Voters will go to the polls Tuesday across the Lowcountry to decide dozens of municipal races and a tax question, while voters in other states will see even higher profile contests.
Polls will open at 7 a.m. Tuesday and close at 7 p.m. Voters in line by 7 p.m. will be able to vote.
The state’s new Voter ID requirements will be in effect, so voters should bring one of the following: a driver’s license or ID card issued by the 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 one of these IDs may vote but first must sign a form stating why they could not get one of those photo IDs.
Voters who forget their photo ID may cast a provisional ballot, but it will count only if they return to their county election office and show their photo ID there before results are certified later in the week.
Most polling places will be the same as last November. Exceptions are: Charleston 6, Memminger Elementary (20 Beaufain St.); Charleston 7, Buist Academy (103 Calhoun St.); Charleston 9, Charleston Progressive Elementary (382 Meeting St.); and Kings Grant and Kings Grant 2, Riverbluff Church. In Berkeley County, Charleston voters will go Daniel Island Elementary School, and Moncks Corner voters will vote at Moncks Corner Town Hall.
Those with questions about which town council or city council district they are in may go to scvotes.org to check.
For more election coverage, go to postandcourier.com/politics.
3 local elections to watch
Dorchester County voters will decide a local option sales tax question that, if successful, would raise the sales tax there by 1 percent in exchange for property tax relief.
The following is a list of contested races and questions in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties.
Must a one percent sales and use tax be levied in Dorchester County for the purpose of allowing a credit against a taxpayer’s county and municipal ad valorem tax liability and for the purpose of funding county and municipal operations in the Dorchester County area? Yes/No
Mayor: Miriam C. Green, Joe Bowers.
Council (3 seats): LeeAnn Reigart, Tim Penninger, Bryan McNeal Jr., Bettye J. Simmons
Council District 2: Blake Hallman, Rodney Williams
Council District 4: Liz Fulton, Robert Mitchell
Council District 6: Benjamin D’Allesandro, Fran Clasby, Joe Good, Lauretta Lemon Dailey, William Dudley Gregorie
Council District 8: Mike Seekings, Bobbie Rose
Charleston Water System (one seat): William Koopman, Tim Mallard, Catherine LaFond
Council (2 seats): Susan S. Bishop, Brenda Davis, Kenneth R. Weatherspoon
Isle Of Palms
Mayor: Dick Cronin, Ryan Buckhannon
Mayor: Tyrone E. Aiken, Charles Duberry
Council (4 seats): Aaron Baldwin, Jim Scott, Robert J. Gannon, Tynice Geathers Roundtree, Chris Bates
Council (3 seats): Tonia Aiken-Taylor, Johna T. Bilton, Charlotte Cruppenink, Jennifer Schlette
Mayor: Joe Bustos, C. Carl Carroll Jr., George A. Freeman, Ken Glasson, Linda G. Page
Council (4 seats): Ben Bryson, Elton Carrier, Paul S. Gawrych, Timm Gipe, Anthony Kowbeidu, Gary Santos, Mark Smith, Joseph Wren
Waterworks Commission (2 seats): John Burn, Alys Campaigne, Rick Crosby, Dolph Rodenberg
Mayor: Terry Ahearn, John DuBois
Council (4 seats): Glenda L. Miller, John Turner, John Gregg, Ronald J. Ciancio, Donald Romano, Kimber Smith
Council District 3: Water Bailey, John C. Hinson
A five-way race in Mount Pleasant to decide who will be the town’s next mayor, as Mayor Billy Swails opted against a re-election bid.
Four of 12 Charleston City Council members face opposition.
3 other races to watch
The Virginia gubernatorial race pitting Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe is the closest of the nation’s high-profile races.
Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — also a potential 2016 presidential contender — faces a re-election battle in a state that normally leans Democratic.
A Democrat is expected to win the New York City mayor’s race for the first time since 1989, as Bill de Blasio has a big poll lead over Republican Joe Lhota.
Locally, the weather shouldn’t discourage voters: The forecast calls for highs in the high 60s and only a slight chance of rain.
If none of Mount Pleasant’s five mayoral candidates gets more than 50 percent of the vote, a runoff will be held Nov. 19 between the top two vote-getters. Runoffs also are possible in other races, such as the five-way Charleston City Council District 6 contest.
Other municipalities with elections include Awendaw, the Isle of Palms, Lincolnville, Seabrook Island, McClellanville, Moncks Corner, Ravenel, Summerville and Harleyville.
Reach Robert Behre at 937-5771.