Opening of the first advance vote SC; Example of voting site crash

By JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) — South Carolina’s first-ever early ballot for the general election began Monday without a hitch at the polls, but a state website where people go to check polling locations or get a sample of ballot paper crashed.

Technicians are working to fix the South Carolina Election Commission website at scvotes.org, agency spokesman Chris Whitmire said. In the meantime, voters can view their voting choices before going to the polls on another site.

The agency’s website is not tied to the state’s voting system, Whitmire said.

This is the first year South Carolina has allowed voters to vote in person early without having an excuse for why they can’t vote on Election Day. Polling stations are open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. until November 5.

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There were fewer polling stations open for early voting in the June primaries and only minor issues were reported.

In the last election, South Carolina allowed people to vote by mail in person, but they had to include an excuse as to why they couldn’t be at the polls on Election Day. Legislation passed this year forces South Carolina to return to mail-in ballots.

The proposal received nearly unanimous support from Democrats and Republicans in the General Assembly. It also makes voter fraud a crime, increasing fines and possible jail time for people who attempt to vote under a false name or vote more than once, or returning officers who intentionally break the law.

The law also adds new rules for members of the state election board and the executive director of the election commission, prohibiting them from taking actions that contradict state election law and making statements that discredit the rules. state elections.

South Carolina is the 45th state to allow anyone, for any reason, to vote before Election Day.

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