Election Day is drawing near and we know that everyone on Seabrook Island is interested in voting. To see a sample ballot, click here.
Many Seabrookers have already cast ballots either using mail-in absentee voting or visiting one of the satellite sites to participate in walk-in absentee voting on voting machines. In talking with those who have already voted, the good news is that both of these methods are working efficiently. We have learned that mail-in ballots are arriving at election headquarters in a timely way, and the satellite sites are well organized, provide social distancing, and have reasonable wait times. We have also learned that several people who changed their mind about using a mail-in ballot have been able to turn in their unused mail-in ballot at the satellite site and vote on a voting machine. We can’t guarantee what your experience will be, but it’s encouraging that the systems appear to be working!
Below is a letter from George Reinhart, Seabrook Island Precinct Clerk:
As of October 23, 2020, there are four ways that you can vote in the November election:
- The traditional way. Go to the Lake House 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.
- Mail-in absentee voting. It is too late to request an absentee ballot through the mail. If you have already received your absentee ballot the deadline for returning it is 7:00 pm, Tuesday, November 3. Once you receive your absentee ballot complete it, sign it, get it witnessed, and return it ASAP. There are two ways to return the absentee ballot to Election Headquarters. First, you can return it by mail. Second, you can return it at one of the four satellite absentee voting locations: North Charleston Coliseum; at the Seacoast Church, 2049 Savannah Highway in West Ashley; the Seacoast Church at 7509 Long Point Road in Mt. Pleasant; and the Charleston Public Library on Calhoun Street. These satellite absentee voting centers have a drive-in lane for depositing absentee ballots received through the mail. You can check the status of your absentee ballot at scvotes.gov. For the satellite site locations and the days and times they are open, click here.
- Walk-in absentee voting. All qualified voters can vote an absentee ballot at four locations in the county. Walk-in absentee voting uses the same voting machines that are used at the Lake House. There are four satellite locations for walk-in absentee voting: the North Charleston Coliseum; the Seacoast Church, 2049 Savannah Highway; the Seacoast Church 750 Long Point Road; and the Charleston County Public Library. All satellite locations are open weekdays from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm and on Saturday 24 and 31 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. For the satellite site locations and the days and times they are open, click here. Please note that at the walk-in absentee voting locations you will be subject to waiting in line, wearing a mask, and social distancing.
- 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.
-Submitted by George Reinhart, Precinct Clerk