The primary election for the Aiken County Council District 6 seat is today with three candidates vying for the vacant seat.
Republicans Lynette Barton, John McMichael and Phil Napier each seek the spot.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Only Aiken County residents living in District 6 are eligible to vote in the election.
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.
Charles Barton resigned from Council with approximately two years left to his term. He was elected Aiken County auditor in November and was appointed to fill the unexpired term of retired auditor Cyrus Spradley.
In the event no candidate receives 50 percent of the vote plus one, a run-off election will be held Feb. 19.
Per a new law that went into effect Jan. 1, voters will be required to show a photo ID at their polling place today.
Voters have five options in photo IDs: a S.C. driver’s license, an ID card issued by the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles, a voter registration card with a photo, federal military ID or a U.S. passport. The ID must be current and valid.
If a person already has one of the qualifying photo IDs, they are ready to vote.
Previously, voters had to show only one of three forms of ID: a S.C. driver’s license, a S.C. ID card issued by the state DMV or a S.C. voter registration card.
If a person does not have a photo ID on election day because of a “reasonable impediment,” they may vote a provisional ballot after showing a non-photo voter registration card and signing an affidavit attesting to the voter’s identity and impediment.
Examples of reasonable impediments include religious objection to being photographed, lack of transportation, disability or illness, lack of birth certificate, work schedule and family responsibilities.
If a person doesn’t have a reasonable impediment and doesn’t have a qualifying ID, they can still vote a provisional ballot at the polls; however, for the vote to count, that person must provide one of the qualifying IDs to the county election commission before the certification of the election, which is usually the Thursday or Friday after the election.