Voting in Lee County

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New for 2013 — Photo ID Requirements
http://www.scvotes.org/2012/09/24/photo_id_requirements_new_for_2013

Beginning January 1, 2013, you will be asked to show one of the following Photo IDs at your polling place:

  • S.C. Driver’s License
  • ID Card issued by S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles
  • S.C. Voter Registration Card with Photo
  • Federal Military ID
  • U.S. Passport

HOW TO GET A PHOTO ID:

If you do not currently have one of the Photo IDs above, you can make your voting experience as fast and easy as possible by getting one free of charge:

Registered voters cand get a voter registration card with a photo from the Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission during normal office hours by simply providing your date of birth and the last four digits of your Social Security Number. Click here to learn how to register to vote.

Get a DMV ID card at a local DMV office. Check with DMV or scdmvonline.com for required documents.

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE PHOTO ID ON ELECTION DAY:

If you have a reasonable impediment to obtaining Photo ID, you may vote a paper provisional ballot after showing your non-photo voter registration card. A reasonable impediment is any valid reason, beyond your control, which created an obstacle to obtaining Photo ID. Some examples include:

Religious objection to being photographed
Disability or illness
Work schedule
Lack of transportation
Lack of birth certificate
Family responsibilities
Election within short time frame of implementation of Photo ID law (January 1, 2013)
Any other obstacle you find reasonable
To vote under the reasonable impediment exception:

Present your current, non-photo registration card at the polling place
Sign an affidavit stating why you could not obtain a Photo ID
Cast a provisional ballot that will be counted unless the Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission has reason to believe your affidavit is false.
If you do NOT have Photo ID and do NOT have a reasonable impediment to obtaining one, or you simply forgot to bring it with you to the polls, you may still vote a paper provisional ballot. However, for your vote to be counted, you must provide one of the Photo IDs to the Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission prior to certification of the election (usually Thursday or Friday after the election).

Who Can Register?

In order to vote, South Carolina law requires that one must first register to vote in your county of residence at least 30 days prior to the election. To be eligible to register in South Carolina you MUST:

  • be a United States citizen
  • be at least eighteen years old on or before the next election
  • be a resident of South Carolina, this county, and precinct
  • not be under a court order declaring you mentally incompetent
  • not be confined in any public prison resulting from a conviction of a crime
  • have never been convicted of a felony or offense against the election laws; OR, if previously convicted, have served the entire sentence, including probation or parole, or have received a pardon for the conviction.

How can I register to vote (or update my voter registration information) in Lee County?

Click here to learn how to register to vote.

A citizen who wishes to register to vote may:

  • Register online!
    •  Requires S.C. Driver’s License or DMV ID
    • If you have moved, you must first update your address with DMV
  • Register in person at their county board of voter registration, or
  • Download a form, complete it, and mail it to their county board of voter registration, or
  • Download a form, complete it, and fax it to their county board of voter registration, or
  • Download a form, complete it, scan it, and email it as a file attachment to their county voter registration office.

You will need to download the application, type in your information, print the application, and then sign the application. If you are registering to vote for the first time in Lee County, you must also attach a copy of ONE of the following:

  • a current valid photo ID that has your correct name and picture
  • a current utility bill that shows your name and address in this county
    for the purposes of registering to vote, the following are considered utility bills: electricity/power, cable, satellite, natural gas, internet, and telephone bills.
  • a current bank statement that shows your name and address in this county
  • a current paycheck or paycheck stub that shows your name and address in this county
  • other government document that shows your name and address in this county

If you do not provide this identification at the time you register, you will be required to provide this information when you vote. Voters who are age 65 and over, voters with disabilities, members of the U.S. Uniformed Services or Merchant Marines and their families, and U.S. Citizens residing outside the U.S. are exempt from this requirement.

Once you have completed your application, you may do one of the following to deliver it to us:

Scan the completed application and save it as either a .jpg or .pdf document. Then you can send it to us as an attachment by email to jcaughman@leecountysc.org. Attachments cannot exceed 4mb in size.

Fax the completed application to 803-484-4392.
Mail the completed application to:
Lee County
Board of Elections & Registration
P.O. Box 309 Bishopville, S.C. 29010
Voter Registration Deadlines

Registration is closed for thirty days prior to any election. The last day to register to vote in any election is the 30 days prior to the election. Voters who have moved from one county to another must be registered to vote in their new county by the deadline. Current registered voters who may have moved within Lee County or changed their name should update their registration information by the deadline.

Election Date

Election Name

Last Day to Register to Vote
(Voter Registration Deadline)

June 12, 2012

Statewide Republican and
Democratic Primaries

Saturday – May 12, 2012
Our office will be open 9am to Noon

June 26, 2012

Republican and Democratic Primary Runoffs
(If Necessary)

November 6, 2012

General Election

Saturday – October 6, 2012
Our office will be open 9am to Noon

There is no length of residency requirement in South Carolina in order to register to vote. You must be registered at least 30 days prior to any election in order to vote in that election. You must be a resident of a city for at least 30 days to vote in its municipal election. Registration by mail applications must be postmarked at least 30 days prior to that particular election to be eligible to vote in the election.

17-Year Olds

Individuals who are not yet 18-years-old, but will turn 18 before the next election, and who otherwise qualify to vote, have the right to register to vote. To vote in the election, these citizens must register to vote by the voter registration deadline for the election.

College Students

College students may register to vote where they reside while attending college. Students can use the following documents as proof of residency:

  • A copy of a current, valid photo ID (driver’s license, student ID, DMV-issued ID cards, etc.)
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address in the county
  • Many college students who live on campus receive their mail at a campus post office box. These students must register at the physical address of their dormitory. The student’s P.O. Box can be provided for mailing and contact purposes.

If you are planning a voter registration drive at an institution of higher learning, please make sure you have the National Voter Registration Application for students who maintain their residency outside of South Carolina. For a list of addresses of Election Commissions throughout the country please see the Election Assistance Commission web site.

Convictions

Any person who is convicted of a felony or an offense against the election laws is not qualified to register or to vote, unless the disqualification has been removed by service of the sentence, or unless sooner pardoned. Service of sentence includes completion of any prison/jail time, probation, parole, and payment of restitution.

Federal and state courts provide the SC State Election Commission (SEC) with lists of persons convicted of felonies or crimes against the election laws. Those persons are deleted from the state’s list of active, registered voters. The SEC notifies each voter whose name is deleted from the list. Voters have 20 days from the date the notice is mailed to appeal. Appeals must be made to the SEC.

Once a person who was convicted of a felony or offense against the election laws serves his sentence; he may register to vote. To register, the applicant must submit a new voter registration application to his county voter registration office. To participate in any particular election, the applicant must submit the application prior to the 30-day voter registration deadline for that election. In applying, the registrant is swearing under penalty of perjury that he is qualified to register, including having completed his entire sentence. County voter registration boards must be satisfied that the applicant meets the qualifications; and in some cases, could require a person who has lost his voting rights due to conviction to provide some proof that he has completed his sentence.

Check Your Voter Registration Information Online

Note: When checking your voter registration information, you must provide your name, county and date of birth as it appears on your voter registration card in order to view your information.

Check Your Voter Registration Information Here

Voting Precincts and Locations

Ashland/Stokes Bridge Ashland/ Una Rd Fire Station 3018 Una Rd 
Bishopville, SC 29010
Ashwood Ashwood Fire Station 15 Williamson Road 
Bishopville, SC 29010
Bishopville 1 Rural Fire Station #1 122 E Church 
Bishopville, SC 29010
Bishopville 2 Old Fire Department 113 E Council St 
Bishopville, SC 29010
Bishopville 3 Pilot Club Home 120 Barnett Dr 
Bishopville, SC 29010
Bishopville 4 Vocational School 310 Roland Ave 
Bishopville, SC 29010
Cedar Creek Cedar Creek Baptist ChurchFellowship Hall 3002 Camden Hwy 
Bishopville, SC 29010
Cypress Alcott Fire Station 2346 15 N 
Bishopville, SC 29010
Elliott St Paul United Methodist Church 16 Clarence McFadden Rd 
Lynchburg, SC 29080
Hickory Hill Jerusalem Baptist Church 1407 Jamestown Rd 
Bishopville, SC 29010
Ionia Red Hill Fire Station #5 763 McCaskill Rd 
Camden, SC 29020
Lynchburg Fleming Middle School 65 Montgomery Cir 
Lynchburg, SC 29080
Manville St Mark Church Education Building 510 Manville-Wisacky 
Bishopville, SC 29010
Mt. Clio New Zion AME Church 789 Coopers Mill Rd 
Bishopville, SC 29010
Rattlesnake Springs St Andrew Church Of God 4238 Red Hill Rd 
Camden, SC 29020
Schrocks Mill/Lucknow Concord Methodist Church 354 Old Camden Rd 
Bishopville, SC 29010
South Lynchburg Warren Chapel UM Church 24 Back Swamp Rd 
Lynchburg, SC 29080
Spring Hill Masonic Lodge 3980 Springhill Rd 
Rembert, SC 29128
St. Charles Lower Lee School 26 Lower Lee School Rd 
Mayesville, SC 29104
St. Matthews St. Matthews Ch Ed Bldg 2144 Stokes Br Rd W 
Bishopville, SC 29010
Turkey Creek Fire Station #6 2386 Hubb Kelley Rd 
Bishopville, SC 29010
Woodrow Mt Olive AME Church Ed Bldg 2738 Woodrow Rd 
Sumter, SC 29153

Absentee Voting

The Lee County Registration & Elections Commission is responsible for facilitating absentee voting for all Federal, State, County, and Municipal elections within Lee County, South Carolina. Absentee voting is not the “early voting” that you may have heard about on the news. To vote absentee, you must be a registered voter and meet one of the following criteria:

  • A Member of the Uniformed Services on Active Duty (UOCAVA)
  • A Merchant Marine (UOCAVA)
  • A Spouse or Dependent of a member of the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine (UOCAVA)
  • A U. S. Citizen Permanently Residing Outside the United States (UOCAVA)
  • A U. S. Citizen Temporarily Residing outside the United States (UOCAVA)
  • Disabled
  • Student, their spouse, or dependents residing with them who are out of their county of residence on Election Day
  • For reasons of employment will not be able to vote on Election Day
  • Government employees, their spouses and dependents residing with them, who are out of their county of residence on Election Day
  • Persons on vacation who will be outside their county of residence on Election Day
  • Persons who will be serving as jurors in a state or federal court on Election Day
  • Persons admitted to the hospital as emergency patients on day of election or at least four days prior to the election. The voter can have an immediate family member apply and carry a ballot to the voter.
  • Electors with a death or funeral in the family within 3 days before the election
  • Persons confined to a jail or pre-trial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial
  • Persons attending sick or physically disabled persons
  • Certified poll watchers and poll managers, county registration board members and staff, and county election commission members and staff working on Election Day
  • Over 65 years of age (Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act)

Voting Absentee In-person

The fastest and easiest way to vote absentee is to appear in-person at our office and cast your ballot on our voting machines. This is usually available starting about 3-weeks prior to an election

Step One: Request
The voter appears at our office and requests to vote absentee. The voter will be required to show either his/her voter registration card, SC driver’s license, or SC DMV issued ID card.

Step Two: Application
The voter will be issued an Application for an Absentee Ballot that will need to be completed and returned to office staff. On the application, the voter must disclose the reason he/she is voting absentee.

Step Three: Voting on Machine
A staff member will guide the voter to a voting machine and activate a ballot. The voter will be able to cast his/her ballot on the machine in the privacy of a voting booth.

Additional Information

All persons voting in person must cast their ballot on the iVotronic Voting Machines, unless their ballot is challenged. Paper ballots cannot be given to voters as long as the voting machines are operating normally.

The In-office Absentee Precinct closes at 5:00PM the Monday prior to the Tuesday election.

Voting Absentee By Mail

Persons unable to vote in-person may choose to vote absentee by mail instead. Because the ballot must be mailed to the voter, this process takes a minimum of four days for the ballot to be mailed to the voter, voted, and mailed back to our office. Below is the process for voting absentee by mail:

Step One: Request
The voter must submit a request to our office to let us know that he or she is interested in voting absentee in a specific election. The request can be made anytime during the calendar year in which the election will be held. The request should include:

  • Voter’s Name
  • Voter’s Registration Number
  • Voter’s Residence and Mailing Addresses
  • Voter’s Phone Number
  • Name and Date of the Election in which he/she wishes to vote absentee
  • Voter’s E-mail Address (Optional)
  • Reason (Qualification) For Requesting to Vote Absentee

The request can be made by any of the following methods:

  • Online: Click Here to be taken to a request page.
  • In-person: Voter makes request in-person at our office.
  • By Mail: A letter or note with the above information mailed to Lee County Elections and Voter Registration, PO Box 309, Bishopville SC 29010. The voter must sign this request.
  • By Fax: A letter or note with the above information faxed to Lee County Elections and Voter Registration at 803-484-4392. The voter must sign this request.
  • By E-mail: An email with the above information sent to John Caughman at jcaughman@leecountysc.org

A member of the voter’s immediate family or the voter’s authorized representative may request the absentee ballot application for the voter. An authorized representative is a registered voter who, with a voter’s permission, can request an absentee ballot application on behalf of a voter who qualifies because of illness or disability. Candidates and paid campaign workers may not serve as authorized representatives. If you are interested in serving as a voter’s authorized representative, please contact our office for more information.

Step Two: Office Issues Application For An Absentee Ballot
We will send the voter an Application for an Absentee Ballot after we have received and processed their request. The application can be sent to the voter by mail, email, or fax.

Step Three: Voter Returns Application For An Absentee Ballot
The voter must completely fill out the application and return it to our office. The deadline for receiving the completed application is 5:00 p.m. on the 4th day prior to the election (the 4th day is Friday for all Tuesday elections). You may return the application in person or by mail, email, or fax.

Step Four: Office Mails Absentee Ballot
Upon receipt of the completed Application for an Absentee Ballot from the voter, the application will be verified and processed. A ballot will then be sent to the voter via the United States Postal Service First Class Mail to the address the voter listed on his/her application as soon as ballots become available for the election. Ballots cannot be picked-up from our office, all ballots must be mailed.

Step Five: Office Mails Absentee Ballot
The voter must vote the ballot following ballot instructions and return it to our office by the time the polls close on the day of the election (7:00pm for all elections ). You may return the ballot in person or by mail. The voter cannot return the ballot to any other location (i.e. at their voting precinct).

Your completed absentee ballot must be placed in the “Ballots Herein” envelope provided with your absentee ballot. The “Ballots Herein” envelope will then be placed inside a “Return Envelope” which you must sign and have witnessed before returning.
To have your absentee ballot returned by a person other than yourself, it is necessary for the absentee voter to compete an “Authorization to Return Absentee Ballot Form”. The absentee voter completes Part I, and the person returning the ballot completes Part II of the form. Candidates and paid campaign workers may not return absentee ballots unless they are an immediate family member of the voter.

Check Your Status Online

If you have begun the absentee voting process, you can check your status online here: Click Here To Begin