Make sure you are prepared on Election Day

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By The Staff

The Nov. 4 election promises to draw plenty of attention.

If you’re a voter, we encourage you to exercise your right as a U.S. citizen. It’s part of the American process and participation should be taken seriously. The vote will greatly impact our future.

Millions of citizens across the nation are expected to cast ballots for national, state and community leaders. A new president will be elected, so the future of our nation’s leadership will hinge on ballots cast.

Two givens on election day are tight races and long voting lines.

To handle the voting process, we encourage voters to take time prior to the election and be familiar with the candidates as well as the explanations of the proposed state constitutional amendments. Be educated on issues and those running for office.

Know your voting precinct, especially if you have moved and are a new voter.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and will remain open to 7 p.m. If you are in line when the polls close, you can vote. If you want to expedite the election process and avoid crowds, vote during non-peak times of 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Another way to avoid the election day crowds at your polling place is to vote absentee, which can be done in-person up to 5 p.m. Monday. To request an absentee ballot by mail, call the county voter registration/election office at 285-2969. Return the ballot to the county election office, by mail or in-person.

If voting on election day, be sure to have one of the three IDs needed to cast your ballot. Those are a voter registration card, S.C. driver’s license which includes name and address, or a S.C. identification card issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

If you registered by mail, or did not provide proof of residence when you registered, you will be asked to provide a current valid photo ID (student ID, military ID, or passport). You might also be asked to provide an official document which shows your name and current address. Examples are a bank statement, utility bill, lease or government check.

Voters should not wear or bring items which promote a candidate or political party because electioneering is not allowed within 200 feet of the entrance to a polling place.

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask a poll worker for assistance. They are there to help and help make the process move as smooth as possible.

If you encounter a long line and chances are favorable you will, stay and vote. Your vote, no matter how it it’s cast, does count.

The election is vital to our future. The impact will be felt from the White House, U.S. Congress, state capitol, city hall and school board. Make sure you have your say and your voice is heard.

Go vote.