When are the polls open?
Polls will be open from 7am to 7pm on Tuesday, June 22. Anyone in line at 7:00 p.m. will be allowed to vote.
Who can vote in the June 22nd runoff election in PIckens County?
- If you DID NOT vote in either Primary on June 8th – you may vote in the Republican Runoff.
- If you voted in the Republican Primary on June 8th – you may vote in the Republican Runoff.
- If you voted in the Democratic Primary on June 8th – you are not eligible to vote in the Republican Runoff.
Time is short to vote absentee in the runoff. Qualified voters may vote absentee in person or by mail:
In Person – Visit our office, complete an application, and cast your ballot. You may vote absentee in person up until 5:00 p.m., Monday, June 21st.
By Mail – Step 1: Contact our office to request an absentee ballot application. You may make the request in person or by phone, mail, email, fax, or online.
Step 2: You will be sent an application. We can fax or email this to you to save time.
Step 3: Return the completed application to your county voter registration office by 5:00 p.m., Friday, June 18th. You may return the application in person or by mail, email, or fax.
Step 4: You will be mailed an absentee ballot.
Step 5: Vote the ballot following ballot instructions and return it to your county voter registration office by 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 22nd. You may return the ballot in person or by mail.
Frequently Asked Questions About the June 22nd Republican Runoff
Q. I voted in the Democratic Primary. Am I eligible to vote in a runoff?
A. No. If you voted in the Democratic Party’s Primary on June 8th, you can vote only in the Runoff of the Democratic Party. In Pickens County, no runoff election will be held for the Democratic Party.
Q. I voted in the Republican Primary. Am I eligible to vote in a runoff?
A. Yes. There are Republican Runoffs for statewide offices, so every Republican Primary voter in the state will be eligible to vote in a runoff.
Q. I didn’t vote in the June 8th Primary. Can I vote in the Runoff?
A. Yes. If you were eligible but did not vote in the June 8th Primaries, you can vote in the Republican Party’s Runoff.
Q. What candidates and/or offices are in the Primary Runoffs?
A. A complete list of candidates on the ballot is available here.
Q. What do I need to take with me to the polls to vote?
A. You will be required to show any one of the following items to vote:
• Voter registration card*
• Driver’s license
• ID card issued by the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles
*If you registered by mail, are voting for the first time since that registration, and did not submit a form of identification along with your application; you will be required to show ID at the polls in addition to your voter registration card. Acceptable forms of this additional ID include: a valid photo ID such as a driver’s license or DMV-issued ID card, or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other government document that shows the voter’s name and address in the county.
Q. What hours will the polls be open?
A. Polling places are open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Anyone in line at 7:00 p.m. will be allowed to vote.
Q. Where do I vote?
A. At the polling place in your assigned precinct. Your precinct and polling place are listed on your voter registration card. However, it’s possible your polling place may have changed since the card was issued. To be sure of the location of your polling place: Click here to check your voter registration information. Your voting location will be displayed on your record.
Q. When/where will results be reported?
A. Unofficial results will be reported by the Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission in the County Council Chambers of the Pickens County Administration Building in real time as we receive them from each precinct. After all precincts have reported in, we will display the complete unofficial results on pickenselections.org.
Q. How is the winner determined in a runoff?
A. The candidate with the highest number of votes wins.
Q. When is a recount necessary?
A. When the difference between any candidate declared nominated and any other candidate not declared nominated is 1% or less of the total votes cast for all candidates for that office, a recount is mandatory.
Q. I’ve lost my voter registration card. Can I still vote?
A. Yes. Voters may also vote with their driver’s license or a DMV issued ID card. Voters may also go to our office on Election Day and get a duplicate card.
Q. I’ve moved since the last election and haven’t updated by voter registration card. Can I still vote?
A. If the voter…
1. …has moved to another residence within his precinct, he can vote at his polling place but must first fill out a change of address form.
2. …has moved to a different precinct within his county, he is eligible vote a failsafe ballot.
3. …moved to another residence in another county within 30 days of the primary, he is eligible to vote a failsafe ballot.
4. …moved to another residence in another county prior to 30 days before the primary, he is not eligible to vote.
Two Options for Voting Failsafe:
1. The voter may vote at the polling place in his previous precinct using a paper failsafe ballot.
2. The voter may go to the voter registration office in the county in which he currently resides, change his address, and vote a full ballot on the machines there.
Q. Can candidates or their representatives take people to the polls to vote?
Q. I saw a candidate/member of candidate’s campaign at my polling place talking to voters. Can he do that?
A. Yes, but there are restrictions:
-Inside the polling place: No campaigning is allowed. Candidates may be inside the polling place and talk to voters as long as they are not campaigning, intimidating voters, or interfering with the election process.
-Within 200 feet of an entrance to a polling place: Candidates and campaign staff may campaign as long as they are not intimidating voters or interfering with the election process. However, no campaign literature, signs, or posters are allowed. Candidates are allowed to wear a badge no larger than 4.25” x 4.25” featuring only the candidate’s name and office sought. Candidates must remove their badge upon entering a polling place.
-Outside 200 feet of an entrance to a polling place: does not fall under the jurisdiction of the poll clerk.
Q. A candidate is definitely campaigning while in the polling place, or there is campaign literature within 200 feet of the entrance. What can I do?
A. Inform the poll clerk immediately. If the issue is not resolved, contact our office and inform us of the situation. We will address your complaint. You can reach us at 864-898-5948 or 864-898-5949.
Q. Do employers have to give you time off to vote?
A. No. There is no state or federal law mandating that employers must give time off to employees to cast their vote. Voters who know they will not be able to visit the polls on Election Day should apply to vote absentee before the day of the election.
Q. When I left the polls, I was asked to participate in an “exit poll.” Is this legal?
A. Exit polls are legal and participation is voluntary. They are NOT conducted by the State Election Commission or the county election commissions. Generally, polls may not be conducted inside the polling place, and we ask that voters not be approached before they have voted. If a voter feels threatened or intimidated by a pollster, it should be reported immediately to the precinct’s poll clerk.
Q. Can alcoholic beverages be sold on the day of the Runoff?
A. Yes. State law only prohibits retail liquor sales on the day of the General Election.
Q. Where can I file a complaint about the election?
A. Any complaints regarding the election can be addressed to our office. You can reach us at 864-898-5948 or 864-898-5949. You may also send an email to the Director at firstname.lastname@example.org