What to know when you vote Tuesday Nov 8, 2016

Election

Election offices across the Carolina’s are preparing for long lines and large voter turnouts on Election Day 2016..

In North Carolina, Early voting or One-Stop Absentee wrapped up on Saturday. You can still bring write in absentee ballots to the polls until 5 pm on Election Day.

Polls in NC open at 6:30 AM and close at 7:30 PM.

In South Carolina polls open at 7 AM and close at 7 PM. As long as you’re in line at 7 by 7 in the evening, election officials said you will get to vote.

The Spartanburg County Election’s Office released information ahead of the election to help voters as they register and vote this week.

The following information comes from Henry Laye with Spartanburg County Elections

  1. We expect long lines of voters – Message:  be patient
  2. Voters can help reduce the lines by making sure they have the proper photo ID, or failing that have their voter registration card to show.  Message:  make sure your registration is up to date before heading to the polls.  You can slow down the lines by not taking the time to verify your registration if you have moved since you last voted.
  3. Know where you go to vote.
  4. Know that many people want to vote before going to work and lines will form for the 7:00 a.m. poll opening.
  5. Know that lunch time is a popular time to vote too, so expect lines there.
  6. After work lines are long too:  message on voting times is again BE Patient
  7. Once you have your ballot open on the voting machine, if you have a question at any time, ask a poll manager before you select that final “Confirm” button because once you confirm it your ballot is cast.
  8. These ballots allow a voter to vote a “straight party” ticket.  If one does that, then all candidates associated with that party are automatically selected.  There may be other offices to be filled whose candidates are not associated with that party, or may even be a non-partisan candidate.  A voter may, if they so choose, vote in these races as well.
  9. Review your choices before confirming
  10. If a voter does not have any form of the accepted photo ID’s, they may come to the County Election office and have their picture put on a voter registration card at no cost to them.
  11. If you can, thank a poll manager for assisting you:  they work hard to make voting an efficient and pleasant experience.

Laye also said voters may not wear any type of clothing or jewelry that relates to a specific candidate or party.

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