(Columbia, SC)- The League of Women Voters of the Columbia Area is encouraging registered voters to vote by absentee ballot in the June 9, 2020 Statewide Primaries and June 23, 2020 Runoff Elections. There are eighteen qualifications for obtaining an absentee ballot to vote in South Carolina listed at scvotes.org. Under the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, three qualifications that apply to those who are concerned about protecting their health while continuing to exercise their right to vote are those who are 65 or older, have a disability (including illness and injury,) and are attending a sick or disabled person (or serving as a caregiver.) If you or someone in your household meet these conditions, you can apply for an absentee ballot online or in person. Download and print the application form at https://www.scvotes.org/absentee-voting or request an application directly from your County Voter Registration Office.
Complete and submit the application for absentee ballot in person or by mail to your County Voter Registration Office at least four days before Election Day. If your application is mailed in, a ballot will be mailed back to you prior to Election Day.
Complete the absentee ballot, which must be signed by you and a witness, and return before Election Day, either in person, or by mail to your County Voter Registration Office.
The South Carolina Election Commission is taking steps for those who do not meet the qualifications to vote by absentee ballot and choose to vote in person at their precinct. Check-in stations and voting stations will be six feet apart. Sanitizing and safety materials are being secured for Election Day at the voting precincts including masks, face shields and gloves for poll managers, sneeze guards, sanitizing wipes, hand sanitizer and cotton swaps for making selections on the touchscreens of the election machines.
Please confirm ahead of time that your voting precinct is open. Your county may be experiencing polling place closures or relocations. To prepare to vote in the June 9, 2020 Statewide Primary go to https://www.vote411.org. VOTE411 is a League of Women Voters Education Fund initiative that provides nonpartisan information to the public with both general, state, and location specific voting information.
Dr. Laura Woliver, President
League of Women Voters of the Columbia Area
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.