Election Day is just around the corner, and there are a few things voters need to know before hitting the polls.
This year, voter turnout is expected to be huge with it being a presidential election.
Aiken County Board of Elections Executive Director Cynthia Holland said she expects more Aiken County residents to vote this year than during the last presidential election in 2008 when more than 70,000 cast their ballot. She said she projects 75,000 to 80,000 of the more than 101,000 registered voters in Aiken County to come out Tuesday.
With a larger turnout, people may have to wait in line for a few minutes before they can vote. There are a few steps that can be taken to make the process move a little faster and a lot smoother.
Holland said first, make sure to do the research before hitting the polls. Sample ballots can be found online at www.aikencountysc.gov. A link on the home page will go directly to the sample ballots.
Holland said it's beneficial to know the candidates and their issues as well as be familiar with the wording of the change of government referendum before heading out to vote.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters need to make sure they have their driver's license, a DMV-issued card or their voter registration card. Poll workers will be there to assist people if they have any questions on how to work the electronic voting machines.
Anyone who is unsure of where to go to vote can visit www.scvotes.org, type in their address and find their precinct.
Lastly, no campaign material, such as hats, buttons or shirts promoting a candidate, is allowed within 200 feet of a polling area, Holland added. This is done so that no one feels intimidated to vote a certain way.
Holland said she hopes everyone who is registered to vote does so because every ballot cast matters.
“I know for a fact that every vote counts,” Holland said, adding, “I think people should vote in all elections. Local elections are just as important.”
Absentee voting in person ends Monday. Absentee ballots can be submitted at the Kalmia Plaza at 1680 Richland Ave. W. or the Aiken County Registration & Elections Office at 916 Vaucluse Road from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A look at the candidates by each race
Here is a list of candidates by race in Aiken County:
U.S. House, Second District
• Joe Wilson (R)
S.C. House, District 81
• Don Wells (R) • Jane Vaughters (Petition)
S.C. House, District 82
• William Clyburn (D)
S.C. House, District 83
• Bill Hixon (R)
S.C. House, District 84
• Roland Smith (R)
S.C. House, District 86
• Bill Taylor (R) • David Lobb (Write-in)
S.C. Senate, District 24
• Tom Young (R)
S.C. Senate, District 25
• Shane Massey (R)
S.C. Senate, District 26
• DeDee Vaughters (R) • Nikki Setzler (D)
Aiken County Sheriff
• Michael Hunt (R) • Jim vause (Write-in)
Aiken County Probate Judge
• Sue Roe (D) • Jane Page Thompson (R)
Aiken County Auditor
• Charles Barton (R) • Daniel Turno (Write-in)
Aiken County Registrar
• Judith Warner (R)
Aiken County Coroner
• Tim Carlton (R)
Aiken County Clerk of Court
• Liz Godard (D)
Aiken County Solicitor
• J. Strom Thurmond Jr.
Aiken County Council
• Chair: Ronnie Young (R) • District 3 LaWana McKenzie (D) • District 4 Chuck Smith (R) • District 7 Andrew Siders (Petition) • District 8 Willar Hightower Jr. (D)
Aiken County School Board, District 8
• Wes Funderberg • Tad Barber • Bruce Wheelon
Aiken County School Board, District 1
• Ronald West
Aiken County School Board, District 4
• Keith Liner
Aiken County School Board, District 9
• Richard Hazen
Aiken County Treasurer
• John Cagle (Write-in) • Debra Folk (Write-in) • Jason Goings (Write-in) • Angela Gunter (Write-in) • Faye Hatcher (Write-in) • Melissa Oremus (Write-in) • Francis Pennington (Write-in) • Robin Saylor (Write-in) • Ed Smith (Write-in) • Sonya Spray (Write-in) • Michael Wheelis (Write-in)