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ELECTION DAY: Polls are open, here's what you need to know to vote

Voting has been steady today in York County, and elections officials expect to see a 50 to 55 percent voter turnout.

"We had a morning rush, that's when we saw the highest volume," said Wanda Hemphill with the York County Elections Office. "Since then, it has leveled out but not any significant lines. It's been just a steady flow."

Hemphill said turnout varies by precinct.

"A lot of areas in the county have always been high on voter turnout," she said. "One of the highest for voter turnout according to data is Laurel Creek in Rock Hill. That whole area -- Laurel Creek, Airport, Mt. Gallant -- they all vote pretty high. We normally see pretty good turnout in Fort Mill. I'm anxious in seeing what House 49 and county council 3 are going to generate, as far as turnout. There are some contests there where there is opposition , and I want to see if that will stimulate people to come out. That'll be interesting to see if people will mobilize in those areas."

Unlike presidential election years, there was almost no wait this morning at the polls in Fort Mill. At 7:30 a.m., 30 people had voted at Fort Mill's school district office precinct with quick in and out for access to machines. The road leading in to the poll was filled with signs, mainly for the Fort Mill school board that has four contested seats.

A small line formed at Rock Hill City Hall, where Gary Gaither, 70, said he wanted to vote for what's "fair."

"I'm here just letting my voice be heard," said Malcolm Crank, 61. "Because of what people went through in the past, to make this happen for me."

By 9 a.m., just over 90 people had voted at the Manchester precinct on Springsteen Road in Rock Hill. There were no lines.

Poll workers at Tega Cay Baptist Church saw a steady stream of voters. By 10:30 a.m., over 225 people had cast ballots.

Here's what you need to know to vote today:

As you head to the polls in York, Chester and Lancaster counties today, here’s what you need to know:

Where to vote: Polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Who can vote: You already must be registered to vote.

What to take: A voter registration card with a photo, or another form of photo identification: a S.C. driver’s license, S.C. DMV ID card, a federal military ID or a U.S. passport.

What to leave at home: Hats, shirts, pins and other paraphernalia that endorse a candidate. You cannot wear these within 200 feet of any polling place entrance. This law applies to posters, pamphlets, brochures, signs, buttons, hats, T-shirts, etc. Voters with campaign material will not be turned away, but will be asked to remove the material, cover the material, or otherwise cause the material not to be seen before being allowed to vote.

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Who wins? Go to after the polls close tonight for the latest results of local, state and national elections.

Problems? If you encounter any problems, such as long lines, at the polls, please let us know by emailing

What’s on the ballot?

Here’s a list of state and local races on the ballot in York, Chester and Lancaster counties. To see a customized sample ballot, go to, and click on “Get My Sample Ballot.” (* denotes incumbent)

State House District 26

Jeremy Walters (L)

Raye Felder (R) *

State House District 48

Barry McGrew (D)

Ralph Norman (R) *

State House District 49

John King (D) *

Robert Walker (R)

York County Council District 3

Steve Love (D)

Robert Winkler (R)

Rock Hill School Board Seat 2

Sarah Harper

Helena Miller

Ginny Moe *

Leon Putman

Rock Hill School Board Seat 4

Steve DiNino

Rick Lee

Jane Sharp *

York School Board at-large

Shirley Harris *

Diane Howell

Clover School Board Seat 2

Sherri Ciurlik *

Michael Nagy

Clover School Board Seat 5

Rob Wallace *

Jamie Henrickson

Fort Mill School Board at-large

(four seats open)

Terrin Boddie

Wayne Bouldin *

Brian Boyd

Michele Branning

Diane Dasher *

John Pretzel

Patrick White *

U.S. House, 5th District

Tom Adams (D)

Mick Mulvaney (R) *

Chester County bond referendum

Chester County residents are being asked to continue paying an extra 1percent sales tax to pay for a list of 58 capital improvement projects. The plan is to raise $13.5million over six years.

Chester County supervisor

Carlisle Roddey (D)

Shane Stuart (write-in)

Lancaster County bond referendum

Lancaster County residents are being asked to continue paying an extra 1percent sales to pay for road repairs, improvements to the library system and the county’s public safety radio system plus a forensics lab for the sheriff’s office. The plan is raise $41.7 million over six years.

Statewide races


Nikki Haley* (R)

Steve French (Libertarian)

Morgan Reeves (United Citizens)

Vincent Sheheen (D)

Lieutenant governor

Henry McMaster (R)

Bakari Sellers (D)

Attorney general

Parnell Diggs (D)

Alan Wilson* (R)

Commissioner of agriculture

Emile DeFelice (American)

David Edmond (United Citizens)

Hugh Weathers* (R)

Comptroller general

Richard Eckstrom* (R)

Kyle Herbert (D)

Secretary of state

Ginny Deerin (D)

Mark Hammond* (R)

Superintendent of education

Ed Murray (American)

Molly M. Spearman (R)

Tom Thompson (D)

U.S. Senate 1

Lindsey Graham* (R)

Brad Hutto (D)

Victor Kocher (Libertarian)

Thomas Ravenel (Petition)

U.S. Senate 2

Jill Bossi (American)

Joyce Dickerson (D)

Tim Scott* (R)

Constitutional Amendment 1

“Yes” vote would allow certain nonprofit organizations to conduct raffles and use the proceeds for charitable, religious, or educational purposes.

“No” vote would maintain the current law that considers a raffle to be a lottery and is prohibited.

Constitutional Amendment 2

“Yes” vote would require, beginning in 2018, the Adjutant General be appointed by the governor with consent of the Senate.

“No” vote would maintain the current method of electing an Adjutant General.

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