BE AN INFORMED VOTER

BE AN INFORMED VOTER:

FACTS YOU MAY NOT KNOW

BY Bobbie Harrison and Louvetta Dicks

Despite the onslaught of well-publicized four-year Presidential Elections, little attention is reserved for the many times we are asked to vote. School Boards, County Councils, and special elections happen all the time. As interested citizens, we should participate in these events. We can be part of the election process. BUT ONLY IF WE ARE REGISTERED TO VOTE!

First of all, you must be a citizen, either native-born or naturalized. You must be a resident of the state, county, and precinct in which you are registered to vote. In South Carolina, there is no length of residency requirement. Many of these facts are widely known. But, read on, for some information you may not know.

WHO MAY VOTE

  • People who were convicted of a felony, but have completed their sentence, including probation and parole, and paid a fine, if necessary.
  • People who have received a pardon for a crime.

WHO MAY NOT VOTE

  • People who are declared by court order to be mentally incompetent.
  • People who are confined to a public prison as a result of conviction of a crime.
  • People who have been convicted of a felony or offense against election laws.