Elections

GOP voter guide: Basic SC primary questions answered

Don’t know where to vote? Don’t know who you want to vote for? This quick guide will prepare you for the S.C. Republican Party presidential primary Saturday.

(And don’t worry if you plan to vote for a Democrat; we’ll provide similar information for your primary next week.)

Don’t know when to vote?: Polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20. (The Democratic presidential primary is Feb. 27.) Those in line by 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote.

Don’t know where to vote?: Click this link to the S.C. Election Commission website. There, you can enter your personal information and find out where you should to to vote.

Don’t know if you’re eligible to vote in the Republican primary?: South Carolina has open primaries, so you can vote in either the GOP or Democratic presidential primary — but you can’t vote in both. Only candidates for the Republican presidential nomination appear on the ballot in the Feb. 20 voting. Primaries for state and local offices won’t be held until June. If you vote in the Republican presidential primary, you can still vote in the Democratic primary in June, and vise versa.

Don’t know what to take to the poll?: Be prepared to show one of the following photo IDs:

  • S.C. Driver’s license
  • ID card issued by the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles
  • S.C. Voter Registration Card with Photo
  • Federal Military ID
  • U.S. passport

Don’t know who to follow?: We’ll be tracking election news throughout the day at IslandPacket.com. Our reporters will also be using Twitter to give you the latest news and share interesting perspectives. We suggest you follow reporter Mindy Lucas, audience engagement editor Jeff Kidd and special projects editor Gina Smith. You should also follow our photographers’ Lowcountry Lens account and the institutional accounts for The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette.

We’ve saved you the trouble of searching Twitter for them. Just click on their follow buttons below.

Don’t know who you’re going to vote for?: For those waiting until the last minute to decide, here are quick profiles of each of the six Republican candidates still in the race.

Don’t know much about how the candidates are funded or how they are polling?: Check out this interactive that takes the state’s temperature ahead of the primaries.

Have more questions?: Check out the S.C. State Election Commission’s FAQ.

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