Need to know: The 1st Congressional District special election

info@islandpacket.comMay 6, 2013 


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

Who is running?

Republican candidate Mark Sanford, Democrat/Working Families candidate Elizabeth Colbert Busch and Green Party candidate Eugene Platt

Where do I vote?

Click here to find a list of polling places. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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 election 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.


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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