Pickens County Veterans Affairs Officer Advisory Election

Election Date: Saturday, May 13, 2017

Polls Open: 8:00am to 6pm

This notice is to all Pickens County veterans honorably discharged from the armed forces of the United States of America that an advisory election will be held among Pickens County veterans on Saturday, May 13, 2017 to nominate a candidate to the Pickens County Legislative Delegation for recommendation to the State Director of Veterans Affairs for appointment as Pickens County Veterans Affairs Officer. The Pickens County Veterans Affairs Officer serves as the department head of the Pickens County Veterans Affairs Office. The person selected will serve a 4-year term that shall begin July 1, 2017.

SC Act 489 of 1998 states that the Board of Voter Registration & Elections of Pickens County “shall conduct an advisory election among the veterans in Pickens County to nominate a candidate to the County Legislative Delegation for recommendation for appointment as Pickens County Veterans Affairs Officer. The County Legislative Delegation shall consider the person nominated in the advisory election and, prior to making its recommendation, may consider any otherwise qualified person.”

ELECTION DAY VOTING LOCATIONS:

The election will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the following Pickens County School locations:

Dacusville Middle School ​
899 Thomas Mill Road, 
Easley, SC 29640

Gettys Middle School ​​
510 S Pendleton St, 
Easley, SC 29640

RC Edwards Middle School ​
1157 Madden Bridge Road, 
Central, SC 29630

Liberty Elementary School ​
251 North Hillcrest Street, 
Liberty, SC 29657

Pickens Elementary School ​
567 Hampton Avenue, 
Pickens, SC 29671

Unlike other elections, voters have not been pre-assigned to any one particular voting location. Voters may go to any one of the above locations to cast their ballot.

Voting is restricted to those Pickens County veterans honorably discharged from the armed forces of the United States. Dependents of veterans are not entitled to vote in this election.

PROOF OF BEING A VETERAN: There is no age limit and the voter is not required to be a registered voter, but must present proof of honorable discharge from military service to the satisfaction of the poll manager. Examples of proof include:
• DD-214 or discharge certificate
• 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.

PROOF OF RESIDENCY: Veterans who are not registered to vote wishing to vote in this election must present proof of residency in Pickens County. Such proof must show the voter’s name and address in this county. Examples of proof include:
• a current valid photo ID (like a Driver’s License)
• a current utility bill – the following are considered utility bills: electricity/power, cable, satellite, natural gas, internet, and telephone bills.
• a current bank statement
• a current paycheck or paycheck stub
• any other government document that shows your name and address in this county

PHOTO ID: In accordance with South Carolina’s new Voter ID Law, all voters will be asked to show one of the following Photo IDs:
• S.C. Driver’s License
• ID Card issued by S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (includes concealed weapons permit)
• S.C. Voter Registration Card with Photo
• Federal Military ID (includes Veterans Administration ID Card)
• U.S. Passport

Voters who are blind, physically handicapped, or unable to read or write are entitled to assistance in casting their ballot. This assistance may be given by anyone the voter chooses except his employer, an agent of his employer, or an officer or agent of his union. The Managers must be notified if assistance is needed.

Voters who are unable to enter their polling place due to physical handicap or age may vote in the vehicle in which they drove, or were driven, to the polls. When notified, the Managers will help voters using this curbside voting provision.

At 9:00 a.m. on Election Day, the Board of Voter Registration & Elections of Pickens County will begin its examination of the absentee ballot return envelopes at their office in the County Administrative Facility.

A hearing on ballots challenged, if any, will be heard by the Board of Voter Registration & Elections of Pickens County at 9:00am on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at their office inside the Pickens County Administration Facility located at 222 McDaniel Ave Suite B-9, Pickens, SC.

ABSENTEE IS VOTING AVAILABLE: Veterans who cannot vote in person on the day of this election may be eligible to vote by absentee ballot prior to May, 13, 2017. In-person absentee voting is available in the Office of the Board of Voter Registration & Elections during normal business hours (8am to 5pm Monday through Friday) at their office inside the Pickens County Administration Facility located at 222 McDaniel Ave Suite B-9, Pickens, SC. In-person absentee voting ends at 5pm on Friday, May 12, 2017. Voters who would like to receive a paper absentee ballot by mail must request an Application for an Absentee Ballot by contacting the Board’s office.

For more information concerning this election, please go to our website: https://pickenselections.org/

You may also contact the Registration and Elections Office (inside the Pickens County Administration Facility 222 McDaniel Ave Suite B-9, Pickens) by calling 898-5948 or 864-898-5949 or by sending an email to elections@co.pickens.sc.us or calling 864-898-5948 for more information.

-Rodney W. Allen, Director