UNION COUNTY — Who will Union County support in Saturday’s Republican presidential primary?
The number of candidates seeking the GOP presidential nomination is dwindling but there are still plenty of choices for voters participating in the primary to choose from.
Candidates still in the running include:
• Jeb Bush
• Ben Carson
• Ted Cruz
• John Kasich
• Marco Rubio
• Donald Trump
While their names are still listed on the ballot, the following candidates have either dropped out of the race or suspended their campaigns:
• Mike Huckabee (Dropped out Feb. 1)
• Rand Paul (Suspended campaign Feb. 3)
• Rick Santorum (Dropped out Feb. 3)
• Carly Fiorina (Suspended campaign Feb. 10)
• Chris Christie (Dropped out Feb. 10)
• Jim Gilmore (Suspended campaign Feb. 12)
Persons who vote in Saturday’ Republican presidential primary cannot vote in the Democratic presidential primary which will be held on Feb. 27.
Whether you vote in the Republican or Democratic presidential primaries, your choice will not affect your ability to vote in the Republican or Democratic primaries which will be held in June to select the respective parties’ nominees for local, state, and federal offices. A person who votes in either presidential primary is still free to choose between the two party primaries which will be held in June.
In addition, your choices this month and in June will not limit your choices in the November general election when you will have the option of voting for candidates of either party or both or even third party and independent candidates.
Precinct Polling Places
Polls will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday at the following locations:
• 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
Voters who will not be able to cast their ballots on Saturday may vote absentee through Friday. A voting machine has been set up in the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office, located at 1246 S. Duncan Bypass, Union, for persons who have to vote absentee. The Voter Registrar’s Office is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Republican primary is being held under the rules that require voters to provide photographic identification before they can vote, whether they vote on the day of the primary or vote absentee. 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
A registered voter who has one of these forms of identification they are ready to vote. Voters without such identification can get one free of charge from the Department of Motor Vehicles or from the Voter Registrar’s office.
If a voter encounters an obstacle to getting photographic identification, 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. The ballot will count unless the county election board has grounds to believe the affidavit is false. Persons wanting more information on photographic identification should visit scVOTES.org or contact the Voter Registrar’s office.
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.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.