2018 SC Voters election guide: Ballot questions, polling places, and more on the Nov. 6 general elections

SC election officials are working to make sure your vote is safe

(WIS) - There will be general elections held in South Carolina on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

If you’re like most people, you’re asking yourself this: who’s running? Where do I vote? What will be on the ballots? Here’s a running list of everything you need to know before heading to the polls:

When is election day?

Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. statewide.

What are we voting for?

If you want to know who is running, when they filed and more, check out the South Carolina Election Commission website to sort out the candidates by election.

What do I need to take with me to the polls?

When voting, you need to take a photo ID at your polling place. These are acceptable photo IDs to present to your polling attendant:

  • SC Driver's License
  • SC Department of Motor Vehicles ID Card
  • SC Voter Registration Card with Photo
  • Federal Military ID
  • US Passport

Ballot questions

A big question on the Nov. 6 ballot is a 2018 Constitutional Amendment Question. It says:

The following Constitutional Amendment Question will appear on ballots in the November 6, 2018 General Election:
SCVotes.org

Would you like to see a sample ballot to see who’s running? You can visit the South Carolina Election Commission website here and find your ballot. For example, this is what a sample ballot could look like for a voter in Lexington County:

Names listed twice on the ballot:

In many races, you may see a candidate listed twice and associated with different parties. For example, you’ll notice the State Treasurer race and the Attorney General race both have candidates who are listed twice.

“Each of those parties has ballot access and the right to nominate candidates which is why someone can appear on the ballot more than once,” Chris Whitmire, Director of Public Information & Training with the State Election Commission said.

This does not divide that person’s votes. That person will receive all of the votes associated with his or her name.

Polling places

If you're planning to vote in the primary, you can check SCVotes.org for your polling location. It's the "Find Your Precinct" option in the upper right.

If you do not have your voter registration card and do not know your precinct name, you can use the "Check Your Voter Registration" feature found in the menu under "Voters."

Remember: polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

Anyone who may run into some trouble at the polls can call the Election Protection Hotline at 1-888-OUR-VOTE. The free, nonpartisan hotline will be returning calls leading up to primary day on June 12 and will be live on a primary day between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. By calling the 1-866-OUR-VOTE hotline (or 888-VE-Y-Vota), you can confirm your registration status, find your polling location, and get answers to questions about proper identification at the polls.

Need transportation assistance?

Lyft and Uber are offering to help you on Election Day. Some restrictions may apply and services may not be available in every state.

  • Lyft: Access a 50% off promo code here.
  • Uber: Get $10 off in-app on Election Day.

Also in the Midlands, the COMET will also provide FREE regular transit service on Election Day.

“This effort is to assist in mobility on Election Day by eliminating fares as an economic barrier to exercising the right to vote. A travel trainer is available by appointment to assist individuals or groups with riding The COMET," the service said. "Contact 803-834-2382 to set up an appointment. The COMET encourages all riders to take advantage of this free service and ride to their polls.”

Help at the polls

The national election protection hotline is now taking calls from voters with questions or problems at the polls. South Carolina voters are urged to keep the number handy as they head out to vote.

By calling the 1-866-OUR-VOTE hotline, voters get answers not only to simple questions like their registration status, polling location, and proper identification at the polls, but answers to why they have been turned away and what to do about it.

You can also text your question to 97779.

The Hotline reports will be summarized and shared with state and county election officials to make our next election more accessible for citizens and easier for poll workers.

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