UNION COUNTY — Tuesday is the special election for the US House of Representatives Fifth District Seat but even if you’re going to be out of town that day you can still vote for the candidate of your choice.
Tuesday’s special election is being held to fill the Fifth District Seat which has been vacant since Feb. 16 when then-Rep. Mick Mulvaney was confirmed by the US Senate as Director of the Office and Management and Budget.
The following candidates are running to win the seat and serve out Mulvaney’s unexpired term:
• Archie Parnell — Democratic Party
• David Kulma — Green Party
• Ralph Norman — Republican Party
• Josh Thornton — American Party
• Victor Kocher — Libertarian Party
These are the candidates and the political parties the voters of Union County and the rest of the Fifth District have to choose from when they go to the polls Tuesday. You do not, however, have to go to the polling precinct where you are registered to vote to cast your ballot if you are unable to. You can instead vote absentee if you meet one of the following qualifications for doing so:
• Students attending school outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents
• Members of the Armed Forces or Merchant Marine serving outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them.
• Persons serving with the American Red Cross or United Service Organizations (USO) serving with the Armed Forces outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents.
• Persons who, for reasons of employment, will not be able to vote on election day
• Physically disabled persons.
• Government employees serving outside their county of residence on Election Day and their spouses and dependents residing with them.
• Persons with a death or funeral in the family within three days before the election.
• Persons who plan to be on vacation outside their county of residence on Election Day.
• Certified poll watchers, poll managers, and county election officials working on Election Day.
• Overseas Citizens.
• Persons attending sick or physically disabled persons.
• Persons admitted to the hospital as emergency patients on Election Day or within a four-day period before the election.
• Persons serving as a juror in state or federal court on Election Day.
• Persons 65 years of age or older.
• Persons confined to a jail or pre-trial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial.
If you meet any of those qualifications then you can vote absentee. These are the following options for voting absentee in Union County:
• Using the voting machine at the Voter Registrar’s Office, 1246 S. Duncan Bypass, Union between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
To vote absentee at the Voter Registrar’s Office a person must present one of the following forms of photographic identification:
• S.C. Driver’s License
• S.C. DMV ID Card (includes SC Concealed Weapons Permit)
• S.C. Voter Registration Card with a Photo
• Federal Military ID (includes VA Benefits Card)
• U.S. Passport
(These are the same types of identification a voter would have to present at the polls on Tuesday.)
• Voting by mail, either by coming in person to the Voter Registrar’s Office and getting ballot which you can mail in later or calling the office and having one mailed to you.
Union County Voter Registrar Darlene Pettit said that persons who opt to vote absentee by mail should get their ballot as soon as possible and mail it is as it must be received by her office by the time the polls close on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
For more information about voting absentee or related questions contact the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office at 864-429-1616.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.