Senate District 42 special election is Tuesday in Charleston, North Charleston

Voters in parts of West Ashley, downtown Charleston and North Charleston will go to the polls Tuesday to decide who will take over the state Senate seat formerly held by Robert Ford.

Voter Info

Polls Open

From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the same places used for last November’s general election. Polling places also may be found at postandcourier.com/senate42-polling.

Voter ID

The state’s new Voter ID requirements will be in effect, so voters should bring either: a driver’s license or ID card issued by S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles; a state voter registration card with a photo; a federal military ID or a U.S. passport.

Those who do not have an ID may vote but first must sign a form stating why they could not get one.

District 42

This Senate district was redrawn two years ago and stretches from some of West Ashley’s oldest neighborhoods to parts of downtown Charleston and up through North Charleston.

To find out if you’re in District 42 and eligible to vote Tuesday, go to scvotes.org and click on the “Voters” and “Check your voter registration” tabs.

Absentee voting

In-person absentee voting will end at 5 p.m. Monday at the Charleston County Board of Elections and Voter Registration Office at 4367 Headquarters Road, North Charleston. All other absentee ballots must arrive in that office by 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The race pits Democrat Marlon Kimpson against Republican Billy Shuman and Libertarian Alex Thornton.

Ford, a Democrat who had held the seat for two decades, resigned in May after the Senate’s Ethics Committee found that he had improperly used his campaign funds.

The campaign has lacked any face-to-face meetings between the candidates. There was far more political activity in the run up to the Aug. 13 Democratic primary, where Kimpson eventually prevailed over a field of six candidates.

Kimpson, a lawyer who works for Motley Rice and a former vice chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party, is widely considered the favorite. His campaign pledges include fighting the state’s new Voter ID laws and its decision not to expand Medicaid.

He has raised and spent more than $170,000. Also, the district’s voters are 62 percent black, and Kimpson is the only African-American on the ballot.

Billy Shuman, a North Charleston real estate agent who has not run for office before, has not filed campaign disclosure forms with the state and has not returned reporters’ phone calls. His mailers underscore how he is a strong Republican.

Thornton, a photographer and Libertarian, has campaigned on pledges to work to end the state’s income tax, to end the state’s “war on marijuana,” and to donate her salary to education reform.

Whoever wins is expected to be sworn in soon to fill the remainder of Ford’s term, which runs through 2016.



Reach Robert Behre at 937-5771.

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