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Deadline Saturday to register to vote in November

Three days remain for residents to register to vote in the Nov. 6 general election, which will include races to pick the next U.S. president on down to local commissioners on public-service districts.

A steady stream of residents flowed through the Beaufort County Board of Voter Registration and Elections office at 15 Galt Road in Beaufort to register, while others are registering online, said the office's executive director, Scott Marshall.

South Carolina's new online voter registration system went live at 2 p.m. Tuesday. By 10 a.m. Wednesday, 3,102 applications had been submitted, according to the S.C. State Election Commission.

Residents can register or check the status of their applications at www.scvotes.org. Information such as the wording of ballot issues and the slate of local candidates is available at the county elections office's webpage at www.bcgov.net.

Those seeking to register can:

  • Go online to www.scvotes.org or in person to the elections office at 15 John Galt Road, or its satellite office at 61-B Ulmer Road in Bluffton. A valid S.C. driver's license is required.
  • If you've moved since you last voted, update your address with the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles, then with the county elections office.
  • The last day to register to be eligible for the Nov. 6 general election is Saturday. Last-minute registration will be offered from 8 a.m. to noon that day at the main office on John Galt Road. Registration applications postmarked by midnight and mailed to the elections at P.O. Drawer 1228, Beaufort, SC 29901-1228, also will be accepted.
  • Marshall said about 5,000 absentee ballots have been sent to his office so far. About 20,000 county residents voted with absentee ballots in the 2008 presidential election.

    Three temporary employees have been hired to help with paperwork, and a fourth will begin next week, Marshall said.

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