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U.S. House of Representatives District 1 Special Election

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2013-03-04
Joan Dehne joan@dehne.com

U.S. House of Representatives District 1 Special Election

Important Dates

February 16 - Last day to register to vote in Primary

March 19 - Primary

April 2 - Primary Runoff

April 6 - Last day to register to vote in Special Election

May 7 - Special Election

Beginning January 1, 2013, you will be asked to show one of the following Photo IDs at your polling place:

S.C. Driver's License
ID Card issued by S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles
S.C. Voter Registration Card with Photo
Federal Military ID
U.S. Passport

HOW TO GET A PHOTO ID:

If you do not currently have one of the Photo IDs above, you can make your voting experience as fast and easy as possible by getting one free of charge:

Registered voters can get a voter registration card with a photo from their county voter registration and elections office by simply providing their date of birth and the last four digits of their Social Security Number. Get a DMV ID card at a local DMV office. Check with DMV or scdmvonline.com for required documents.

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE PHOTO ID ON ELECTION DAY:

If you have a reasonable impediment to obtaining Photo ID, you may vote a provisional ballot after showing your non-photo voter registration card. A reasonable impediment is any valid reason, beyond your control, which created an obstacle to obtaining Photo ID. Some examples include:

Religious objection to being photographed
Disability or illness
Work schedule
Lack of transportation
Lack of birth certificate
Family responsibilities
Election within short time frame of implementation of Photo ID law (January 1, 2013)
Any other obstacle you find reasonable
To vote under the reasonable impediment exception:

1. Present your current, non-photo registration card at the polling place
2. Sign an affidavit stating why you could not obtain a Photo ID
3. Cast a provisional ballot that will be counted unless the county election commission has reason to believe your affidavit is false.
If you do NOT have Photo ID and do NOT have a reasonable impediment to obtaining one, or you simply forgot to bring it with you to the polls, you may still vote a provisional ballot.

However, for your vote to be counted, you must provide one of the Photo IDs to the county election commission prior to certification of the election (usually Thursday or Friday after the election).

ABSENTEE VOTING

-Procedures for voting by absentee ballot:
Qualified voters may vote absentee in person or by mail.

In Person - Visit your county voter registration office, complete an application, and cast your ballot. You may vote absentee in person up until 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election. Rules for photo ID required to vote at the polling place apply.

By Mail - Follow these steps to vote absentee by mail. Photo ID is not required to vote absentee by mail.

Step 1: Get an absentee application in one of two ways:

Get the application online. Follow this link to get your application online. To get your application online, you must be able to print your application or save your application for printing later. You can only get your application online once.

Request an application from your county voter registration office by phone, mail, email, or fax. You will be mailed an application.

Step 2: You've now printed your application online or received your application in the mail. You must now complete and sign the application and return it to your county voter registration office. You should return the application as soon as possible but no later than 5:00 p.m. on the 4th day prior to the election (the 4th day is Friday for all Tuesday elections). You may return the application by mail, email, fax, or personal delivery.

Step 3: You will be mailed an absentee ballot.

Step 4: Vote the ballot following ballot instructions and return it to your county voter registration office by 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election. You may return the ballot personally or by mail. You may also have another person return the ballot for you, but you must first complete an authorization to return absentee ballot form, available from your county voter registration office.

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