Midterm Election 2018: What to bring, how to vote in Sumter, Lee, Clarendon counties

FROM STAFF REPORTS
Posted 11/5/18

WHAT TO BRING

Polls are open in South Carolina for the General Midterm Election from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Anyone in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to …

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Midterm Election 2018: What to bring, how to vote in Sumter, Lee, Clarendon counties

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WHAT TO BRING

Polls are open in South Carolina for the General Midterm Election from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Anyone in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote.

To vote in person, South Carolina residents must show one of the following photo IDs at their designated polling precinct:

• S.C. driver’s license

• S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles ID card

• S.C. voter registration card with photo

• Federal military ID

• U.S. passport

HOW DO I VOTE?

All 46 South Carolina counties use direct recording electronic voting machines. The voter makes his or her selections by pressing a button beside a party, candidate or issue displayed on the direct recording electronic  voting machine. After all selections have been made, the voter presses a “VOTE” button to cast his or her ballot.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I MOVED BUT HAVEN’T UPDATED MY ADDRESS?

Failsafe voting is designed to allow voters who have moved but have not updated the address to do so on election day and vote. This option is available to voters who moved:

From one address to another within the same precinct

Voter may vote a full ballot at the new precinct after completing a change of address form

From one precinct to another within the same county

Voter has two options:

• Go to previous polling place and vote on a limited, failsafe ballot containing only federal, statewide and  countywide offices. The voter’s updated address is recorded on a failsafe ballot envelope.

• Go to voter registration office, complete a change of address form and vote a full ballot.

From one S.C. county to another within 30 days of election

Voter has two options:

• Go to polling place in previous county of residence and vote a limited, failsafe ballot containing only federal,  statewide and countywide offices. The voter’s updated address is recorded on a failsafe ballot envelope.

• Go to voter registration office in current county of residence, complete a change of address form and vote a full ballot.

From one state to another after the deadline to register to vote in a presidential election in the new state of residence (not applicable for this election)

Failsafe voting also applies to municipal elections, with one exception: a voter must have resided in the municipality for 30 days prior to the election to be eligible to vote. So, if a voter has moved from outside a specific municipality to inside that municipality and the move occurred more than 30 days before the election, a failsafe ballot will not be available.