Residents in Burnettown, Wagener, Monetta and Perry all have reasons to hit the polls today.
Precincts Polling Place (location)
Bath 7 LBC Middle School, 29 Lions Trail
Langley 18 Langley Community Center, 2724 Augusta Road
Lynwood 19 Burnettown Municipal Building, 3144 Augusta Road
Midland Valley 51 Midland Valley Community Church of Nazarene, 3526 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
Midland Valley 71 Midland Valley Community Church of Nazarene, 3526 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
Monetta 21 Monetta Community Center - 266 Academy St.
Wagener 39 Wagener Town Hall - 147 Center St.
Perry 31 Perry Town Hall - 1075 East Railroad Ave.
Each town has expiring City Council seats. About 3,000 registered voters make up those four towns combined, according to the Aiken County Registration and Election office.
Mike Miller (incumbent)
C.H. Williams (incumbent)
James E. McIntosh
Burnettown Town Council (two at-large seats)
Jonathan R. Dicks
Janet Cox West
Monetta Town Council (two at-large seats)
Douglas E. Music
Nathan J. Shuler (incumbent)
Perry Town Council (one at-large seat)
Burnettown has a mayoral seat and two council seats open. Wagener has a mayoral race. Monetta and Perry each have town council seats to fill.
The Aiken County Registration and Election office wants to remind residents of the new laws for identification at the polls that went into effect in January. Voters are asked to show one of the following forms of photo identification at their polling places: a S.C. driver's license, ID card issued by state Department of Motor Vehicles, S.C. voter registration card with photo, a federal military ID or a U.S. passport.
Anyone without a photo ID on Election Day due to a “reasonable impediment” of obtaining one may vote a provisional ballot after showing a non-photo voter registration card.
The state Election Commission considers a religious objection to being photographed, lack of birth certificate, disability or illness, work schedule or lack of transportation as reasonable impediments.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today.
Amy Banton is the County reporter for the Aiken Standard and has been with the publication since May 2010. She is a graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman's College and a native of Rustburg, Va.