Voter registration deadline for Clarendon primaries today, this weekend

BY KAYLA ROBINS
kayla@theitem.com
Posted 5/11/18

Primary elections for South Carolina voters to choose which party representatives will be on the ballot in November for state, local and national seats are approaching, and the deadline to register …

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Voter registration deadline for Clarendon primaries today, this weekend

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Primary elections for South Carolina voters to choose which party representatives will be on the ballot in November for state, local and national seats are approaching, and the deadline to register to vote is looming even sooner.

The deadline to register to vote for the June 12 statewide primaries is today by 5 p.m. to register in person, on Sunday by 11:59 p.m. to register online or by fax or email and on Monday to register by mail, according to the South Carolina Election Commission.

South Carolina residents wanting to register must have their driver’s license or DMV ID, must be a U.S. citizen and at least 18 years old on or before the election, cannot be under a court order declaring you mentally incompetent, must not be confined in a public prison from a conviction of a crime and must have never been convicted of a felony or offense against the elections laws (or must have served the entire sentence including probation or parole or have been pardoned if previously convicted.)

Voters do not have to specify a party when registering. During the upcoming primary election, each voter can choose which party’s ballot to participate in. Each voter can only vote in one party’s primary for each election.

All of Clarendon County’s elections for county and state House seats are on the Democratic ticket, and all five races will be contested in the primary but uncontested in the general election in November. Each primary winner will be expected to go on as the winner in November, as there are no Republicans running, unless a write-in candidate takes more votes.

June 12’s ballot will see races for coroner (Bucky Mock, incumbent, and LaNette Samuels-Cooper), Clarendon County Council Districts 1 (Billy Richardson, incumbent, and Robert McFadden Sr.) and 3 (Benton Blakely, incumbent, and Charlton Watts) and state House Districts 64 (Robert Ridgeway, incumbent, and Mitch Ellerby) and 101 (Cezar McKnight, incumbent, and Alfred Darby).

Statewide, the primaries for Democrats will see choices for governor (Marguerite Willis, James Smith and Phil Noble) and South Carolina Congressional 5th District in the U.S. House (Archie Parnell, Steve Lough, Mark Ali and Sidney Moore), while Republicans will be able to choose their representative for governor (Henry McMaster, incumbent, Catherine Templeton, Kevin Bryant, John Warren and John Yancey McGill), secretary of state (Mark Hammond, incumbent, Joshua Putnam, Nelson Faerber and Kerry Wood) and attorney general (Alan Wilson, incumbent, Todd Atwater and William Herlong). Of the races on the primary ballot, the governor, secretary of state and attorney general selections will face opposition from another party in November.

To register in person, go to the Sumter County Board of Voter Registration and Elections at 141 N. Main St., Room 111. To register online and to find your voting precinct and district, visit www.scvotes.org. To register by mail, fax or email, go to that website to download a voter registration form and send it in.