Polls open across SC for 2014 election

Polls open across SC for 2014 election
Source: AP

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC/AP) - Dozens of local and state races will be decided Tuesday as South Carolina citizens hit the polls on Election Day.

Republican Gov. Nikki Haley hopes voters will award her a second term, while Democratic state Sen. Vincent Sheheen is trying to pull off an upset.

The rematch between the two is expected to be the biggest draw for voters in a campaign season that's seen few surprises.

Tuesday's ballot also features 10 other statewide offices, including U.S. Senate; congressional and state House races; two constitutional questions; and a host of local elections.

Haley beat Sheheen by 4.5 percentage points in 2010. The 42-year-old daughter of Indian immigrants made history as South Carolina's first female and first minority governor.

Ballots will include two questions that could result in changes to South Carolina's Constitution.

The first question asks voters to decide whether nonprofit organizations should be allowed to hold a limited number of charity raffles. At present, the only legal raffle allowed in South Carolina is the state lottery.

The second question asks voters to consider whether the governor should appoint the state's adjutant general. South Carolina is the only state in the nation where the head of the state's National Guard and its military department is chosen by popular ballot.

On the local level, voters in Berkeley, Georgetown and Charleston Counties will be deciding on a penny tax.

In Berkeley County, the tax will fund several road projects, while Georgetown's penny tax will go towards road improvements, dredging, and fire and rescue services.

Charleston County voters will decide on an extension of the one cent sales tax. Expected to raise $500 million, the money would go towards funding 35 school construction and renovation projects. If passed, the current sales tax, which is good through 2016, would be extended through 2022.

Voters will also be asked to raise property taxes in Charleston County in order to fund new libraries and renovate old ones.

How to vote

Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Anyone in line by 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote. To find out where you need to go to vote, check your voting registration card or click here.

In order to be allowed to vote, you must bring one of the following forms of photo ID: SC Driver's License, ID card issued by the SCDMV, SC Voter Registration Card with photo, Federal Military ID, or US Passport.

Voters who run into problems at the polls can call 866-OUR-VOTE for nonpartisan help Tuesday on a hotline coordinated by the Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights Under the Law.

For more information, click here.

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