Today is S.C. Primary day

June 11, 2012 

It’s been a rough road to today’s primary elections, with more than 200 candidates dropped from ballots, a flurry of court appeals and confusion among residents.

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Know before you vote

When to vote: Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Where to vote: Check our updated list of polling places at thestate.com; some polling places are not open during today’s primary.

What to take to the polls: You must have one of the following to vote Tuesday: voter registration card, driver’s license or a DMV-issued ID card. If you registered to vote by mail, are voting for the first time and did not submit proof of identification with your application, you may not vote with only your voter registration card. Additional identification, such as a driver’s license, will be required.

What to leave home: Hats, shirts, pins and other paraphernalia that endorse a candidate. You cannot wear these within 200 feet of any polling place entrance. This law applies to posters, pamphlets, brochures, signs, buttons, hats, T-shirts, etc. Voters with campaign material will not be turned away, but will be asked to remove the material, cover the material, or otherwise cause the material not to be seen before being allowed to vote.

3 races to watch

Among the handful of contested races still on the ballot in the Midlands, here are three to watch:

Senate 18: Sen. Ronnie Cromer is seeking re-election — to a very different district. The senator’s Newberry district was redrawn so it now includes a majority of Lexington County residents. That has prompted a slew of GOP challengers, including former Lexington County GOP chairman Rich Bolen, former television anchor Kara Gormley-Meador and retired engineer Alan Hunter.

Senate 20: Two Democrats — Robert Rikard, an attorney, and Norman Jackson, a Richland County Council member — are vying to run in November’s election to unseat John Courson, one of the state Senate’s most powerful Republicans.

House 41: Democratic Rep. Boyd Brown is not seeking re-election, creating a crowded field of five Democrats hoping to represent this rural, Midlands district that covers all of Fairfield County and parts of Chester and Richland counties.

Contributing: Staff reports, S.C. Election Commission

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