must provide one of the following forms of photographic identification when they go to the polls either on the day of the primary they choose to vote in or if voting absentee at her office:

• S.C. Driver’s License

• ID Card issued by S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles

• S.C. Voter Registration Card with Photo

• Federal Military ID

• U.S. Passport

Pettit said if a registered voter has one of these forms of identification they are ready to vote. She said that voters without such identification can get one free of charge from the Department of Motor Vehicles or from her office.

If a voter encounters an obstacle to getting photographic identification, Pettit said they should bring their paper voter registration card without a photo with them to their polling place. The voter can then sign an affidavit swearing to their identity and to their obstacle to obtaining photographic identification and vote a provisional ballot. Pettit said the ballot will count unless the county election board has grounds to believe the affidavit is false. She said that persons wanting more information on photographic identification should visit scVOTES.org or contact her office.

Candidates

Pettit said that the following candidates are listed on the ballot for the Feb. 20 Republican Presidential Preference Primary including absentee voting:

• Jeb Bush

• Ben Carson

• Chris Christie

• Ted Cruz

• Carlie Fiorina

• Jim Gilmore

• Mike Hucakbee

• John Kasich

• Rand Paul

• Marco Rubio

• Rick Santorum

• Donald Trump

Pettit said that the following candidates are listed on the ballot for the Feb. 27 Democratic Presidential Preference Primary including absentee voting:

• Hillary Clinton

• Martin O’Malley

• Bernie Sanders

• Willie Wilson

Precinct Polling Places

For those who opt to wait until either Feb. 20 or Feb. 27 to cast their ballot, voting for both the Democratic and Republican primaries will take place in the following precincts and polling places:

• Adamsburg — Philippi Fire House, 263 Philippi Church Road, Union

• Black Rock — Bethesda Church Annex, 5751 Whitmire Highway, Whitmire

• Bonham — Bonham Fire House, 114 Mulberry Drive, Union

• Buffalo Box 1 — Buffalo Fire House, 132 Bailey Road, Buffalo

• Carlisle — Carlisle Town Hall, 3911Fishdam Avenue, Carlisle

• Cross Keys — Cross Keys Fire House, 4483 Cross Keys Highway, Union

• East Buffalo — Buffalo Elementary School, 733 Main Street, Buffalo

• Excelsior — Masonic Lodge, 805 South Duncan Bypass, Union

• Jonesville Box 1 — Municipal Complex, 131 North Main Street, Jonesville

• Jonesville Box 2 — Jonesville Fire Department, 101 Webber Street, Jonesville

• Kelton — Kelton Fire House, 130 Pearidge Highway, Jonesville

• Lockhart — Lockhart Town Hall, 118 Mill Street, Lockhart

• Monarch Box 1 — Monarch Elementary School, 218 Monarch School Road, Union

• Monarch Box 2 — Monarch Fire House, 1508 Lockhart Highway, Union

• Putnam — Putman Recreation Building, 3692 Buffalo West-Springs Highway, Buffalo

• Santuck — Salem Baptist Church, 1835 Tinker Creek Road, Union

• Ward 1 Box 1 — Foster Park School, 901 Arthur Boulevard, Union

• Ward 1 Box 2 — Truluck Gym, 103 North Church Street, Union

• Ward 2 — Union County Schools Maintenance Department, 1417 Whitmire Highway, Union

• Ward 3 — Housing Authority Office, 201 Porter Street, Union

• Ward 4 Box 1 — Union County Courthouse, 210 West Main Street, Union

• Ward 4 Box 2 — Recreation Center, 111 Thomas Street, Union

• West Springs — Community Center, 116 West Springs Ball Field Road, Pauline

The polls will be open at these locations the days of the primaries from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

For more information about the presidential primaries, registering to vote, getting photo identification, and other voting-related matters contact the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office at 864-429-1616.

Offices On 2016 Ballot

Pettit also announced the following local, state and federal offices that will be on the ballot this year and the incumbents who currently hold them.

• US House of Representatives District 5 — Mick Mulvaney

• SC Senate District 13 — Shane Martin

• SC Senate District 14 — Harvey Peeler

• SC Senate District 18 — Ronnie Cromer

• SC House District 42 — Mike Anthony

• Sixteenth Circuit Solicitor — Kevin Brackett

• Union County Sheriff — David Taylor

• Union County Clerk of Court — June Miller

• Union County Council District 2 — Ralph Tucker

• Union County Council District 3 — Tommy Ford

• Union County Council District 5 — Randall “Chump” Hanvey

• Union County Council District 6 — Kacie Petrie

• Union County Soil And Water Commission — Henry Sprouse

• Union County School Board District 1 — Betty McMorris

• Union County School Board District 2 — Jantzen Childers

• Union County School Board District 6 — Kakie White

• Union County School Board District 7 — Manning Jeter

• Brown’s Creek Watershed — Twig Adams, CW Garner, Wayne Springs

• Mayor of the Town of Carlisle — Mary Ferguson Glenn

• Carlisle Town Council (two seats) — Ronnie Lyles

• Mayor of the City of Union — Harold Thompson

• Union City Council District 3 — Yates Giles

• Union City Council District 4 — Ricky Harris

• Union City Council District 6 — Jim Wilson

• Santuc Fire District (three seats) — Albert Gregory, Eddie Hines, Nancy Richardson

• Monarch Fire District (three seats) — Brad Jolly, Donald “Snake” Robinson, Larry Robinson

• Jonesville Fire District (two seats) — James Harvey, Jr., John Vaughan

Charles Warner | The Union Times This voting machine is one of two at the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office that can be used for casting absentee ballots for the Feb. 20 Republican presidential primary and the Feb. 27 Democratic presidential primary. This voting machine is reserved for absentee voting for the Republican primary. The other across from it is reserved for the Democratic primary.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_IMG_0002-3.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times This voting machine is one of two at the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office that can be used for casting absentee ballots for the Feb. 20 Republican presidential primary and the Feb. 27 Democratic presidential primary. This voting machine is reserved for absentee voting for the Republican primary. The other across from it is reserved for the Democratic primary.
For Democratic and Republican primaries

By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

comments powered by Disqus