Anderson Co. election officials open more absentee locations ahead of June 9 primaries, June 23 runoffs


ANDERSON COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Anderson County Registration and Elections officials announced that they would be opening more absentee satellite locations in order to provide a safer environment for those wishing to vote absentee in the scheduled June 9 statewide primaries and June 23 runoffs.

According to the release, the locations will open around the county on specific days and times in an effort to give voters more location options and time to vote.

Officials said the plan consists of opening four absentee voting locations on specific days and times.

Those four locations are divided into four quadrants: North, South, East and West

  • Northern and South Quadrant Locations – Open Tuesday, May 12, and Wednesday, May 13 – 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m.
    • Powdersville Library – 4 Civic Court, Powdersville
    • Starr Fire Department – 7715 Hwy 81 S, Starr
  • Western and Eastern Quadrant Locations – Open Thursday, May 14, and Friday, May 15 – 9 a.m. -12 p.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m.
    • Anderson Sports and Entertainment Center, 3027 Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd, Anderson
    • Belton Recreation, 700 Blue Ridge Ave., Belton

According to the release, each satellite location will be staffed with two members from the Board of Elections and two election workers from the area. The teams will also be working in shifts.

Officials said the gap in between shifts will allow for cleaning and sanitizing of the equipment during each shift.

“Our hope is by providing more options of absentee voting locations and times that we may limit the threat of exposure to COVID-19 for workers and voters,” Katy Smith, director of Anderson County Registration and Elections, said.

Voting absentee

  • Those who qualify are urged to vote absentee as soon as possible
  • If voting absentee by mail, apply now. Call 864-260-4035, email
  • Qualifications include:
    • Being 65 or older
    • Having a disability (includes illness and injury)
    • Attending a sick or disabled person
    • For more information, click here.

When voting, voters should make sure they:

  • Are registered to vote, and your address is up to date – Check you registration and address info here.
  • Bring your Photo ID, or voter registration card
  • Check your polling place at before heading to the polls
  • Wearing a protective mask if you have one
  • Bring your own pen for signing the poll list
  • Practice social distancing by spacing yourself at least six feet apart from other
  • Be patient

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