Absentee Voting Available, Deadline Approaches

IMG_6548 Randy and April Opening Absentee Voting for 2015 Municipal Elections - Copy

In Photo: April Bagwell, Office Coordinator and Randy Russell, Election Analyst (temporary)

The In-person Absentee Voting Precinct is open in our office for the November 17, 2015 Easley Ward 5 Runoff Election. Because of the extremely short turnaround time for a runoff election, time is limited.  The last day voters have to vote in-person is 5PM Monday, November 16, 2015.

Voting in-person is the fastest and easiest way to vote absentee. 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)
  • Persons 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 thier 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
  • Persons sixty-five years of age or older (Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act)

To vote in the Easley Ward 5 Runoff Election, you must be both a resident residing inside the incorporated municipality boundaries of the City of Easley for at least 30-days prior to the election and reside inside the Easley Ward 5 City Council District.  All voters must have registered to vote in Pickens County by October 3, 2015 to vote in the election.  It does not matter if the voter participated in the original November 3, 2015 election or not.

For more information about absentee voting, please click here.

Voters will be asked to show one of the following valid Photo IDs:
•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

For complete information on the voter ID law, how to obtain a Voter Registration Card with Photo, and reasonable impediment exception please click here.

A sample ballot is available here.

The In-Person Absentee Voting Precinct will be open during our normal office hours of Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm.

The In-Person Absentee Precinct will close at 5:00PM on Monday, November 16, 2015.

Persons unable to vote absentee by person may vote absentee by mail. Voters may request an application to apply by calling 864-898-5948, sending an email to elections@co.pickens.sc.us, or by clicking HERE. Ballots will be mailed once a completed paper application has been received by our office. The last day we can mail a paper absentee ballot is Friday, November 13, 2015. Paper ballots are due back to our office by 7pm November 1Due to limited time available, voters are strongly encouraged to vote in-person instead of by may.