On May 13 Governor McMaster Signed into Law S108 . Which restructures voting in South Carolina. According to politicians it makes voting more secure, while making it easier to vote. Whether you vote early or go on polling day – just go vote. You have a voice – use it. I don’t care who you vote for, so long as you think it is the best leader, manager, and CEO for the role you are hiring them for. Don’t play games with your vote or forget to use your vote, as you are literally picking the people that make the law you have to live by.
The new laws allow for:
In-person absentee voting has now been replaced with a two-week early voting period. Any voter can visit an early-voting location in their county and vote like they would at their polling place on Election Day.
Early-voting for June 14 Primaries:
Tuesday, May 31 – Friday, June 10.
Closed Saturday and Sunday, June 4 – 5.
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Early-voting for June 28 Runoffs:
Wednesday, June 22 – Friday, June 24.
Same hours and locations as Primaries.
Polling Place on Election Day
June 14 Primaries
Open from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Absentee (by-mail only)
In-Person Absentee Voting is no longer authorized by law.
Absentee voting allows qualified voters to cast a ballot by mail prior to Election Day.
Qualified voters include:
- Voters with disabilities.
- Voters sixty-five years of age or older.
- Members of the Armed Forces and Merchant Marines of the United States, their spouses, and dependents residing with them.
- Voters admitted to hospitals as emergency patients on the day of an election or within a four-day period before the election.
- Voters who, for one of the following reasons, are unable to vote in person on any day of the early-voting period or on Election Day.
- Employment obligations.
- Attending sick or physically disabled persons.
- Confined to a jail or pretrial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial.
- Absent from their county for any reason.
To vote absentee:
Request an absentee application by phone, mail, or in person at your county voter registration office.
Complete, sign and return the application to your county voter registration office by mail or in person.
You will receive your absentee ballot in the mail.
Vote and return your ballot to your county voter registration office by mail or in person no later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.
Be sure to sign the voter’s oath and have the return envelope witnessed. There are no changes to the witness requirement in effect for the June Primaries. Witness requirement changes in the law go into effect in July.
Photo ID is now required when returning a ballot in person.
Family members and authorized representatives are now limited to five ballot returns in addition to their own per election. Previously, there was no limit. There are additional changes to rules for others returning a voter’s ballot.
Returning more than five ballots for other voters is now a felony crime punishable by up to a $1,000 fine or five years in prison, or both.
Ballots returned by mail should be mailed no later than one week prior to election day to help ensure timely delivery.