Tomorrow — Tuesday, June 9 — is Primary Election Day in South Carolina. If you’re a registered voter, don’t miss this opportunity to help decide who represents you in Columbia. This year’s election will be critical for determining whether South Carolina will finally enact a compassionate medical cannabis law in 2021.
Before you cast your votes, check out our voter guides for candidates for the South Carolina House and Senate. There is no party registration in South Carolina, so voters can choose either the Republican or Democratic primary ballot.
Here are the details on how to vote, drawn from information posted by the S.C. Elections Commission:
If you have a mail-in absentee ballot:
- For your ballot to count, it must be received by the voter registration office no later than 7:00 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, June 9. That means it is now too late for it to arrive by mail. You should instead deliver it to your county voter registration office.
- You CANNOT return your absentee ballot to your polling place.
- You CANNOT vote at your polling place without returning your uncompleted absentee ballot to your voter registration office and receiving a letter authorizing you to vote at the polls.
Voting absentee, in-person today:
- In-person absentee voting ends at 5:00 p.m. TODAY, Monday, June 8. Click here for in-person absentee locations and hours.
Voting in-person tomorrow, Tuesday, June 9:
- COVID-19-related public health protocols will be in place, including social distancing, sneeze guards at check-in stations, available hand sanitizer, and masks, face shields, and gloves worn by poll managers.
- Voters are asked to, but not required to, wear face masks.
- Voters should display their ID rather than handing it to poll workers.
- Voters should bring their own pens to sign the poll list.
- Voters will be provided with a cotton swab to make their selections on the touchscreen voting machines.
- Your polling place may have changed because some polling locations have consolidated and relocated due to the pandemic. Check your polling place at SCVotes.org.
- Bring your photo ID or voter registration card if you do not have one.
- Be patient and understanding with poll workers, who are surely under stress as they facilitate democracy during a pandemic.
Now it’s time to make a plan to vote — if you haven’t already done so — and spread the word.
Thank you for your compassion!