Primary elections for South Carolina voters to choose which party representatives will be on the ballot in November for state, local and national seats are approaching, and the deadline to register to vote is looming even sooner.
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The deadline to register to vote for the June 12 statewide primaries is on Friday by 5 p.m. to register in person, on Sunday by 11:59 p.m. to register online or by fax or email and on Monday to register by mail, according to the South Carolina Election Commission.
South Carolina residents wanting to register must have their driver's license or DMV ID, must be a U.S. citizen and at least 18 years old on or before the election, cannot be under a court order declaring you mentally incompetent, must not be confined in a public prison from a conviction of a crime and must have never been convicted of a felony or offense against the elections laws (or must have served the entire sentence including probation or parole or have been pardoned if previously convicted.)
Voters do not have to specify a party when registering. During the upcoming primary election, each voter can choose which party's ballot to participate in. Each voter can only vote in one party's primary for each election.
Sumter County Democrats will see primaries for governor (Marguerite Willis, James Smith and Phil Noble), South Carolina Congressional 5th District in the U.S. House (Archie Parnell, Steve Lough, Mark Ali and Sidney Moore), District 64 in the state House (Robert Ridgeway, incumbent, and Mitch Ellerby) and District 6 on Sumter County Council (Jim McCain, incumbent, and Charlie Jones).
Sumter County Republicans will be able to choose their representative for governor (Henry McMaster, incumbent, Catherine Templeton, Kevin Bryant, John Warren and John Yancey McGill), secretary of state (Mark Hammond, incumbent, Joshua Putnam, Nelson Faerber and Kerry Wood), attorney general (Alan Wilson, incumbent, Todd Atwater and William Herlong) and District 2 on Sumter County Council (Artie Baker, incumbent, Bubba Rabon and Hazel Evenich).
Of the races on the primary ballot, the governor, secretary of state, attorney general and U.S. Rep. District 5 selections will face opposition from another party in November. Whoever is chosen in the primary for state Rep. District 64, Sumter County Council District 2 and Sumter County Council District 6 will not face another name on the general election ballot.
In Lee County, voters will see the same statewide races, and Democrats will also be able to choose their representative for Lee County School Board Districts 5 (Regitt James and Donna W. Scott) and 6 (Nathaniel Brunson, incumbent, and Frank Brent Millican Jr.)
To register in person, go to the Sumter County Board of Voter Registration and Elections at 141 N. Main St., Room 111. To register online and to find your voting precinct and district, visit www.scvotes.org. To register by mail, fax or email, go to that website to download a voter registration form and send it in.
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