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4:32 PM, Oct 30, 2012   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Whether you're at the polls for absentee voting or waiting until the big day, there's some things you should know.

"You may have to stand in line for a minute but I think that's the least we can do to honor that legacy," said Chris Whitmire with the State Election Commission.

We're less than a week from the election and to place your vote you'll need one of three things.

"To vote in South Carolina right now you've got to show one of three IDs: Your voter registration card, a driver's license or a DMV ID card," he said.

You don't have to wait until next week. You can actually vote right now.

"You can vote absentee, like I said, there are two different ways to do it; By mail and in person. By mail at this date, you're geting a little late to try to vote absentee by mail," Whitmire said.

The deadline to submit an application to vote by mail is 5 o'clock this Friday. You must also meet one of 15 reasons to vote absentee.

  1. Students attending school outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them
  2. Members of the Armed Forces or Merchant Marine serving outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them
  3. Persons serving with the American Red Cross or with the United Service Organizations (USO) who are attached to and serving with the Armed Forces outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them
  4. Persons who, for reasons of employment, will not be able to vote on election day
  5. Physically disabled persons
  6. Government employees serving outside their county of residence on Election Day and their spouses and dependents residing with them
  7. Persons with a death or funeral in the family within three days before the election
  8. Persons who plan to be on vacation outside their county of residence on Election Day
  9. Certified poll watchers, poll managers, and county election officials working on Election Day
  10. Overseas Citizens
  11. Persons attending sick or physically disabled persons
  12. Persons admitted to the hospital as emergency patients on Election Day or within a four-day period before the election
  13. Persons serving as a juror in state or federal court on Election Day
  14. Persons sixty-five years of age or older
  15. Persons confined to a jail or pre-trial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial

And you can vote in person at your respective county election commission office, just watch what you wear.

"You cannot display or distribute any campaign material within 200 feet of the entrance of a polling place on election day," Whitmire said. " So don't wear your candidate t-shirt or hat or button."

And if you were thinking of twit pic'ing your ballot, think again.

"It's actually against the law to take a picture of your ballot in the voting booth and cause your ballot to be seen by other people," he said.

Whether it's by mail or on foot, just make sure your vote counts. For more help on what to do and what not to do at the polls, go to SCvotes.org.

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