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Election 2014 Dates and Links
  • 4/11 - N.C. Voter registration ends
  • 5/6 - N.C. Primary Election
  • ncsbe.gov
  • 5/10 - S.C. Voter registration ends
  • 6/10 - S.C. Primary Election
  • scvotes.org

SC Photo ID Law is in effect

To cast your ballot at a polling location you must have ONE of the following five forms of photo ID:

  1. SC Drivers License
  2. SC ID issued from the DMV
  3. Military ID which also includes a VA benefits ID
  4. US Passport

All of the above must be current and not expired. IF you have one of the above 4 forms of ID you are ready to cast your ballot.

IF you do not have one of the above 4 forms, you will need a voter registration card with your photo. These can be obtained at no charge from the Spartanburg County Voter Registration Office.

If you do not have any of the above listed 5 forms, then you will still be allowed to vote using a paper ballot and signing an affidavit stating a reason why you do not have a photo ID. Remember to update your address if you have moved.

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  • SC GOP threatens to sue Haley's former primary foe

    SC GOP threatens to sue Haley's former primary foe

    The South Carolina Republican Party wants former GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Ervin to stop calling himself an independent Republican.
    The South Carolina Republican Party wants former GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Ervin to stop calling himself an independent Republican.
  • Campaign 2016: Texas Gov. Perry says he needs prep

    Campaign 2016: Texas Gov. Perry says he needs prep

    Thursday, April 24 2014 9:25 AM EDT2014-04-24 13:25:20 GMT
    Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he'll need more preparation if he runs for president again in 2016.
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he'll need more preparation if he runs for president again in 2016.
  • NC early voting begins for May 6 primary election

    NC early voting begins for May 6 primary election

    Polls are opening in all 100 counties so people can vote in person before the May 6 primary day in North Carolina.
    Polls are opening in all 100 counties so people can vote in person before the May 6 primary day in North Carolina.
  • Fact Check: Haley Ads on Jobs and Economic Development

    Fact Check: Haley Ads on Jobs and Economic Development

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:20 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:20:58 GMT
    Gov. Nikki Haley just started airing two new television ads in her reelection campaign for governor, both focused on jobs and economic development.
    Gov. Nikki Haley just started airing two new television ads in her reelection campaign for governor, both focused on jobs and economic development.
  • Second Republican NC Senate debate is Wednesday

    Second Republican NC Senate debate is Wednesday

    The four leading candidates for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in North Carolina are back on television for a second straight night.
    The four leading candidates for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in North Carolina are back on television for a second straight night.
  • Belton Elects New Mayor

    Belton Elects New Mayor

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 10:23 PM EDT2014-04-23 02:23:13 GMT
    Belton elects new mayor.Belton elects new mayor.
    Wendell Page receives 298 votes to Marian Nickels, 165 to be their new mayor of Belton.
    Wendell Page receives 298 votes to Marian Nickels, 165 to be their new mayor of Belton.
  • State Senator Wants DSS Director Fired; Governor Refuses

    State Senator Wants DSS Director Fired; Governor Refuses

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 6:12 PM EDT2014-04-22 22:12:23 GMT
    Sen. Joel Lourie goes over laws he says DSS is breaking.Sen. Joel Lourie goes over laws he says DSS is breaking.
    State Sen. Joel Lourie, D-Columbia, wants Gov. Nikki Haley to fire Department of Social Services Director Lillian Koller because he says the agency is breaking four state laws.
    State Sen. Joel Lourie, D-Columbia, wants Gov. Nikki Haley to fire Department of Social Services Director Lillian Koller because he says the agency is breaking four state laws.
  • SC's top military man begins re-election campaign

    SC's top military man begins re-election campaign

    The state's top military officer says he's worked four years to make the South Carolina National Guard one of the nation's premier military organizations, and he wants to keep it that way.
    The state's top military officer says he's worked four years to make the South Carolina National Guard one of the nation's premier military organizations, and he wants to keep it that way.
  • Gingrich endorses Atwater for SC schools' chief

    Gingrich endorses Atwater for SC schools' chief

    Former presidential candidate and U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich has endorsed Sally Atwater for South Carolina Superintendent of Education.
    Former presidential candidate and U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich has endorsed Sally Atwater for South Carolina Superintendent of Education.
  • Fact Check: RGA Ad Slams Sheheen’s Legal Work

    Fact Check: RGA Ad Slams Sheheen’s Legal Work

    Monday, April 21 2014 6:12 PM EDT2014-04-21 22:12:18 GMT
    The national Republican Governors Association is going after South Carolina Democratic candidate Vincent Sheheen with a new TV ad that criticizes his work as a lawyer. Are the claims true?
    The national Republican Governors Association is going after South Carolina Democratic candidate Vincent Sheheen with a new TV ad that criticizes his work as a lawyer. Are the claims true?
  • Fact Checking Candidates

    Fact Checking Candidates

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:06:46 GMT
    USC political science professor discusses campaign finances. USC political science professor discusses campaign finances.
    Richard Cash claims to have the most cash on hand in comparison to his opponents.
    Richard Cash claims to have the most cash on hand in comparison to his opponents.
  • SC congressmen well-heeled for midterm elections

    SC congressmen well-heeled for midterm elections

    South Carolina's seven congressmen have more than $3 million combined in their campaign accounts heading into this year's elections.
    South Carolina's seven congressmen have more than $3 million combined in their campaign accounts heading into this year's elections.
  • Latest Winthrop Poll Has Good News For Graham

    Latest Winthrop Poll Has Good News For Graham

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 1:12 PM EDT2014-04-16 17:12:58 GMT
    Winthrop Poll 2014Winthrop Poll 2014
    Lindsey Graham's approval rating is up 3.1% among South Carolinians, that's according to the latest Winthrop Poll. The poll surveyed 877 adults from April 6 to 13th of this year. Since October 2013, Graham's approval is up. Meanwhile, Senator Tim Scott, facing his first election for the senate has an approval rating of 43.1%.
    Lindsey Graham's approval rating is up 3.1% among South Carolinians, that's according to the latest Winthrop Poll. The poll surveyed 877 adults from April 6 to 13th of this year. Since October 2013, Graham's approval is up. Meanwhile, Senator Tim Scott, facing his first election for the senate has an approval rating of 43.1%.
  • 5 primary challengers to Sen. Graham to debate

    5 primary challengers to Sen. Graham to debate

    Five of the six Republicans running against U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham are meeting in a debate in Aiken.
    Five of the six Republicans running against U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham are meeting in a debate in Aiken.
  • Democrats to remove Bethune from House 64 primary

    Democrats to remove Bethune from House 64 primary

    The South Carolina Democratic Party says it is taking steps to remove Willie Lee Bethune from the June House District 64 primary after his conviction for Medicaid fraud.
    The South Carolina Democratic Party says it is taking steps to remove Willie Lee Bethune from the June House District 64 primary after his conviction for Medicaid fraud.
  • Department of Corrections Working on Plan to Fix the System

    Department of Corrections Working on Plan to Fix the System

    Monday, April 14 2014 5:31 PM EDT2014-04-14 21:31:43 GMT
    Department of Corrections will present a plan to the legislature to address issues in the system. Department of Corrections will present a plan to the legislature to address issues in the system.
    The Department of Corrections needs funds to fix problems in the system.
    The Department of Corrections needs funds to fix problems in the system.
  • New Website Wants Your Opinion of SC Roads

    New Website Wants Your Opinion of SC Roads

    Friday, April 11 2014 5:44 PM EDT2014-04-11 21:44:46 GMT
    A new website is asking for your opinion on the condition of South Carolina roads and bridges and will pass your thoughts along to state lawmakers in hopes they’ll take action.
    A new website is asking for your opinion on the condition of South Carolina roads and bridges and will pass your thoughts along to state lawmakers in hopes they’ll take action.
  • Haley's GOP opponent Ervin withdraws from primary

    Haley's GOP opponent Ervin withdraws from primary

    Friday, April 11 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-04-11 21:37:26 GMT
    Gov. Nikki Haley's Republican opponent says he's decided to bypass the primary and become a petition candidate in November.
    Gov. Nikki Haley's Republican opponent says he's decided to bypass the primary and become a petition candidate in November.
  • SC Legislature Approves Bill To Drop Exit Exam As Must For Graduation

    SC Legislature Approves Bill To Drop Exit Exam As Must For Graduation

    Thursday, April 10 2014 6:45 PM EDT2014-04-10 22:45:32 GMT
    State lawmakers gave final approve to bill that would eliminate high school exit exams.State lawmakers gave final approve to bill that would eliminate high school exit exams.

    The bill that would end a three-decade-old requirement that high school students must pass an exit exam to graduate is now headed to Gov. Haley’s desk.

    The bill that would end a three-decade-old requirement that high school students must pass an exit exam to graduate is now headed to Gov. Haley’s desk.

  • SC House and Senate Pass Very Different Bills on Distracted Driving

    SC House and Senate Pass Very Different Bills on Distracted Driving

    Thursday, April 10 2014 6:21 PM EDT2014-04-10 22:21:42 GMT
    The House bill would ban texting and driving in SC.The House bill would ban texting and driving in SC.
    The South Carolina House and Senate each passed different bills Thursday aimed at reducing distracted driving, setting up a showdown over which, if either, becomes law.
    The South Carolina House and Senate each passed different bills Thursday aimed at reducing distracted driving, setting up a showdown over which, if either, becomes law.
  • SC Democrats Will Ask Voters’ Opinions on Medical Marijuana

    SC Democrats Will Ask Voters’ Opinions on Medical Marijuana

    Wednesday, April 9 2014 6:43 PM EDT2014-04-09 22:43:02 GMT
    Gail Patterson talks about her son, who died after an epileptic seizure she's convinced would have been prevented by medical marijuana.Gail Patterson talks about her son, who died after an epileptic seizure she's convinced would have been prevented by medical marijuana.
    South Carolina House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford, D-Columbia, announced Wednesday that the state Democratic Party will have a referendum question on the party’s June primary ballot asking voters whether they favor legalizing medical marijuana. He made the announcement at a news conference to push a bill he’s sponsoring that would do that.
    South Carolina House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford, D-Columbia, announced Wednesday that the state Democratic Party will have a referendum question on the party’s June primary ballot asking voters whether they favor legalizing medical marijuana. He made the announcement at a news conference to push a bill he’s sponsoring that would do that.
  • Bill Would Prohibit SC Colleges from Using Lottery Money on Buildings

    Bill Would Prohibit SC Colleges from Using Lottery Money on Buildings

    Tuesday, April 8 2014 6:17 PM EDT2014-04-08 22:17:15 GMT
    The House Ways & Means Committee passed the Bill Tuesday afternoon.The House Ways & Means Committee passed the Bill Tuesday afternoon.
    It probably comes as a surprise to most South Carolinians who think state lottery money is for improving K-12 schools and providing college scholarships, but lottery money can be used on buildings or maintenance. A bill to prohibit that passed a House committee Tuesday afternoon and is now headed to the full House.
    It probably comes as a surprise to most South Carolinians who think state lottery money is for improving K-12 schools and providing college scholarships, but lottery money can be used on buildings or maintenance. A bill to prohibit that passed a House committee Tuesday afternoon and is now headed to the full House.
  • Bill to Raise Money for SC Roads Hitting Calendar & Opposition Roadblocks

    Bill to Raise Money for SC Roads Hitting Calendar & Opposition Roadblocks

    Monday, April 7 2014 6:34 PM EDT2014-04-07 22:34:10 GMT
    A bill aimed at generating more money for South Carolina’s crumbling roads and bridges is running into procedural problems and running out of time at the Statehouse.
    A bill aimed at generating more money for South Carolina’s crumbling roads and bridges is running into procedural problems and running out of time at the Statehouse.
  • Still No Consistent Computer Security Plan at SC Agencies

    Still No Consistent Computer Security Plan at SC Agencies

    Thursday, April 3 2014 9:33 AM EDT2014-04-03 13:33:08 GMT
    Despite all the attention on computer security in South Carolina after a breach at the state Department of Revenue in 2012, state agencies still aren’t following a consistent computer security plan. A hacker got into the DOR computer system and stole the private information of more than six million taxpayers almost 18 months ago.
    Despite all the attention on computer security in South Carolina after a breach at the state Department of Revenue in 2012, state agencies still aren’t following a consistent computer security plan. A hacker got into the DOR computer system and stole the private information of more than six million taxpayers almost 18 months ago.
  • SC Senate Debating Holding Back Students Not Reading at Grade Level

    SC Senate Debating Holding Back Students Not Reading at Grade Level

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 6:32 PM EDT2014-04-01 22:32:17 GMT
    The bill would hold students back who aren't reading at grade level at the end of 3rd grade.The bill would hold students back who aren't reading at grade level at the end of 3rd grade.
    The South Carolina Senate debated a bill Tuesday that would hold back students who aren’t reading at grade level at the end of third grade.
    The South Carolina Senate debated a bill Tuesday that would hold back students who aren’t reading at grade level at the end of third grade.
  • SC Bill Advances Requiring You to be Notified of Computer Security Breaches

    SC Bill Advances Requiring You to be Notified of Computer Security Breaches

    Thursday, March 27 2014 6:40 PM EDT2014-03-27 22:40:52 GMT
    The state is providing ID theft protection through CSID after the DOR hacking.The state is providing ID theft protection through CSID after the DOR hacking.
    A bill that would require state agencies and private businesses to notify victims of computer security breaches advanced Thursday at the Statehouse. Sen. Wes Hayes, R-Rock Hill, says he filed it because of the security breach two years ago at the state Department of Revenue and other recent computer attacks, like the one that hit Target and its customers.
    A bill that would require state agencies and private businesses to notify victims of computer security breaches advanced Thursday at the Statehouse. Sen. Wes Hayes, R-Rock Hill, says he filed it because of the security breach two years ago at the state Department of Revenue and other recent computer attacks, like the one that hit Target and its customers.
  • Haley Raised Over $5 Million For Re-election Bid

    Haley Raised Over $5 Million For Re-election Bid

    Monday, January 13 2014 6:32 AM EST2014-01-13 11:32:13 GMT
    Gov. Nikki Haley has raised more than $5 million in her bid to win a second term as South Carolina's chief executive, taking in more than $757,000 in the last three months of 2013. Gov. Nikki Haley has raised more than $5 million in her bid to win a second term as South Carolina's chief executive, taking in more than $757,000 in the last three months of 2013.
    Gov. Nikki Haley has raised more than $5 million in her bid to win a second term as South Carolina's chief executive, taking in more than $757,000 in the last three months of 2013.
    Gov. Nikki Haley has raised more than $5 million in her bid to win a second term as South Carolina's chief executive, taking in more than $757,000 in the last three months of 2013.
  • Report: Obama To Speak At NC State During Visit

    Report: Obama To Speak At NC State During Visit

    Sunday, January 12 2014 11:08 AM EST2014-01-12 16:08:19 GMT
    Officials say President Barack Obama is speaking at North Carolina State University when he visits the state next week. Officials say President Barack Obama is speaking at North Carolina State University when he visits the state next week.
    Officials say President Barack Obama is speaking at North Carolina State University when he visits the state next week.
    Officials say President Barack Obama is speaking at North Carolina State University when he visits the state next week.
  • U.S. Sells Final Shares On General Motors

    U.S. Sells Final Shares On General Motors

    Tuesday, January 7 2014 7:34 AM EST2014-01-07 12:34:00 GMT
    DETROIT (AP) - The U.S. government ended up losing $10.5 billion on theGeneral Motors bailout, but it says the alternative would have been far worse. The Treasury Department sold its final shares of the Detroit auto giant on Monday, recovering $39 billion of the $49.5 billion it spent to save the dying automaker at the height of the financial crisis five years ago. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says that without the bailout, the country would have lost more than a million jobs, and the econo...
    DETROIT (AP) - The U.S. government ended up losing $10.5 billion on theGeneral Motors bailout, but it says the alternative would have been far worse. The Treasury Department sold its final shares of the Detroit auto giant on Monday, recovering $39 billion of the $49.5 billion it spent to save the dying automaker at the height of the financial crisis five years ago. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says that without the bailout, the country would have lost more than a million jobs, and the econo...
  • Upstate SC City and County Elections 2013

    Upstate SC City and County Elections 2013

    Tuesday, November 5 2013 5:41 PM EST2013-11-05 22:41:58 GMT
    View municipal and county election for Upstate SC races.
    View municipal and county election for Upstate SC races.
  • Restaurant Report Cards: Can You Trust The Inspection Score?

    Restaurant Report Cards: Can You Trust The Inspection Score?

    Friday, June 28 2013 4:33 PM EDT2013-06-28 20:33:50 GMT
    Can You Trust The Inspection Score?Can You Trust The Inspection Score?
    7 On Your Side Investigation shows some restaurants maintain "A" rating even after investigators find unsafe or unsanitary conditions.
    The investigation showed some places earn "A"s with what the state calls "Critical Risk" factors, including potentially unsafe food.
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  • The New Look of Local News - Tonight At 5

    The New Look of Local News - Tonight At 5

    Tune in Thursday evening for the big reveal of our new news set. Watch at 5 p.m. to see what it looks like and what we can do with it. Then stay tuned throughout the night as we show it off.
    Tune in Thursday evening for the big reveal of our new news set. Watch at 5 p.m. to see what it looks like and what we can do with it. Then stay tuned throughout the night as we show it off.
  • Inman Man Arrested For Hitting Ex After Anger Management Class

    Inman Man Arrested For Hitting Ex After Anger Management Class

    Thursday, April 24 2014 2:18 PM EDT2014-04-24 18:18:35 GMT
    Johnny Wilkins, 42, of Inman Johnny Wilkins, 42, of Inman
    According to an incident report, Johnny Wilkins, 42, of Inman was taken into custody and charged with criminal domestic violence Wednesday evening.
    According to an incident report, Johnny Wilkins, 42, of Inman was taken into custody and charged with criminal domestic violence Wednesday evening.
  • Help Needed To Find Robert Price, Missing Easley Man

    Help Needed To Find Robert Price, Missing Easley Man

    Thursday, April 24 2014 11:25 AM EDT2014-04-24 15:25:40 GMT
    Robert Moore PriceRobert Moore Price
    The Pickens County Sheriff's Office is asking for help to find a missing man from Easley. Robert Moore Price, 81, hasn't been heard from since a phone conversation around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday when he advised a family member he was lost and might be at an unknown address in Georgia.
    The Pickens County Sheriff's Office is asking for help to find a missing man from Easley. Robert Moore Price, 81, hasn't been heard from since a phone conversation around 10:15 p.m. Wednesday when he advised a family member he was lost and might be at an unknown address in Georgia.
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