As the hot summer season cools down, election season is heating up. State officials are urging South Carolinians to prepare for what they say looks like a big presidential election. The State Election Commission (SEC) encourages voters to check their polling place and look at sample ballots early in order to reduce voting wait times and confusion on November 8.
October 8th is the deadline to register to vote in the November presidential election. Because of the nature of this election, the election commission expects a large turnout resulting in long lines at polling locations.
“The last time that we had presidential election with no incumbent election was 2008 we set a record with 76% percent of the registered voters in South Carolina voted. So we expect a big turnout,” said election commission spokesman Chris Whitmire.
The SEC says that voters can do their part in shortening lines on voting day by looking at sample ballots ahead of time at scVOTES.org and making their decisions before walking into the voting booth.
“Be ready, we don’t want voters to be contemplating these big issues there in the booth,” Whitmire said. “We want voters to have done some thinking before they get there so that it doesn’t take that long to vote.”
Voters are also encouraged to remember to bring the correct form of identification. There are five types of Photo ID that can be used to vote:
- Drivers Licence
- DMV ID (concealed weapons ID)
- Voters ID card
- US Passport
- Military ID
“We want voters to be ready to vote,” State Election Commission Executive Director Marci Andino said in a statement, “Updating your address, knowing where to vote, having the right ID, and reviewing your sample ballot are all keys to having a smooth election day process.”