Voting Options in SC

The Federal Election is drawing near and I know that everybody on Seabrook is interested in voting. As of September 8, 2020, there are four ways that you can vote in the November election:

  1. The traditional way. Go to the Lakehouse on November 3, show a photo identification card, get a ballot card, and vote. The Lakehouse has severe social distancing requirements, masks are required, and your temperature will be taken. There is no room for overflow voters inside the Lakehouse, so if it’s crowded expect to wait in the parking lot.
  2. Mail absentee voting. Go to scvotes.org and request an absentee ballot. Absentee ballots will be mailed to us on October 2, 2020.  Once you receive your absentee ballot complete it, sign it, get it witnessed, and return it to Election Headquarters before November 3, 2020. There are potentially three ways to return the absentee ballot to Election Headquarters. First, you can return it by mail. Second, you can bring it to Election Headquarters, 4367 Headquarters Drive, North Charleston, and put it into a ballot drop box beginning on October 5. Third, beginning on October 19, you can put it in an election drop box at the West Ashley Absentee Satellite Location at the Seacoast Church, 2049 Savannah Highway.
  3. Walk-in absentee voting. If you qualify to vote by absentee ballot, you can do so in person at four locations in the county. Walk-in absentee voting uses the same voting machines that are used at the Lakehouse. The one at Election Headquarters is open from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm weekdays. Beginning on October 19, there are three satellite locations for absentee voting: the Seacoast Church, 2049 Savannah Highway; the Seacoast Church 750 Long Point Road; and the Charleston County Public Library. All three satellite locations are open weekdays from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Please note that at the walk-in absentee voting locations you may be subject to waiting in line, wearing a mask, and social distancing.
  4. Provisional ballot. If you requested an absentee ballot but failed to complete it and return it to Election Headquarters, you can vote on a provisional ballot.  Election Headquarters assumes that if you receive an absentee ballot you will use it to vote and, consequently, cannot vote using the voting machines.  If you fail to complete and return your absentee ballot, you can vote a provisional ballot. When no absentee ballot shows up on Election Day, your provisional ballot will be tabulated. This will occur on Friday, November 6, 2020.

If you wish to vote by absentee ballot and have not already requested one, please do so ASAP. Go to www.scvotes.org to request an absentee ballot and to check to see if you have already done so for the Federal Election. When you receive your ballot, please complete it as soon as possible, sign it, have it witnessed (your spouse or a friend can serve as a witness), and return it to Election Headquarters ASAP.

These procedures may be subject to change. If there are any changes, I will post them as soon as possible.

-Submitted by George Reinhart, Precinct Clerk

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