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Democratic presidential preference primary registration deadline is Jan. 30

BY SHELBIE GOULDING shelbie@theitem.com
Posted 1/17/20

The deadline to register to vote in the Democratic presidential preference primary is Thursday, Jan. 30.

A presidential preference primary is an election where voters choose the candidate they want to be their party's nominee for a presidential …

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Democratic presidential preference primary registration deadline is Jan. 30

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The deadline to register to vote in the Democratic presidential preference primary is Thursday, Jan. 30.

A presidential preference primary is an election where voters choose the candidate they want to be their party's nominee for a presidential election, which this year will be on Nov. 3. South Carolina will send 54 of its 63 delegates to the Democratic National Convention in July, who will be pledged to candidates based on the result of the Feb. 29 preference primary.

For South Carolina, there will be a Democratic primary, but there will not be a Republican primary, according to Patricia Jefferson, director of Sumter County Voter Registration and Elections.

South Carolina's is the first primary to take place in the South and with a significant voting population being black.

The Republican party not conducting a presidential preference primary in South Carolina is not unusual, according to Chris Whitmore, public information director of the South Carolina State Elections Commission. A presidential preference primary is not required as it's the party's choice to hold one, and there doesn't seem to be a substantial challenge within the party to incumbent President Donald Trump.

There are no party regulations in the state's primary elections, so anyone can register to vote for the primary, Whitmore said.

"The South Carolina Democratic Party uses results of the presidential preference primaries to allocate their delegates to their national convention," Whitmore said.

The deadline to return absentee votes by mail application for the Democratic presidential preference primary is Feb. 25.

The primary election will be on Feb. 29. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at various locations across the county.

For more information or poll locations, visit the Sumter County Voter Registration and Elections Department at www.sumtercountysc.org.