2013 Municipal Election Frequently Asked Questions

Registered voters inside the incorporated city limits of Central, Easley, Norris, Liberty, and Pickens will go to the polls on Tuesday, November 5th. Poll are open from 7am to 7pm. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding municipal elections:


Q. Who can vote in the municipal elections today?

A. Every person offering to vote in these Municipal Elections must be both:
•registered on the County Books of Registration for Pickens County as an elector at least 30-days prior to the election
•a resident of the municipality for at least thirty days prior to the date of election
•for Easley’s election, you must also be resident of Ward 2


Q. What candidates and/or offices are on the ballot today?

A. The candidates and offices on a particular ballot will differ depending on the city in which you reside. To find out what candidates will appear on ballots in your city, please view your city’s sample ballot HERE.

Note, unopposed offices do not appear on the ballot.  Please see additional information HERE.

Candidate contact information can be found HERE.


Q. Where do I vote?

A. At the polling place for your assigned precinct. The following Pickens County precincts and polling places will be open from 7:00 a.m.until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5, 2013:

Town of Central Precincts and Voting Locations

108 West Central –  Central/Clemson Library – 105 Commons Way Central, SC  29630

109 North Central – Central First Baptist Church – 207 Johnson Road Central, SC  29630

110 Pike Central – First Baptist Church – 207 Johnson Road Central, SC  29630

153 South Central – Cannon Memorial Baptist Church – 120 Pepper Street Central, SC  29630

City of Easley Precincts and Voting Locations (Only voters inside Easley Ward 2 are eligible):

132 Zion – Brushy Creek Baptist Church – 100 Clay Street Easley, SC  29642

138 Brushy Creek – Brushy Creek Baptist Church – 100 Clay Street Easley, SC  29642

141 Forest Acres – St. Matthias Lutheran Church – 501 Powdersville Road Easley, SC  29642

142 Crestview – Smithfields Country Club – 100 Pine Ridge Drive Easley, SC  29642

158 Pope Field – Brushy Creek Baptist Church – 100 Clay Street Easley, SC  29642

159 Sheffield – St. Matthias Lutheran Church – 501 Powdersville Road Easley, SC  29642

164 Hunt Meadows (Anderson County) – Brushy Creek Baptist Church – 100 Clay Street Easley, SC  29642

City of Liberty Precincts & Voting Locations

128 Rices Creek – Liberty First Baptist Church – 403 Edgemont Avenue Liberty, SC  29657

129 West Liberty – Calumet Baptist Church – 400 S. Peachtree Street Liberty, SC  29657

130 East Liberty – Eastside Baptist Church – 920 Anderson Drive Libery, SC  29657

155 North Liberty – Liberty First Baptist Church – 403 Edgemont Avenue Liberty, SC  29657

Town of Norris Precincts & Voting Locations

112 Norris – Norris Town Hall – 100 E. Jamison Street Norris, SC  29667

City of Pickens Precincts & Voting Locations

123 South Pickens – Pickens Elementary School 567 Hampton Ave Pickens, SC 29671

121 North Pickens – Pickens Fire Station 302 Johnson Street Pickens, SC  29671

122 West Pickens – Pickens Fire Station 302 Johnson Street Pickens, SC  29671

124 East Pickens – Pickens Fire Station 302 Johnson Street Pickens, SC  29671

125 Glassy Mountain – Pickens Fire Station 302 Johnson Street Pickens, SC  29671

154 Crescent Hill – Pickens Fire Station 302 Johnson Street Pickens, SC 29671


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. 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:

When registered voters go to their voting location to vote (or vote absentee in-person), they will need to display ONE of five types of photo identification.

•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 (includes Veteran’s Benefits Card)

•U.S. Passport

If you already have one of the above photo IDs and are registered to vote, you are all set.  Just remember to bring your photo ID with you when you go to vote.

If you don’t have one of the above photo IDs, you can get a SC Voter Registration Card with Photo from your County Voter Registration Office.  There is absolutely NO CHARGE for these cards.  For Pickens County, the Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission is located inside the County Administration Building (222 McDaniel Ave Suite B-9 Pickens, SC 29671).  Their office is open from 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday, and from 7am to 7pm on every election day.

If you have a photo ID, but forgot to bring it to the voting location, you have the following two options:

a) Leave polling place, retrieve Photo ID, return and vote a regular ballot on the machines.

b) Vote a paper provisional ballot at the polling place and present the Photo ID later to county election commission (CEC) no later than provisional ballot hearing. Ballot will NOT count unless voter presents Photo ID by that time.  Voter does NOT complete Reasonable Impediment Affidavit.

If you are unable to obtain one of the photo IDs due to a reasonable impediment, you can still vote a paper provisional ballot, which will be counted by the Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission.  According to the SC Attorney General, a reasonable impediment is any valid reason, beyond the voter’s control, which created an obstacle to the voter obtaining the necessary Photo ID in order to vote.  The law says that if the voter has any of the following “reasonable impediments” to obtaining a photo ID, he may use the non-photo Voter Registration Card, sign an affidavit attesting to voter’s identity and impediment, and cast a paper provisional ballot that will be counted.  Reasonable impediments include:

o Religious objection to being photographed

o Lack of transportation

o Disability or illness

o Lack of birth certificate

o Work schedule

o Family responsibilities

o Other reasonable impediment (list if disclosure is not prohibited by state or federal law)

The Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission is required to find this affidavit valid “unless it has grounds to believe the affidavit is false.”  Any reason offered by the voter must be accepted.  The Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission cannot “second guess” the reason.  Also, the voter cannot be required to attend the canvas at the county office.

As long as a voter “does not lie about his or her identity … or about the reason he or she has not obtained a photo ID, the reason that the voter gives must be accepted by the county board, and the ballot must be counted.”


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 inside 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 the complaint.


Q. Can candidates or their representatives take people to the polls to vote?

A. Yes.


Q. When and where will results be reported?

A. You can view the unofficial results live as they are reported in the Auditorium of the Pickens County Administration Building (222 McDaniel Ave Pickens, SC 29671). You can also view the election results on our website, pickenselections.org, after all precincts have reported in.


Q. How are winners and runoffs determined?

This depends on your city.  Please see information below:

Plurality (also called Winner take All) (Section 5-15-61) – Central and Norris

  1. When more than one person is seeking election to a single office, the candidate receiving the highest number of votes shall be elected.
  2. When more candidates are seeking election to two or more offices than there are offices to be filled, those candidates receiving the highest number of votes, equal to the number of offices to be filled, shall be elected.
  3. Runoff elections only occur in the event of a tie.   Any runoff necessary will be held Tuesday, November 19th 2013.

Majority & Runoff (Section 5-15-62) – Easley, Liberty, and Pickens.

  1. When more than one person is seeking election to a single office, the majority shall be determined by dividing the total votes cast for this particular office, including write-ins, for all candidates by two. Any excess of this sum shall be a majority. (*See NOTE below) The candidate who obtains a majority shall be elected.
  2. When more candidates are seeking election to two or more offices than there are offices to be filled, the majority is determined by dividing the total votes cast for this particular office, including write-ins, for all candidates by the number of offices to be filled, then dividing the result by two. Any excess of this sum shall be a majority. (*See NOTE below) The candidates who obtain a majority shall be elected. If more candidates obtain a majority than there are offices to be filled, those candidates having the highest vote (equal to the number of offices to be filled) shall be elected.
  3. If no candidate for a single office or an insufficient number of candidates for two or more offices receives a majority vote, a runoff election shall be held as follows:

A. If no candidate for a single office receives a majority of the votes cast in the first election, a second election shall be conducted two weeks later between the two candidates receiving the largest number of votes in the first election who do not withdraw. The candidate receiving a majority of the votes cast in the runoff election shall be elected.

B. If candidates for two or more offices are to be elected and some or all candidates do not receive a majority of the votes cast in the first election, a second election shall be conducted two weeks later between one more than the number of candidates necessary to fill the vacant offices. The candidates receiving the highest number of votes cast in the runoff election equal to the number of offices to be filled shall be elected.

C.  Write-ins are not allowed in these runoff elections. Sections 5-15-62.

D. Any runoff necessary will be held Tuesday, November 19th 2013.

NOTE:  In determining a majority, any excess of a sum is considered a majority.  If, after dividing your totals by the appropriate numbers, your sum is a fractional number, you do not round up or round down to a whole number.  For example, three candidates are running for Mayor. After the election, there are 1233 total votes cast for this office. Candidate A received 310 votes, candidate B received 617 votes, candidate C received 306 votes. After totaling the votes and dividing by 2, the sum is 616.5. Candidate B would win the election because candidate B received an excess of the majority.  Even though the excess is just .5, it is still an excess.


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. 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. Are there any laws about candidates posting their signs along the roadway?

A. Yes, there are several state laws addressing political signs on roadways, as well as county and municipal ordinances. See S.C. Code of Laws Sections 57-25-10, 57-25-140, and 7-25-210. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the entity that maintains the road (state, county, or municipality) to enforce applicable sign laws. Please see our campaign signs page for more information.


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. Where can I file a complaint about the election?

A. Any complaints regarding the election can be addressed to our office. Call us at 864-898-5948 or 864-898-5949 or send an email to rodneya@co.pickens.sc.us.