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We're in the final countdown to Tuesday's mid-term elections. So here's a little help on getting to the poling places and voting.
First of all if you haven't registered to vote, you're out of luck. You had to do that a month out.
But if you're merely not sure where you're registered to vote or what polling place you should go to, or don't have your voter registration card, fret not: All you need to have is your voter registration card or S.C. DMV-issue ID. As for where you should go, head over to the state's election website to check your registration and voting place, you'll only need your name, birth date, and county of registration.
That will tell you which districts you live in and where you should vote. It's always a good idea to check that info just in case your polling place has moved.
Actually casting your vote
Now that you know where to head, here's what you need to know about voting.
If you've not yet used the electronic voting machines, here's an excellent orientation video.
As for who will be on your ballot, check your voter registration for your precinct name and number, then get the sample ballot from your county office. Here's the pages you want: Charleston County, Dorchester County, and Berkeley County.
Finally, the polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and as long as you're in line by 7 p.m., you'll be allowed to vote.
(Link depth varies as prudent. If you'd like to suggest relevant
coverage to be added please do so below in the comments. Races without
any opposition are omitted.)
Statewide and federal races
Governor's race, Nikki Haley (R) v Vincent Sheheen (D) v Morgan Bruce Reeves (Green, United Citizens): Haley profile, Sheheen profile, The State endorsement of Sheheen, The Post and Courier endorsement of Haley, The Post and Courier Q&A series.
1st Congressional District, Keith Blandford (Libertarian), Ben Frasier (D), Rob Groce (Working Families), Mac McCullough (United Citizens), Tim Scott (R), and Jimmy Wood (Independence): overview of candidates at a forum and NPR story about the momentum behind Scott.
U.S. Senate, U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint (R) v Alvin Greene (D): Overview of race. DeMint is likely to lead a blowout here, and there have been numerous write-in bids for the seat, including Charleston Chef Nathalie Dupree has write-in bid.
County and local races
Now that you've looked up who's on your ballot you'll know who you should know more about. Thankfully the most comprehensive set of profiles on local candidates (The Post and Courier) has presenter their coverage in geographic regions: Berkeley County, Charleston County, and Dorchester County.
If you'll be tweeting locally about the race, use the hashtag #chsvotes.