The deadline to register to vote in the Aiken County Council District 6 primary election is Saturday.
Applications are available online at www.scvotes.org or in person at the Aiken County Registration and Elections office on 916 Vaucluse Road. Completed forms may be mailed, faxed or submitted in person. Registration may also be completed online at www.scvotes.org.
The primary election is Feb. 5, and only those living in District 6 may register and vote in the election.
Each of the three candidates for the District 6 seat are running as Republicans.
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.
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.
The person who submits a completed registration form must attach a copy of his or her valid current photo ID or a copy of a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other government form that shows the person's name and address. Voters who are 65 or older, voters with disabilities and those in uniformed services are exempt from that requirement.
The three running for the County Council District 6 seat are Lynette Barton, John McMichael and Phil Napier.
McMichael is a business development officer with Hutson Etherredge Companies, Barton is the operator of Barton Radiator and Electrical Service and Napier owns Napier Hardware in Graniteville.
Barton is the wife of Charles Barton, the former District 6 representative. Napier is a former Council member, having served from 1999 to 2002.
The deadline to register to vote in the Aiken City Council special election is Feb. 12. The deadline to register to vote in the primary has passed. A primary, if necessary, will be on Jan. 22.
Only those living in the City of Aiken are eligible to register and vote in the election.
Two people are running for the one at-large seat vacated by former Councilman Don Wells: Democratic candidate Randy Ra Shad Gaines and Republican candidate Philip Merry.