Voter registration deadline coming up

  • Posted: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 1:01 p.m.

The deadline to register to vote in the November general election is Oct. 6.

Applications are available online at www.scvotes.org or in person at the Aiken County Registration and Elections office, 916 Vaucluse Road. Completed forms may be mailed, faxed, emailed or submitted in person.

The general election is Nov. 6.

Those who are eligible to register are people who turn 18 on or before the election and those who have never before registered to vote. Those who have registered previously do not need to re-register.

Once a person has registered to vote in Aiken County, they are always registered. However, if a person has moved to a different residence within Aiken County since they last voted, they’ll need to submit a change of address to update their voter information, according to Cynthia Holland, executive director of Registration and Elections.

Change of address forms are available at the Registration and Elections office and also at www.scvotes.org.

There is no length of residency requirement in South Carolina in order to register to vote.

People who submit a completed registration form must attach a copy of their valid current photo ID or a copy of a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other government form that shows that person’s name and address.

Voters who are 65 or older, voters with disabilities and those in uniformed services are exempt from that requirement.

In addition to the U.S. presidential race, there are several contested seats the Aiken County electorate will cast ballots for in November, including S.C. Senate District 26, S.C. House Districts 81 and 86, Probate Judge, County School Board, Aiken County Sheriff, Auditor and Treasurer.

Uncontested seats include U.S. House District 2; S.C. Senate District 24; S.C. House Districts 82, 83, and 84; Aiken County Solicitor; Clerk of Court; Coroner; County Council Chair and Council Districts 3, 4, 7 and 8; Registrar of Mesne Conveyance; School Board Districts 1, 4 and 9 and several municipal seats.

For more information, call the Registration and Elections office at 642-2028. Its mailing address is 916 Vaucluse Road, Aiken, SC 29801. Its fax number is 642-2029. Completed voter registration forms can be emailed to cholland@aikencountysc.gov.

BreakoutIn addition to the U.S. Presidential race, there are several contested seats voters will cast ballots for in November.

S.C. Senate District 26Nikki Setzler (D)*

Deedee Vaughters (R)S.C. House District 81

Don Wells (R)Jane Vaughters (R) (petition)

S.C. House District 86Bill Taylor (R)*

David Lobb (I) (write-in)Aiken County Probate Judge

Sue Roe (D)*Jane Page Thompson (R)

Aiken County School Board District 8

Wes FunderbergTad BarberBruce N. Wheelon

Aiken County SheriffMichael Hunt*

Jim Vause (write-in)Aiken County Auditor

Charles Barton (R)Jason Goings (write-in)

Aiken County TreasurerDebra Folk (write-in)

Sonya Spray (write-in)Angela Gunter (write-in)

Robin Saylor (write-in)Melissa Oremus (write-in)

Ed Smith (write-in)John Cagle (write-in)

* indicates incumbent

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