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Posted on: May 18, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Changes to election law will impact June primaries

Patriotic image with text announcing early voting opening May 31

A new state law signed this month by the governor will impact how and when South Carolinians can vote in the primary elections taking place on June 14.

The legislation established “early voting” in South Carolina. That means any registered voter can vote up to two weeks before an election. Previously, the only way to vote early in the Palmetto State was to vote “absentee” — either in person or by mail — but there are restrictions on who is allowed to vote absentee. 

With the introduction of early voting, in-person absentee voting will no longer be allowed. Those who vote absentee will only be able to vote by mail.

For the June primary elections, early voting will begin May 31 and close June 10. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Georgetown County Office of Elections and Voter Registration, located at 303 N. Hazard St. There will be no weekend hours for early voting. If any additional locations are authorized for early voting, they will be announced by May 24.

For any necessary runoff elections for the June Primary, early voting will be available June 22 through June 24.

Voters who want to vote absentee by mail should request a ballot at scvotes.gov or by calling the Georgetown County Office of Elections and Voter Registration at (843) 545-3339. For more information on who is allowed to vote absentee, visit gtcounty.org/vote. The deadline to request a ballot is June 3. Ballots must be completed, signed and returned to the County Office of Elections and Voter Registration by 7 p.m. on June 14. Additionally, the return envelope must be witnessed.

Polling places will be open on June 14 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. View sample ballots and learn more at gtcounty.org/vote.

 

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