Saturday is the deadline to register to vote in the June 10 primaries, and while local voter registration offices don't plan to open that day, people have several last-minute options to sign up.
Local voter registration offices
Berkeley County: 6 Belt Drive in Moncks Corner. 719-4056 (Moncks Corner) or 723-3800, ext. 4056
Charleston County: 3691 Leeds Ave., corner of Leeds and Azalea avenues, 744-8683
Dorchester County: 201 Johnston St. in St. George; 563-0132; and 500 Main St. in Summerville, 832-0071
State Election Commission website: scvotes.org
Also, South Carolina law allows 17-year olds to register to vote - and cast ballots in the June 10 primaries - as long as they will turn 18 by the Nov. 4 general election date.
Across South Carolina, approximately 77 percent of eligible voters already have registered, according to State Election Commission data and U.S. Census Bureau estimates.
In Charleston County, about 83 percent of eligible voters are on the books.
Joe Debney, director of the Charleston County Board of Elections and Voter Registration, said he wasn't sure exactly why registration here is above the state average, but he noted: "We have done over 13 voter registration outreach events this year. We're going all over the county."
The percent of eligible voters who are registered in Berkeley and Dorchester counties is about 72 percent and 81 percent, respectively.
Those wishing to register may go online at scvotes.org. If they already have a driver's license, they can complete their registration online. If they don't, they can print out the form and mail it in, though it must be postmarked by Saturday in order to qualify them for the June primaries. Forms also are available at state government offices, such as the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Online registration was first offered in South Carolina in October 2012, and it's proving popular, State Election Commission spokesman Chris Whitmire said. "It's already overtaken in-office voter registration," he said.
Whitmire noted that South Carolina voters who have moved to a new county must re-register in their new county, "or else they won't be eligible."
Reach Robert Behre at 937-5771.
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