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Subject: June 9, 2020 Primary Election Information
Important Notice Regarding the June 9, 2020 Primary
In order to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Richland County Board of Registration and Elections
will enforce what the SC DHEC defines as the 6 feet/10 minute rule. We are taking measures to provide physical barriers and separation while exercising your right to vote.
ABSENTEE (EARLY VOTING)
We would also like to encourage the elderly (over 65), disabled or anyone that meets any of the 16 qualifications for absentee voting, to vote by mail-in absentee.
You may call the voter registration office (803) 576-2240 and request your application to be mailed to you. If you choose to vote by mail in absentee, do so as soon as possible.
To request an application, send an email to: email@example.com
Mail Absentee ballots to: P O Box 5330, Columbia, SC 29250
In-Person Absentee Voting begins 30 days before an election and runs through the day before the election to June 8, 2020.
In-Person Absentee Voting at 2020 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC; bring your photo identification and you can complete the application and cast your ballot in one step.
Additional Absentee Voting Rules
- Your completed absentee ballot must be placed in the "Ballots Herein" envelope provided with your absentee ballot. The "Ballots Herein" envelope
- will then be placed inside a "Return Envelope" which you must sign and have witnessed before returning.
- State law requires the voter to sign the application for an absentee ballot and oath on the envelope used to return the absentee ballot.
- A "power of attorney" is not applicable for voting. Voters unable to write because of physical handicap or illiteracy may receive help in applying for and marking their ballot.
- The voter must make his/her mark and have the mark witnessed by someone chosen by the voter.
For more information regarding voter registration and absentee voting, contact the Richland County Election & Voter Registrations office at 803-576-2240.
Important Notice regarding Voter Registration
17 year olds who will turn 18 years old before or the day of the upcoming general election may register to vote before their 18th birthday and can participate in
primary elections prior to their 18th birthday.
The deadline to register to vote for the upcoming June 9th Primary Election is Tuesday, May 11, 2020.
JUNE 9, 2020 PRIMARY ELECTION
Our office is taking the following steps to help minimize and control the spread of COVID-19 during this elections period:
1) Election officials are taking steps to protect health of voters, poll managers
2) Poll managers – will receive COVID-19 training on applying social distancing and maintaining sanitary conditions in the polling place
3) Election officials are working to source: Masks, face shields, and gloves for poll managers
4) Sneeze guards for check-in stations
5) Sanitizing wipes for voters and poll managers
6) Hand sanitizer for voters and poll managers
7) Cotton swabs for making selections on the touchscreens
8) Check-in stations and voting equipment will be spaced at least six feet apart.
Voter should prepare for participating in the Primary by:
1) Making sure you are registered to vote
2) Visit scvotes.org to check to see if you are registered
3) Updating your address if needed
4) Bring your Photo ID and voter registration card
5) Wear a protective mask
6) Bring your own pen for signing the poll list
7) Practice social distancing by spacing yourself at least six feet apart from others
8) Please remaining patient
2020 Hampton Street
Columbia, SC 29204
PO Box 192
Columbia, SC 29202
Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Phone: (803) 576-2240
Fax: (803) 576-1510