Need to know: the 1st Congressional District Republican runoff

info@islandpacket.comApril 1, 2013 

Here's what you need to know as you head to the polls to vote in Tuesday's 1st Congressional District Republican runoff:

Who is running?

Mark Sanford and Curtis Bostic are vying for the Republican nomination. In the March 19 primary, Sanford captured about 37 percent of the vote -- the clear winner in the crowded field of 16 candidates. Bostic earned about 13 percent.

The two have faced off in two debates within the last week, one in Charleston and the other Monday in Beaufort County. They've also been in overdrive gathering endorsements and getting their messages out.

Who can vote? Any registered voter in the district who didn't vote in the Democratic primary.

Where do I vote?

Click here to find a list of polling places.

What should I bring?

Because of a new state law, all voters will be asked to provide one of the following types of photo ID at their polling place:

  • S.C. driver's license. Out-of-state licenses will not be accepted.
  • Another type of S.C. identification card issued by the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles.
  • S.C. voter registration card with a photo.
  • A federal military ID.
  • U.S. passport.
Voters who forget their ID may cast a provisional ballot that will count only if they show their photo ID to their local county election commission prior to certification of the election.

Voters who do not have a photo ID can get one free from their local county voter registration office. They must provide their name, birth date and the last four digits of their Social Security number.

Voters who have extenuating circumstances that prevent them from getting a photo ID before the runoff can bring their non-photo voter registration card (the old card without photo) to the polls. They will be allowed to vote after signing an affidavit stating they have a reasonable impediment to obtaining photo ID. Allowable impediments include a religious objection to being photographed, a disability, illness, work schedule, lack of transportation, family responsibilities or any other obstacle the voter finds reasonable.


What happens next?

Whoever wins today's primary will face Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch in the May 7 special election.

Why are we having this runoff?

None of the 16 Republican hopefuls captured a majority of the votes in the March 19 primary. The election is being held to fill the seat that was vacated when Tim Scott was appointed to fill former Sen. Jim DeMint's seat. DeMint announced in December he would leave the Senate to run the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank in Washington, D.C.

Want more?

Check out our election coverage at We'll also be updating the website with news from the polls, and tonight with results, so check back with The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette later today. You can also follow reporter Gina Smith at

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