The June 10 primaries in York County will mainly focus on two races for the S.C. House of Representatives and two races for York County Council.
We will cover these individual races early next week — but if you plan on voting early, have moved recently or are not sure if you have the correct credentials to vote at the polls, see this Q&A from the S.C. Election Commission.
Q. What candidates and/or offices are on the ballot today?
A. The candidates and offices on a particular ballot will differ depending on the county and districts in which you reside and the primary in which you’re voting (Republican or Democratic). To see the candidates that will appear on your ballot, visit scVOTES.org and click “Get My Sample Ballot” in the mySCVOTES section of the homepage.
Q. Where do I vote?
A. At the polling place in your precinct. Your precinct and polling place are listed on your voter registration card. However, it’s possible your polling place may have changed since the card was issued. To be sure of the location of your polling place:
Q. What do I need to take with me to the polls to vote?
A. When voting in person, you will be asked to show one of the following Photo IDs:
Q. What should I do if I don’t have one of the listed Photo IDs?
A. Make your voting experience as fast and easy as possible by getting a free Photo ID from your county voter registration and elections office or your local DMV office.
Q. What if I forget to bring my Photo ID to my polling place?
A. You can either retrieve your Photo ID and return to vote, or vote a provisional ballot that will count only if you show your Photo ID to the election commission prior to certification of the election (on Thursday for primaries).
Q. What if I can’t get a Photo ID?
A. Bring your non-photo voter registration card with you to the polling place. This will allow you to sign an affidavit stating you have a reasonable impediment to obtaining Photo ID and then vote a provisional ballot. This provisional ballot will count unless someone proves to the election commission that you are lying about your identity or about having the listed impediment.
A reasonable impediment is any valid reason, beyond your control, which created an obstacle to obtaining a Photo ID. Some examples include:
To vote under the reasonable impediment exception:
Q. What hours will the polls be open?
A. Polling places will be open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. for the June 10 Primary and the June 24 Runoff. As long as you are in line by 7:00 p.m., you will be allowed to vote.
Q. Why can’t I vote in both primaries?
A. State law prohibits voters from voting in more than one party’s primary on the same day. Poll managers will ask voters, “In which party’s primary do you wish to vote today?”
Q. If I voted in one party’s primary, can I vote in the other party’s runoff?
A. No. The runoff is a continuation of the primary. If you voted in a party’s primary, you can vote only in the runoff of the same party. If you were eligible but did not vote in a primary, you can vote in either party’s runoff.
Q. I’ve moved since the last election and haven’t updated by voter registration card. Can I still vote?
A. If you…
Two Options for Voting Failsafe:
Q. I saw a candidate/member of candidate’s campaign at my polling place talking to voters. Can he do that?
A. Yes, but there are restrictions:
Q. A candidate is definitely campaigning while in the polling place, or there is campaign literature within 200 feet of the entrance. What can I do?
A. Inform the poll clerk immediately. If the issue is not resolved, contact the county election commission. The election commission will address the complaint.
Q. Can candidates or their representatives take people to the polls to vote?
A. Yes. It’s ok for any person, even a candidate, to give a voter a ride as long as it’s solely to help facilitate voting. However, no one can give a voter anything of value in exchange for voting.
Q. When/where will results be reported?
A. Unofficial results will be reported on election night at scVOTES.org in real time as the SEC receives them from each county election commission.
Q. When is a recount necessary?
A. When the difference between any candidate declared nominated and any other candidate not declared nominated is 1% or less of the total votes cast for all candidates for that office, a recount is mandatory.
Q. How is the winner determined in a Primary?
A. A candidate must receive a majority of votes cast for that office to win the primary. In offices with one seat to fill (most offices), majority is determined by dividing the total votes cast for the office by two. Any number of votes in excess of the quotient is a majority. If no candidate has a majority, then the two candidates remaining with the highest number of votes will appear in a runoff two weeks after the date of the primary (June 24th).
Q. How is the winner determined in a runoff?
A. The candidate with the highest number of votes wins.
Q. Do employers have to give you time off to vote?
A. No. There is no state or federal law mandating that employers give time off to employees to vote. Voters who know they will not be able to visit the polls on Election Day should apply to vote absentee before the day of the election.
Q. Are there any laws about candidates posting their signs along the roadway?
A. Yes, there are several state laws addressing political signs on roadways, as well as county and municipal ordinances. See SC Code of Laws Sections 57-25-10, 57-25-140, and 7-25-210. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the entity that maintains the road (state, county, and municipality) to enforce applicable sign laws.
Q. When I left the polls, I was asked to participate in an “exit poll.” Is this legal?
A. Exit polls are legal and participation is voluntary. They are NOT conducted by the State Election Commission or the county election commissions. Exit polls may not be conducted inside the polling place, and voters should not be approached as they enter the polling place. If you feel threatened or intimidated by a pollster, report it immediately to the poll clerk.