In-Person Absentee Voting Now Available for VA Election

The Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission is pleased to announce the opening of in-person absentee voting for the Veterans’ Affairs Advisory Election. In-person absentee voting is located in our office at 222 McDaniel Ave, Pickens SC during normal office hours (8am-5pm) Monday through Friday. In-person absentee voting will end at 5PM on October 2, 2009.

Voting is restricted to those Pickens County veterans honorably discharged from the armed forces of the United States. There is no age limit and the voter is not required to have a registration certificate but must present proof of military service to the satisfaction of the poll manager (DD-214 or discharge certificate, a Veterans Administration ID card, American Legion membership card, Disabled Americans Veterans membership or identification card, Veterans of Foreign Wars membership or identification card, an official identification card showing that the person has retired from the military, or any other document which shows honorable service or general discharge under honorable conditions). Veterans wishing to vote must also present proof of residency in Pickens County such as a voter registration certificate or a SC driver’s license. Dependents of veterans are not entitled to vote in this election.

To vote absentee, you must be provide the documentation above and meet one of the following criteria:

  • Students, their spouses and dependents residing with them
  • Members of the Armed Forces, Merchant Marines, Red Cross, USO, government employees, their spouses and dependents residing with them
  • Overseas citizens
  • For reasons of employment will not be able to vote on election day
  • Physically disabled persons
  • Persons on vacation
  • Persons age 65 or older
  • Persons admitted to the hospital as emergency patients on day of election or at least four days prior to the election
  • 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
  • Persons serving as jurors in a state or federal court on election day
  • Certified poll watchers and poll managers

Persons unable to come into our office to vote absentee in-person may request an application to have a paper absentee ballot mailed to them by contacting Stacey in our office at 898-5948 or by email at [email protected] The same identification must be shown when voting by mail. The last day we can mail an absentee ballot is Tuesday, September 29, 2009.

If you have any questions please feel free to call the office at 864-898-5948.