Voters hit the polls today

  • Posted: Monday, November 5, 2012 11:37 p.m.
    UPDATED: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 3:34 p.m.
Staff photo by Haley Hughes
Norriyah Bradley, 6, turns around to watch the line out the door of people waiting to vote absentee Monday. The line stretched out the door of the Aiken County Registration and Elections office.
Staff photo by Haley Hughes Norriyah Bradley, 6, turns around to watch the line out the door of people waiting to vote absentee Monday. The line stretched out the door of the Aiken County Registration and Elections office.

Polls are open today across Aiken County for voting in the general election.

Each precinct from the city of Aiken, to Jackson, to North Augusta, to Wagener, and every point in between, is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The deadline to vote absentee was Monday, and there was a line of people stretching out the door of the Registration and Elections office even at 5 p.m. when absentee voting officially ended.

Registration and Elections officials expect more residents to vote this year than in 2008 during the last general election when President Barack Obama was elected. At that time, more than 70,000 people cast their ballot. This time, between 75,000 to 80,000 people are projected to vote today.

There are approximately 101,000 registered voters in Aiken County.

Aiken County voters will not only vote for the U.S. President and Vice President but elect their representatives in Congress, South Carolina Senate and House, sheriff, probate judge, county treasurer, auditor and help determine whether two referendums impacting state government and local government get the go-ahead.

In order to vote today, a person must have either their driver's license, a DMV-issued card or their voter registration card on hand.

Anyone who is unsure of where to go to vote can visit www.scvotes.org. On the main page, select “Voters,” and click “Check Your Voter Registration.” A database search form will ask for the county the voter lives in, a first and last name and date of birth. After entering the information and selecting, “Submit,” the voter's precinct will be available to view.

Sample ballots can be found online at www.aikencountysc.gov.

Poll workers will be available at every precinct to assist people if they have any questions on how to work the electronic voting machines.

Because the turnout is expected to be large, voting officials advise that there may be waiting lines at some precincts.

No campaign material, such as hats, buttons or shirts promoting a candidate, are allowed within 200 feet of a polling area.

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