Columbia, SC (WLTX) - South Carolina goes to the polls today to cast ballots for a series of local races.
Most of the contests will be municipal races---primarily mayors and city and town council persons. Here's some information that you'll need to know before heading to the ballot.
When will the polls be open?
Polls statewide will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Can I go ahead and vote absentee?
Absentee voting has now ended.
What information do I need to bring to the polls?
People need to bring one (1) of the following forms of photo ID:
- SC Driver's License
- SCDMV ID Card
- SC Voter Registration Card with photo
- Federal Military ID
- United States Passport
If you don't have any of these forms of identification, you may vote with what's known as a provisional ballot. However, if you do that, you must then go back to your county election office and show your photo ID before the vote is certified, which usually happens the Thursday or Friday after the election.
You also have to sign an affidavit saying there was a reasonable impediment to getting a photo ID. To see a list of those reasons, click here:
I forgot where to vote/not sure where to vote/want to know who I can vote for
Luckily, if one or all of those questions apply to you, there are resources that are available for you now.
Check My Voter Registration - This will let you know what precinct you should be voting at, and what U.S. House, county council, city council, and other local races you're allowed to vote in. It'll ask you your county, your name, and your date of birth, and then hit submit to finish the process.
Get My Sample Ballot - You'll know exactly what races you'll see when you walk into the booth, so you can go ahead and make your choice now to reduce your time in the booth.
Find My Polling Place - You can even get directions using this tool
What elections will be on the ballot? Below is the list of races that WLTX will be tracking on Election Night. We do not include races on the ballot that are uncontested.
Batesburg-Leesville Council 2
Olin Gambrell III
Blythewood Town Council
Donald Brock Jr.
Bowman Town Council
Branchville Town Council
Chapin Town Council
Columbia City Council – At Large
Tameika Isaac Devine
Columbia City Council District 1
Elloree Town Council 4
Holly Hill Mayor
Holly Hill Town Council
Irmo Question: Store/Raise Chickens
Irmo Town Council
C Bret Chitwood
Barry Walker Sr.
Neeses Town Council
Orangeburg School Board Trustee 35
Orangeburg School Trustee 43
Glenn Edwards Sr.
Orangeburg School Trustee 45
Pine Ridge Council
Floyd Dinkins III
Springdale Town Council
J Kevin Reeley
St. Matthews Council 1
Swansea Mayor – 2 precincts
Turbeville Town Council
West Columbia District 1
West Columbia District 5
West Columbia District 7