MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Election Day is Tuesday, November 8; polls in South Carolina will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Polls in North Carolina are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Below is all the information you'll need to cast your vote on Tuesday.
Check your voter registration
To make sure you are able to vote this year, you can check to ensure you are registered to vote, and where you are registered here:
In North Carolina: https://vt.ncsbe.gov/voter_search_public/
Find the location of your polling place here:
In North Carolina: https://vt.ncsbe.gov/pollingplace_search/
What you need to vote
In South Carolina, you will need a photo ID to vote. Voters will be required to show one of the following to vote in person:
-South Carolina Driver's License
-South Carolina DMV ID Card
-SC Voter Registration Card with photo
-Federal Military ID
-United State Passport
If you do not have one of these IDs, you can get a free photo ID from the DMV or your county voter registration office. If you forget to bring your ID, you can vote on a provisional ballot that will county only if you show your photo ID to the election commission prior to certification of the election, which typically occurs the Thursday or Friday after the election.
If you cannot obtain a photo ID, you can bring a non-photo voter registration card to the polling place and vote on a provisional ballot after signing an affidavit stating you have a reasonable impediment to obtaining a photo ID. According to the SC Election Commission, valid reasons include: "a disability or illness, a conflict with your work schedule, a lack of transportation, a lack of a birth certificate, family responsibilities, a religious objection to being photographed, any other obstacle you find reasonable."
In North Carolina, the requirement to show a photo ID for voting and other associated laws were struck down by a federal court. A photo ID will not be required for the general election on November 8.
View a sample ballot
You can view a sample ballot specific to your polling location here:
In North Carolina: http://www.ncvoter.org/voting-in-nc/your-ballot/
When you can vote
Absentee and Early voting:
In South Carolina, qualified voters can cast an absentee ballot by mail or in person. You may cast an absentee ballot up until Monday, November 7 at 5 p.m. For more information on absentee voting, and to see who is qualified to vote absentee, visit: https://www.scvotes.org/absentee-voting
In North Carolina, early voting is now open, and any voter can utilize an early voting site in their county. To find an early voting center near you, visit this page: http://www.ncvoter.org/voting-in-nc/early-voting/
To cast an absentee ballot by mail in North Carolina, click here for information: http://www.ncvoter.org/voting-in-nc/absentee-ballot/
Election Day voting:
In South Carolina, polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. In North Carolina, polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The North Carolina Election Commission has also set up a hotline allowing people to organize rides to the polls. Call 888-482-7353 to request a ride, or to volunteer to provide a ride. Click here for the online form: http://www.ncvoter.org/rides
How to Vote
The South Carolina Election Commission has a brochure explaining how to use the state's electronic touch screen voting system. A pollworker will activate your ballot by inserting a Personal Electronic Ballot device into the appropriate slot. You will then select your candidates by touching the box next to the candidates' names. You must touch "NEXT" to proceed through the ballot. You will then touch "REVIEW" to review your ballot selections. To record your vote, you must either press the flashing red Vote button at the top of the screen, or the flashing green Check box on the screen. You will then press CONFIRM to officially record your vote.
The North Carolina Board of Elections has a video explaining how to vote using their similar touchscreen systems:
In North Carolina, the State Election Board has set up an online form to report voting irregularities and other incidents at the voting booth.
You can also call the NC Election Board at: (919) 733-7173 or (866) 522-4723
South Carolina's Election Commission website does not have information on reporting irregularities at the polls, but they can be contacted at (803) 734-9060. You can also call your county election board – find contact information for each county here.