UNION COUNTY — The Democratic and Republican presidential primaries are fast approaching and the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office will be open this Saturday to accommodate persons wanting to vote absentee.
Registrar Darlene K. Pettit said that her office, located at 1246 S. Duncan Bypass, will be open Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for absentee voting in the upcoming primaries.
“We are taking every step possible to ensure that every voter has the opportunity to vote in the primary of their choice,” Pettit said.
The Republican presidential primary will be held Feb. 20 while the Democratic presidential primary will be held Feb. 27. Pettit reminded Union County residents that voters may participate in only one party’s presidential primary.
Both primaries will be held under the rules that require voters to provide photographic identification before they can vote, whether they vote on the day of the primary or vote absentee. Voters must provide one of the following forms of photographic identification when they go to the polls either on the day of the primary they choose to vote in or if voting absentee at her office:
• 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
A registered voter who has one of these forms of identification they are ready to vote. Voters without such identification can get one free of charge from the Department of Motor Vehicles or from the Voter Registrar’s office.
If a voter encounters an obstacle to getting photographic identification, they should bring their paper voter registration card without a photo with them to their polling place. The voter can then sign an affidavit swearing to their identity and to their obstacle to obtaining photographic identification and vote a provisional ballot. The ballot will count unless the county election board has grounds to believe the affidavit is false. Persons wanting more information on photographic identification should visit scVOTES.org or contact the Voter Registrar’s office.
The following candidates are listed on the ballot for the Feb. 20 Republican presidential primary, though some have since dropped out of the race or suspended their campaign:
• Jeb Bush
• Ben Carson
• Chris Christie
• Ted Cruz
• Carlie Fiorina
• Jim Gilmore
• Mike Huckabee (Dropped out Feb. 1)
• John Kasich
• Rand Paul (Suspended campaign Feb. 3)
• Marco Rubio
• Rick Santorum (Dropped out Feb. 3)
• Donald Trump
The following candidates are listed on the ballot for the Feb. 27 Democratic presidential primary including absentee voting although, again, some of have dropped out of the race:
• Hillary Clinton
• Martin O’Malley (Suspended campaign Feb. 1)
• Bernie Sanders
• Willie Wilson
Precinct Polling Places
For those who opt to wait until either Feb. 20 or Feb. 27 to cast their ballot, voting for both the Democratic and Republican primaries will take place in the following precincts and polling places:
• Adamsburg — Philippi Fire House, 263 Philippi Church Road, Union
• Black Rock — Bethesda Church Annex, 5751 Whitmire Highway, Whitmire
• Bonham — Bonham Fire House, 114 Mulberry Drive, Union
• Buffalo Box 1 — Buffalo Fire House, 132 Bailey Road, Buffalo
• Carlisle — Carlisle Town Hall, 3911Fishdam Avenue, Carlisle
• Cross Keys — Cross Keys Fire House, 4483 Cross Keys Highway, Union
• East Buffalo — Buffalo Elementary School, 733 Main Street, Buffalo
• Excelsior — Masonic Lodge, 805 South Duncan Bypass, Union
• Jonesville Box 1 — Municipal Complex, 131 North Main Street, Jonesville
• Jonesville Box 2 — Jonesville Fire Department, 101 Webber Street, Jonesville
• Kelton — Kelton Fire House, 130 Pearidge Highway, Jonesville
• Lockhart — Lockhart Town Hall, 118 Mill Street, Lockhart
• Monarch Box 1 — Monarch Elementary School, 218 Monarch School Road, Union
• Monarch Box 2 — Monarch Fire House, 1508 Lockhart Highway, Union
• Putnam — Putman Recreation Building, 3692 Buffalo West-Springs Highway, Buffalo
• Santuck — Salem Baptist Church, 1835 Tinker Creek Road, Union
• Ward 1 Box 1 — Foster Park School, 901 Arthur Boulevard, Union
• Ward 1 Box 2 — Truluck Gym, 103 North Church Street, Union
• Ward 2 — Union County Schools Maintenance Department, 1417 Whitmire Highway, Union
• Ward 3 — Housing Authority Office, 201 Porter Street, Union
• Ward 4 Box 1 — Union County Courthouse, 210 West Main Street, Union
• Ward 4 Box 2 — Recreation Center, 111 Thomas Street, Union
• West Springs — Community Center, 116 West Springs Ball Field Road, Pauline
The polls will be open at these locations the days of the primaries from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
For more information about the presidential primaries, registering to vote, getting photo identification, and other voting-related matters contact the Union County Voter Registrar’s Office at 864-429-1616.
Offices On 2016 Ballot
As important as they are, the Democratic and Republican presidential primaries are just part of the 2016 electoral cycle which also includes races for a variety of federal, state, and local offices.
The following is a list of the offices that will be on the 2016 ballot in Union County and the incumbents who currently hold them.
• US House of Representatives District 5 — Mick Mulvaney
• SC Senate District 13 — Shane Martin
• SC Senate District 14 — Harvey Peeler
• SC Senate District 18 — Ronnie Cromer
• SC House District 42 — Mike Anthony
• Sixteenth Circuit Solicitor — Kevin Brackett
• Union County Sheriff — David Taylor
• Union County Clerk of Court — June Miller (Has said she will not be a candidate for the office in the November general election.)
• Union County Council District 2 — Ralph Tucker
• Union County Council District 3 — Tommy Ford
• Union County Council District 5 — Randall “Chump” Hanvey
• Union County Council District 6 — Kacie Petrie
• Union County Soil And Water Commission — Henry Sprouse
• Union County School Board District 1 — Betty McMorris
• Union County School Board District 2 — Jantzen Childers
• Union County School Board District 6 — Kakie White
• Union County School Board District 7 — Manning Jeter
• Brown’s Creek Watershed — Twig Adams, CW Garner, Wayne Springs
• Mayor of the Town of Carlisle — Mary Ferguson Glenn
• Carlisle Town Council (two seats) — Ronnie Lyles
• Mayor of the City of Union — Harold Thompson
• Union City Council District 3 — Yates Giles
• Union City Council District 4 — Ricky Harris
• Union City Council District 6 — Jim Wilson
• Santuc Fire District (three seats) — Albert Gregory, Eddie Hines, Nancy Richardson
• Monarch Fire District (three seats) — Brad Jolly, Donald “Snake” Robinson, Larry Robinson
• Jonesville Fire District (two seats) — James Harvey, Jr., John Vaughan
The Democratic presidential primary will be held Feb. 27. Persons who want to vote absentee in the primary will have an extra opportunity to do so this Saturday. The Union County Voter Registrar’s Office will be open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. to allow persons who want to vote absentee to do so.
The Republican presidential primary will be held Feb. 20. Persons who want to vote absentee in the primary will have an extra opportunity to do so this Saturday. The Union County Voter Registrar’s Office will be open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. to allow persons who want to vote absentee to do so.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.