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Voter registration deadline for general election is Saturday

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - The last day to register to vote for the November 4 General Election is Saturday, October 4. Below you will find information on how to register to vote in Horry, Florence and Georgetown counties.

Horry County

The Horry County Registration and Elections Office, located on 1515 4th Avenue in Conway, will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on October 4. In order to be eligible to vote in November, mailed registration applications must be post marked by October 4.

Voter registration information should be reviewed. Any changes prior to the General Election can be confirmed at www.scvotes.org. This website can be used to check voting locations or to pull up personal sample ballots. Horry County will feature 51 different ballot styles for the General Elections. Instructions are below:

1) Visit scvotes.org and click on "Get My Sample Ballot" in the MyscVOTES Section on the right side of the page.

2) Enter your county, name, and date of birth to access your voter registration record.

3) Click "View Sample Ballot."

4) Select a party (primaries only), then click the button to download your ballot.

5) Click "OK" to view a .pdf of your ballot.

The last day to vote absentee is November 3. Requirements and procedures for absentee ballots are listed below:

Persons qualified to vote by absentee ballot:

  • Persons who will be on vacation outside their county of residence on Election Day 
  • Members of the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine, and their spouses and dependents residing with them 
  • Persons who, for reasons of employment, will not be able to vote on Election Day 
  • Physically disabled persons 
  • Persons sixty-five (65) years of age or older 
  • Persons serving as a juror in state or federal court on Election Day 
  • Persons admitted to the hospital as emergency patients on day of election or within a four-day period before the election 
  • Persons with a death or funeral in the family within three days before the election 
  • Persons confined to a jail or pre-trial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial 
  • Persons attending to sick or physically disabled persons 
  • Certified poll watchers, poll managers, and county election officials working on Election Day

Procedures for voting by absentee ballot:

Qualified voters may vote absentee in person or by mail.

In Person - Visit your county voter registration office , complete an application, and cast your ballot. You may vote absentee in person up until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 3, 2014. (Horry County Registrations and Elections Office is located at 1515 4th Avenue in Conway.)

By Mail - Step 1: Contact your county voter registration office to request an absentee ballot application. You may make the request in person or by phone, mail, email, or fax. (Horry County Registration and Elections Office (843) 915-5440, fax (843) 915-6440)

Online Step 1: Voters can also request an absentee ballot application online at http://www.horrycounty.org/depts/gengov/registration.asp. Once your print and fill out the application, you can submit it by mail, fax (843) 915-6440, or email it to skipperl@horrycounty.org. Then skip to Step 4.

Step 2: You will be mailed an application.

Step 3: Return the completed application to your county voter registration office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 31, 2014. You may return the application in person or by mail, email, or fax.

Step 4: You will be mailed an absentee ballot.

Step 5: Vote the ballot following ballot instructions and return it to your county voter registration office by 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election. You may return the ballot in person or by mail.

Early voting is prohibited in the state of South Carolina. Polls will open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. and registered voters waiting in line at 7 p.m. will still be allowed to vote. Voters must show voter's registration card with a picture, driver's license, picture ID issued from the DMV, any military ID or passport. All forms of ID must be current. Voters with a physical handicap or age 65 or older who cannot enter the polling place may access curbside voting.

Visit www.horrycounty.org for unofficial results from the election. They will be posted immediately after the results are tallied. To access the latest information, hit the "Refresh" or "Reload" button. The Horry County Government & Justice Center multi-purpose rooms will open on November 4, for public viewing of the results as they come in.

Florence County

Below is a news release from The Florence County Voter Registration & Election Commission

Another general election is almost upon us. In order to vote in the Nov. 4 general election, you must register no later than Oct. 4. The Florence County office at 219 Third Loop Road will open October 4, 2014 from 8:30AM till Noon.

Where, and how, do you register? Where do you vote? Who are the candidates? What are the issues? What if you are not available to vote on Election Day?

These are a few of the questions a citizen who is eligible to vote (and who desires to vote) should know before Nov. 4. Knowing the answers should make voting a pleasant and efficient process.

The website www.scvotes.org can answer many of the aforementioned questions. It is an excellent resource. This website will allow you to:

  • Register to vote or update your existing registration.
  • Check your current registration.
  • Identify your voting location.
  • See your sample ballot.
  • Identify the candidates.
  • Learn about the statewide constitutional questions that will be on the ballot.
  • Request an absentee application.

If you do not have computer access, call 843-665-3094 for assistance.

Very important: If you have changed your address since you last voted, update your voter registration address before heading to the polls. Don't wait until the last minute to do so.

In-person absentee voting will begin Oct. 6 and will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday at the county's Voter Registration and Elections Office, 219 Third Loop Road, Florence S.C.

See you at the polls!

Georgetown County

Below is a news release from Georgetown County:

Georgetown County voter registration office announces special hours on Oct. 4, last day to register before Election Day

GEORGETOWN COUNTY — This Saturday, Oct. 4, is the last day to register to vote in time for the November general election. In order to help ensure anyone who wants to register has the opportunity to do so, the Georgetown County Office of Voter Registration and Elections will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 4 to accept registrations.

The office is located at 303 N. Hazard St. in Georgetown. Voter registration forms can be picked up and turned in there, or the forms can be downloaded online at www.scvotes.org. That website is also where voters can download sample ballots and find the answers to frequently asked questions.

Donna Mahn, the county's director of voter registration and elections, advises all voters to familiarize themselves with the ballot, candidates and Election Day protocol before heading to the polls. Doing so can make the process a much smoother one, she said. A list of polling locations in Georgetown County can be found on the office's website at www.gtcounty.org/elections.  Voters who are already registered can also use that site to request absentee ballots or check their registration information. Anyone who has changed their address since the last time they voted should update their registration information before heading to the polls. Waiting until the last minute could cause significant delays when signing in at the polls and, in some cases, could lead to voters reporting to the wrong polling location and being redirected.

For those who would like to cast absentee ballots, in-person absentee voting will begin Oct. 6. The Georgetown County Office of Voter Registration and Elections will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office will also be open on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for in-person absentee voting. Mahn said more than 400 requests for absentee ballots have already been received in Georgetown County.

Anyone with questions about registration, absentee voting or Election Day protocol should contact the Georgetown County Office of Elections and Voter registration, (843) 545-3339.

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