Frequently asked questions from voters

info@islandpacket.comNovember 6, 2012 

Some Election Day frequently asked questions.

Question. Where do I vote?

Answer. At the polling place in your precinct. Your precinct and polling place are listed on your voter registration card. To ensure your polling place hasn't changed since your card was issued, check your voter registration at www.scVOTES.org. Click on "Check Your Voter Registration." This feature will allow you to pull up a map from your house to your polling place.

Q. What hours will the polls be open?

A. Polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Anyone in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote.

Q. Is the new photo ID law in effect?

A. No, the new photo ID rules are not in effect for any elections in 2012. To learn more about the new rules that begin Jan. 1, go to www.scvotes.org.

Q. What do I need to take with me to the polls?

A. You will be required to show a voter registration card, a driver's license or an ID card issued by the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles. If you registered by mail and did not include identification with your application, and you are voting for the first time since registering, you will not be allowed to vote with only your voter registration card. You also will need to provide either a valid photo ID, such as a driver's license or DMV-issued ID card, or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or government document that shows your name and address in the county.

Q. I've lost my voter registration card. Can I still vote?

A. Yes. Voters may also vote with their driver's license or a DMV-issued ID card.

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. No campaigning is allowed inside the polling place. Candidates may be inside the polling place and talking to voters as long as they are not campaigning, intimidating voters, or interfering with the election process. Candidates and campaign staff may campaign within 200 feet of a polling place entrance if they are not intimidating voters or interfering with the election process. However, no campaign literature, signs or posters are allowed. Candidates are allowed to wear a badge no larger than 4.25 by 4.25 inches, featuring only the candidate's name and office sought. Candidates must remove their badge upon entering a polling place.

Q. Can candidates or their representatives take people to the polls to vote?

A. Yes.

Q. Do employers have to give you time off to vote?

A. No. There is no state or federal law requiring employers to give time off to employees to vote. Voters who know they will not be able to visit the polls on Election Day could have applied to vote absentee before the day of the election.

Q. Can alcoholic beverages be sold on Election Day?

A. Yes, but not in liquor stores. State law prohibits retail liquor sales on the day of the general election.

Q. Can lottery tickets be sold on Election Day?

A. Yes.

Source: S.C. State Election Commission, www.scVOTES.org

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