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Updated: Bluffton election candidate, voting information

Bluffton municipal election candidates. TOP ROW, left to right: Cynthia Bensch and Mayor Lisa Sulka for mayor; and Oliver Brown, Brendan Downey and Ted Huffman for council. BOTTOM ROW: Harry Lutz, Eleanor McKinsey-Chandler, Jim Sims, Michael Spears and Dan Wood, all for council.
Bluffton municipal election candidates. TOP ROW, left to right: Cynthia Bensch and Mayor Lisa Sulka for mayor; and Oliver Brown, Brendan Downey and Ted Huffman for council. BOTTOM ROW: Harry Lutz, Eleanor McKinsey-Chandler, Jim Sims, Michael Spears and Dan Wood, all for council. Submitted and file photos
Updated Nov. 2 at 1:20 p.m. to include information on what ID to bring.

Bluffton voters head to the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots in the mayoral and town council elections.

Here's what you need to know.

Mayor

Lisa Sulka (incumbent)

Cynthia Bensch

Town Council (two seats open)

Ted Huffman (incumbent)

Brendan Downey

Oliver Brown

Jim Sims

Harry Lutz

Eleanor McKinsey-Chandler

Michael Spears

Dan Wood

Poll hours: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Where to vote: To find your polling location, visit Beaufort County's Board of Voter Registration and Elections website.

Due to construction, Bluffton voters who typically vote at the Buckwalter Gymnasium will now vote at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church, 351 Buckwalter Parkway.

This location change affects voters in Bluffton precincts 2B, 4B, 4C, 4D, 5A, and 5B.

What to bring: Remember to bring identification with you when you go to vote. The following forms of ID are accepted, according to the South Carolina State Election Commission: South Carolina driver's License, S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles ID card, South Carolina voter registration card with photo, federal military ID, or U.S. passport. For more information on acceptable forms of identification, visit http://www.scvotes.org

What if there is a runoff?

Because of the number of candidates in the council race and the number of seats open, there could be a runoff election, which would be held Nov. 17.

There are three scenarios that could play out, state election commission spokesman Chris Whitmire said.

1. If no candidate gets more than 25 percent of the vote, the top three vote-getters will participate in a runoff. The two candidates with the most votes in the runoff will get the two available council seats.

2. If only one candidate gets more than 25 percent of the vote, that person will fill one of the available seats. The next two highest vote-getters will have a head-to-head runoff for the second seat.

3. If three candidates get more than 25 percent of the vote there is no runoff and the top two vote-getters will fill the two available seats.

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