Just this morning, the Richland Delegation received updates of polling locations/changes for the upcoming June 9th primaries!
I’ve attached the impact to our community above in a screenshot of the excel spreadsheet I received. You will see RED means that poll will NOT be open June 9th. Instead, look for your precinct name next to another nearby polling location.
You may have also seen my recent column in last week’s Irmo News sharing how you can vote absentee during this time (and use COVID-19 as a valid reason). I’ve cut/paste some of that column below.
Voting absentee by mail requires the following steps.
Step 1: Get an absentee application in one of two ways: Get the application online from scvotes.org (you must be able to print it or save it for printing later) or request an application for yourself or your immediate family member from your respective county’s local elections office. In Richland County, you will request one from the Richland County Elections and Voter Registration office by phone (803) 576-2240; fax (803) 576-1510; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; or mail, and you will be mailed an application.
Step 2: Once you’ve printed your application online or received your application in the mail, you must complete it, sign it, and return it to your respective county’s local elections office. You should return the application as soon as possible but no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before the election, which is June 5, 2020 for the upcoming primary.
Step 3: Receive your absentee ballot in the mail. Step 4: Vote the ballot by following the instructions and returning it to your respective county’s local elections office by 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election. You may return the ballot personally or by mail.
The opportunity to vote in person absentee is also an available option. You can go to your respective county’s local elections office, complete an application, and cast your vote. In Richland County, it will be at the Richland County Elections and Voter Registration office located at 2020 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC 29204. You may vote in person absentee up until 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election. Rules for photo ID required to vote at the polling place apply.