The South Carolina primary is a week away. A number of statewide offices are on the ballot including governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. State Election Commission spokesman Chris Whitmire says voters should make sure of the location of their respective polling places and be clear on voting day that they are casting their ballots in order of their particular political party preference. Whitmire explains:
You are locked into the primary you voted into originally, so if you vote in the Republican primary on June 8, then your only option for the June 22 runoff is the Republican runoff. If you did not vote in a primary on June 8 then you would have a choice to decide what runoff you would like to vote in.
Whitmire says historically, voter turnout is low for primaries when compared to turnouts for the November General Elections. Whitmire says your choice of party in the primaries has no bearing on your voting choice in the general election.
State primary runoffs will be held two weeks after the June 8 primary on June 22. By the numbers, Whitmire explains when a runoff in a particular race is necessary:
If you have two candidates in a race odds are one of those candidates is going to receive a majority of the vote unless there is a tie but odds are stacked against that occurring but if if did occur a runoff would be held. If there are more than two candidates and no one receives a majority, then the two highest vote-getters out of that race would then go to a runoff.
Only the candidates from the two major parties will appear on the primary ballots, says Whitmire,
The only candidates you see in the primaries are republicans and democrats. There are actually two separate primaries going on at the same time, the democratic primary and the Republican primary. Independent candidates, or petition candidates, or the candidates of the other seven certified political parties in South Carolina, you won’t see those candidates until the general election.
Whitmire says voters have to have one of three items to vote: a driver’s license, a DMV- issued identification card, or a voter registration card. He says, “There is one caveat to that and that is if you registered to vote by mail and you did not include a copy of an ID with that voter registration application, then you will be asked to present an additional ID at the time of voting.”