UNION COUNTY — Time is running out to vote absentee and that’s why the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office will be open this Saturday.
Voter Registrar Darlene Pettit said that her office will be open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. to accommodate Union County residents wanting to vote absentee if they meet the qualifications for doing so. Voting machines have been set up in the Voter Registrar’s Office for those who want to cast their ballot in person but will be be unable to do so on Nov. 8. The votes cast at the Registrar’s Office, along with absentee ballots submitted by mail, will be tallied as part of the Absentee Precinct on election night.
While her office will be open Saturday, Pettit said Monday will be the last day absentee ballots can be cast.
Some residents have opted to vote absentee at home which requires the Registrar’s Office to mail the ballot out to the person requesting it. Pettit said that Friday is the last day her office can mail out an absentee ballot. She said that all absentee ballots mailed out must be returned to her office by 7 p.m. Tuesday in order to be counted.
In order to vote absentee, a person must fall under one of the following qualifications:
• 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.
Pettit also reminded residents of the Bonham precinct that they will be casting their ballots at the old school bus shop off SC 18 across from the location of the old Bonham Fire Station.
For more information about voting in Tuesday’s general election and related matters contact the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office at 864-429-1616.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.