Elections

County officials predict a smooth election

Paul Keyserling casts his early ballot Monday afternoon at the Beaufort County Voter Registration Office. Beaufort County polling places will be open today from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Paul Keyserling casts his early ballot Monday afternoon at the Beaufort County Voter Registration Office. Beaufort County polling places will be open today from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. BOB SOFALY | The Beaufort Gazett

A Beaufort County election official says everything is in place for a smooth and successful Election Day when polls open at 7 a.m. today.

Scott Marshall, executive director of the Beaufort County Board of Voter Registration and Elections, said he expects 45 percent to 50 percent of the county's 96,260 voters to participate in today's elections.

Beaufort County voters likely will see cloudy skies and could encounter light showers as they head to the polls, although the forecast shows just a 20 percent chance of rain, according to Steve Rowley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Charleston.

Marshall said preparation for the election has included no major hiccups. Voters might notice some polling locations will be using new electronic voter registration that will replace paper poll books and are expected to speed up the check-in process, Marshall said.

Marshall also offered voters some last-minute advice as they head to the polls:

  • Voters must have a voter registration card, South Carolina drivers license or another form of picture identification issued by the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles.
  • Polls are typically busiest between 7 and 9 a.m. and 4 and 7 p.m. Avoiding those hours will likely mean a shorter wait.
  • Voters get five minutes in the voting booth and should, if possible, familiarize themselves with the four constitutional amendment questions ahead of time. The questions will be posted at polling places, Marshall said. The questions are also available online at the board's page on bcgov.net.
  • Voters should be aware some contests will allow voters to select more than one candidate. Those races, including the Beaufort City Council race and Fripp Island Public Service District race, will say "two seats to fill" at the top.
  • With no candidate on the ballot, the Beaufort County school board race in Hilton Head Island's District 2 will be decided by write-in votes. Voters can watch a video on how to use the voting machines and how to property cast a write-in ballot online at the board's page on bcgov.net.
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