Officials prep polls for Tuesday runoff election

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Officials in the Midlands and across South Carolina are busily preparing to reopen many voting polls for Tuesday's local and state runoff elections.

One of the most closely-watched races will be the Republican gubernatorial runoff between U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett and state Rep. Nikki Haley. The winner will face Democratic state Sen. Vincent Sheheen in a battle to become governor this November.

Haley won 49 percent of the vote in the June 8 primary, nearly winning outright over Barrett's 29 percent showing. Barrett says he isn't dropping out of the race, and was endorsed by his ousted opponent in the race, Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer. Attorney General Henry McMaster, who also missed the runoff, endorsed Haley.

WIS News 10 is hosting a debate between Haley and Barrett Thursday night from 8:00pm to 9:00pm. You'll be able to watch it live on WIS-TV or streaming online at WIStv.com. [Submit your questions to the candidates]

The South Carolina Election Commission is reminding voters that polls will be open from 7:00am to 7:00pm on June 22. Registered voters will be required to show either a voter registration card, a driver's license or a picture ID to cast their vote.

Election officials say you must vote in the runoff for the party in whose primary you voted on June 8. [Click here for more frequently asked questions about the runoff (PDF)]

All absentee ballots must be turned in by 5:00pm, Monday, June 21. Any registered voter is eligible to vote an absentee ballot in the following circumstances:

  • Students, their spouses and dependents residing with them
  • Members of the Armed Forces, Merchant Marines, Red Cross, USO, government employees, their souses and dependents residing with them
  • For reasons of employment will not be able to vote on election day
  • Physically disabled persons
  • Persons on vacation
  • Persons age 65 or older
  • Persons admitted to the hospital as emergency patients on day of election or at least four days prior to election
  • Electors with a death or funeral in the family within three days before the election
  • Persons confined to a jail or pre-trial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial
  • Persons attending sick of physically disabled persons
  • Certified poll watchers and workers

Contact your county voter registration office to request an absentee ballot.

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