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Public Notice - Hand Count Audit

PUBLIC NOTICE

THE HORRY COUNTY REGISTRATION & ELECTIONS OFFICE WILL BE CONDUCTING A HAND COUNT AUDIT ON A PRECINCT TO BE DETERMINED BY THE STATE ELECTION COMMISSION. THIS  AUDIT WILL BE CONDUCTED AT 9:00 AM ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15TH AT THE ELECTIONS OFFICE LOCATED AT 1515 4TH AVE.

 



Early Voting Now Open in Horry County

Early voting is now open in Horry County for the upcoming June 14 Primaries.  

Following a recent change in state legislation, in-person absentee voting has now been replaced with a two-week early voting period. Any voter can visit an early-voting location in their county and vote like they would at their polling place on Election Day.

  • Early-voting for June Primaries:
    • Tuesday, May 31 – Friday, June 10 (closed on Saturdays and Sundays).
    • 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Locations in Horry County:
      • Voters Registration and Elections Office
      • North Strand Recreation Center
      • South Strand Recreation Center
      • Carolina Forest Library
  • Early-voting for June Runoffs:
    • Wednesday, June 22 – Friday, June 24.
    • Same hours and locations as Primaries.
  • Bring your Photo ID (or voter registration card if you do not have a Photo ID).

For more information, visit scVOTES.gov or contact the Horry County Voter’s Registration & Elections office at (843) 915-5440.



Update on Early Voting in Horry County

Last week, Governor McMaster signed into law legislation passed by the General Assembly that establishes early voting in South Carolina. 

To help prepare for the upcoming June 14 Primaries, the State Election Commission wants voters to know all their options to vote:

Early Voting

In-person absentee voting has now been replaced with a two-week early voting period. Any voter can visit an early-voting location in their county and vote like they would at their polling place on Election Day.

  • Early-voting for June Primaries:
    • Tuesday, May 31 – Friday, June 10 (closed on Saturdays and Sundays).
    • 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Locations in Horry County:
      • Voters Registration and Elections Office
      • North Strand Recreation Center
      • South Strand Recreation Center
      • Carolina Forest Library
  • Early-voting for June Runoffs:
    • Wednesday, June 22 – Friday, June 24.
    • Same hours and locations as Primaries.
  • Bring your Photo ID (or voter registration card if you do not have a Photo ID).

Absentee (by-mail only)

Absentee voting allows qualified voters to cast a ballot by mail prior to Election Day. In-Person Absentee Voting is no longer authorized by law. 

Qualified voters include:

  • Voters with disabilities.
  • Voters sixty-five years of age or older.
  • Members of the Armed Forces and Merchant Marines of the United States, their spouses, and dependents residing with them.
  • Voters admitted to hospitals as emergency patients on the day of an election or within a four-day period before the election.
  • Voters who, for one of the following reasons, are unable to vote in person on any day of the early-voting period or on Election Day.
  • Employment obligations.
  • Attending sick or physically disabled persons. 
  • Confined to a jail or pretrial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial.
  • Absent from their county for any reason. 

To vote absentee:

  • Request an absentee application by phone, mail, or in person at the county voter registration office.
  • Complete, sign and return the application to your county voter registration office by mail or in person.
  • County offices will soon begin issuing new applications based on the new requirements.
  • The old application will continue to be accepted through May 31.
  • After May 31, only new applications meeting current requirements will be accepted.
  • The deadline to return a new application is June 3.
  • You will receive your absentee ballot in the mail.
  • Vote and return your ballot to your county voter registration office by mail or in person no later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.
  • Be sure to sign the voter’s oath and have the return envelope witnessed. There are no changes to the witness requirement in effect for the June Primaries. Witness requirement changes in the law go into effect in July.
  • Photo ID will be required to return your ballot in person.
  • Ballots returned by mail should be mailed no later than one week prior to election day to help ensure timely delivery.

Polling Place on Election Day

For more information, visit scVOTES.gov or contact the Horry County Voter’s Registration & Elections office at (843) 915-5440.



Reminders for the June 9, 2020 Primary Election

South Carolina will hold a Primary Election Tuesday, June 9, 2020. Polls in Horry County will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will be utilizing enhanced safety protocols for voters and staff. Voters are encouraged to be patient as safety protocols may cause the process to be slightly slower.

  • Poll workers will be protected by face shields, face masks, and gloves.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for use.
  • Masks are encouraged but not mandatory.
  • Voters will use a cotton swab to vote on the ballot marking devices.

Many polling locations have changed due to COVID19. Voters are encouraged to visit scvotes.org to find their current polling location.

Interested voters can also vote in-person Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Horry County Voter's Registration, Elections & CDBG complex located at 1515 4th Avenue in Conway. Additionally, the Voter's Registration & Elections office will be open for in-person voting Saturday, June 6, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enhanced safety protocols will also be in place.

Those with absentee ballots may drop them off at the Voter's Registration, Elections, & CDBG complex until 7 p.m. on Election night using the drop-box to the right of the front doors.

For more information, contact Horry County Voter's Registration & Elections at (843) 915-5440.



Horry County Board of Registration & Elections to Conduct Scanner Test

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Board of Registration and Elections will conduct a routine test of the 650 Scanner used to count absentee ballots on Election Day, January 2, 2018.  The test will be held Friday, December 29, 2017, at 9 a.m. at the Horry County Registration & Elections Office located at 1515 4th Avenue in Conway.

For more information, contact Horry County Registration & Elections at 843-915-5440.



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