As you likely know, upcoming mid-term elections are on Tuesday, November 8th from 7am-7pm. With so many of our rights at stake in this year's election, voting is more critical than ever. From School Board seats to US Senate races, the folks elected will have a direct impact on our daily lives and our children's futures.
We've done our best to roundup some important voting information in the hopes that this helps you create your voting plan! **The following information is for Charleston County residents only.**
Check Your Polling Location: Click here to check your polling location if you're planning to vote in-person on November 8th. Several polling locations have changed since the last election, so make sure you know where to go: https://www.scvotes.gov/
Early Voting in Person. Early voting is available October 24 to November 5, 8:30AM to 6:00PM (all days except Sunday). Early voting is just like regular election day voting (you show up with your ID and vote on the same machine you would on Election Day), but it is usually quicker, and the location may be different than your regular polling location. Find the polling location closest to you here: https://www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/bevr/early-voting.php
View a Sample Ballot: In Charleston, this election not only includes major races like Governor and House, but candidates for School Board, Probate Judge, and more. Download your sample ballot ahead of time so you know where candidates stand and which way you plan to vote -- this saves you time at the polling place and helps cut down on lines and wait times for other voters! Click here to find your sample ballot.
Learn About the Roles on Your Ballot: What does the SC Secretary of State or your local School Board even do? Take a look at this helpful, nonpartisan Local Voter Guide by Be The Ones, which explains the impact these state and local-level officials (many of which are on this year's ballots) have on your rights.
Not in Charleston County or want more info on absentee voting by mail, polling location hours, and more? Check out this super helpful 2020 South Carolina Voter guide by League of Women Voters.
Access & Share Voting Resources: Go to https://www.vote411.org/ to learn more about candidates and races on your ballot. This is a great resource with voting information for every single state, so feel free to share with friends and family who are not Charleston voters!