Hundreds voting by absentee ballot ahead of Pee Dee elections
Hundreds of people have voted by absentee valid ahead of Tuesday's elections across the Pee Dee.
The Florence County Voter Registration and Elections Commission Office was crowded Monday as people were trying to cast their ballot on the last day of absentee voting.
Many said they didn't want to miss the chance to vote.
"We need people in office to make a difference. We're behind in so many things. One example teachers pay. Senior citizens, veterans. We all need somebody in our office that will contribute to help," said Gloria Smith.
"Voting is always, it's a civic responsibility. So I make sure that every time there is an election, I make an effort to vote, like today. I came up early today. It's a part of the democratic process. To make sure that your voice be heard. That's you're number one way of leading candidates now, how you stand on issues. By voting," explained Damon White.
SCvotes.org lists the following qualifications to be able to vote by absentee ballot:
Persons qualified to vote by absentee ballot:
- Members of the Armed Forces or Merchant Marine serving outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them
- Persons serving with the American Red Cross or with the United Service Organizations (USO) who are attached to and serving with the Armed Forces outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them
- Overseas Citizens
- Persons who are physically disabled
- Students attending school outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them
- Persons who for reasons of employment will not be able to vote on election day
- Government employees serving outside their county of residence on Election Day and their spouses and dependents residing with them
- Persons who plan to be on vacation outside their county of residence on Election Day
- Persons serving as a juror in state or federal court on Election Day
- Persons admitted to the hospital as emergency patients on Election Day or within a four-day period before the election
- Persons with a death or funeral in the family within three days before the election
- Persons confined to a jail or pre-trial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial
- Persons attending sick or physically disabled persons
- Certified poll watchers, poll managers, and county election officials working on Election Day
- Persons sixty-five years of age or older
- Persons who for religious reasons do not want to vote on a Saturday (Presidential Primaries Only) Polls open Tuesday morning at 7 o'clock in the morning and close at 7 o'clock that evening. We will have full coverage on results for the grand Strand hand feeding