Prepping for S.C. primaries: Polling place changes

Prepping for S.C. primaries: Polling place changes

SOUTH CAROLINA (WCSC) - The countdown to the first presidential primary grows closer, but some voters need to be aware of location changes before heading to the polls.

Dorchester County

Voters who normally vote at Givhans Alternative School (Givhans 2 precinct) will now vote at Beech Hill Elementary School (in the back bus loop). The Givhans location is still closed due to damage from the Oct. flooding.

Voters should also be aware of three other polling changes, where the Board of Elections has combined precincts for the primaries:

Trident Tech votes at Summerville Church of Christ.
Beautiful Savior Lutheran votes at Grace Lutheran.
Baptist Tabernacle votes at Coastal Center.

Everyone else will go to their regular voting location, according to Joshua Dickard, director of the Board of Voter Registration and Elections of Dorchester County. The latest precinct information can be found here.

Berkeley County

Berkeley County voters need to be aware of two temporary changes in effect for the Feb. 20 and Feb. 27 elections. Both the Alvin and St. Stephen 2 polling locations have changed.

Alvin Precinct: Alvin Rural Fire Dept. 2173 Santee River Rd.
St. Stephen 2 Precinct: St. Stephen Middle School 225 Carolina Dr.

Notification signs will be posted at both the old and new locations to alert voters, according to Adam M. Hammons, Director of Berkeley County Board of Elections. According to the board of election, voters will return to their regular polling sites for all future elections.

Charleston County

Due to the incident at the Joseph Floyd Manor earlier this week, Charleston County Board of Elections and Voter Registration has secured an alternate polling location for both of the upcoming Presidential Preference Primaries

If you are registered to vote at the Joseph Floyd Manor, you will now go to the  Charleston Charter School of Math and Science at 1002 King Street in Charleston to cast a ballot.

There will be a sign at the Joseph Floyd Manor to remind citizens of the new polling location.

Colleton County

There are no confirmed changes for Colleton County polling locations. According to Angela Upchurch, director of Voter Registration & Elections of Colleton County, some precincts were permanently combined back in Nov. 2014.

S.C. voters can choose to vote in either primary, but cannot vote in both. Republican Presidential Preference Primary will be held Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016; the Democratic Presidential Preference Primary will be held Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016.  Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Voters will be asked to provide one of the following Photo IDs at their polling place.
• S.C. Driver's License
• ID Card issued by S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles
• S.C. Voter Registration Card with Photo
• Federal Military ID
• U.S. Passport

As a reminder, voters must have been registered by Jan. 20 to vote in the Republican primary. Voter registration concluded Jan. 27 for the Democratic primary. All voters can check their voter registration online at

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