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Voters exit the polling place at Bethany United Methodist Church in Summerville on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 after voting in the primary election. Kathryn Ziesig/Staff

Tens of thousands of voters statewide will return to the polls Tuesday for runoffs to settle the November ballot. Even if you did not vote two weeks ago, you can today.

The law for runoffs is this: 

Voters who took part in the original June 12 primaries are limited to voting in the same party’s runoff.

That means if you voted in Democratic Party races, you can only vote Democratic on Tuesday. Same rule if you voted for Republican candidates two weeks ago.

If you did not vote two weeks ago in either primary, you are still eligible to participate Tuesday in either the Republican or Democratic votes — but not in both.

For Republicans today

Republicans have the only statewide nominating races to be settled. There are runoffs for the nomination for governor between Gov. Henry McMaster and John Warren, and for attorney general, between incumbent Alan Wilson and challenger Todd Atwater.

One congressional level GOP race is being settled. In the House District 4 race anchored in Greenville and Spartanburg, Lee Bright and William Timmons will duel for the nomination to succeed retiring Rep. Trey Gowdy.

For Democrats today

There are no statewide races for Democrats to choose from, so only some voters will have a runoff to pick from.

The biggest races are nominations for seats in Congress. They include:

The 2nd Congressional District runoff between Sean Carrigan and Annabelle Robertson. The seat covers Aiken and the western part of the state and is held by incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson.

The 4th Congressional District runoff between Brandon P. Brown and Doris Lee Turner for the Greenville-Spartanburg seat being vacated with the retirement of Republican Trey Gowdy. 

The 7th Congressional District runoff between Mal Hyman and Robert Williams. The district covers Florence and Myrtle Beach and is held by Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Rice. 

Only one local Charleston race, for Republicans only

In the Charleston region, the only local runoff is the Republican race for the House District 110 nomination covering parts of downtown Charleston and Mount Pleasant.

Incumbent state Rep. William Cogswell faces challenger Russell Guerard. The winner faces Democrat Ben Pogue in November.

There are other races at various levels from around the state. Voters should check their sample ballot at  to determine if they are eligible to vote in any runoffs. Participants are urged to make sure they look at the correct ballot corresponding to their party preference.

Here's what else you need to know about voting today:

When can I vote?

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Voters standing in line when the polls close will still be able to cast a ballot.

Where do I vote?

It depends on where you live. Your voting precinct and polling place are determined by your address, and should be listed on your voter registration card. To check your voting location, visit the State Election Commission website at On the homepage, click the tab that says "Voters." Then, click "Check your voter registration." You can also contact your county voter registration office.

What should I bring?

To vote in the election, you will need one of the following forms of photo ID:

S.C. driver's license

U.S. passport

Federal military ID

S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles ID card

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S.C. voter registration card with photo

If you do not have proper photo ID but are registered to vote, you can cast a provisional ballot.

Do I have to be a member of a political party to vote in the primary?

No. The statewide primaries are open to all registered voters in South Carolina. You will, however, have to decide whether you want to vote in the Republican primary or the Democratic primary runoff when you get to the polls.

Can I vote in both primaries?

No. State law prohibits it.

Which races can I vote for today?

You can see your sample ballot by checking your voter registration at Click the "Voters" tab and select "Check your voter information." 

The winning nominees will face off on Nov. 6.

What can I expect at the polling place?

Most polling places are familiar gathering hubs such as schools and churches. On Election Day, these locations will be surrounded by a slew of campaign signs for different political races. As you near your polling place, you may find yourself shaking hands with a candidate or talking to campaign staffers. They are allowed to do that, but only within 200 feet of the entrance to a polling place.

Inside the polling place, no campaigning is allowed. Candidates must remove any campaign stickers or buttons they are wearing once they enter a polling place.

No one is allowed to intimidate voters or interfere with the election process. If this happens, alert a poll manager immediately.

When will we know who won?

That depends on how quickly election officials can tabulate the results. The Post and Courier will be covering the races all day and night. Check for results and analysis.

Reach Schuyler Kropf at 843-937-5551. Follow him on Twitter at @skropf47.

Political Editor

Schuyler Kropf is The Post and Courier political editor. He has covered every major political race in South Carolina dating to 1988, including for U.S. Senate, governorship, the Statehouse and Republican and Democratic presidential primaries.

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