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With deadline days away, mobile unit will help voters get registered

Published: Sep. 30, 2021 at 5:21 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 30, 2021 at 7:26 AM EDT
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HOLLYWOOD, S.C. (WCSC) - Charleston County’s Board of Elections and Voter Registration is partnering with the Charleston County Public Library to make it easier for folks in the area to register ahead of the deadline this weekend.

While in-person registration must be completed by Friday at 5 p.m. statewide, people can still register online until 11:59 p.m. Sunday to vote for the upcoming municipal elections in November.

If you live outside of Charleston County, you can find your county’s voter registration office for specific details on deadlines.

Charleston County will operate a mobile unit at the St. Paul’s Hollywood Library to help people complete the process. The mobile unit will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Charleston County Board of Elections Executive Director Isaac Cramer says it can take less than five minutes to register to vote. After residents fill out a paper application, staff will print their voter registration card on site. They will also get the chance to see the equipment they will use to vote on Nov. 2′s municipal elections.

“Really, we want to make it as simple as possible,” Cramer says. “Because, honestly voting, there’s a lot of misinformation around it right now and our goal is to build trust and transparency in the election process. So, my staff, we’re all equipped to just answer those questions that you have and walk you through the voting process in Charleston County.”

Once a voter completes the registration process, it is permanent unless the voter moves to a different county or state, Cramer says.

He says it is important to the Charleston County Board of Elections to bring this mobile office to people, so staff is present in the community and available to answer questions about the voting process.

“We want our voters in the rural parts of the county and those who have a great drive to our office to know that they matter and that they’re important and that they don’t have to jump through hurdles to make sure they can vote or to get their information up to date in the system,” Cramer said.

There are approximately 313,000 registered voters in Charleston County, and county election officials estimate that represents about 75 percent of county residents who are eligible to register.

For those who can’t make it to Thursday’s mobile unit, another will be set up at the Baxter-Patrick James Island Library Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

People who mail in their voter registration must have it postmarked by Monday.

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