Polling place changes for more than 100,000 potential voters in Greenville Co.

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – Greenville County released information Thursday about several temporary polling places to be set up for upcoming special elections.

According to the release, there will be 45 temporary polling locations set up, which could affect more than 100,000 potential voters.

The polling locations usually held in schools will not be available, according to the release. There will also be a few polling places that will not be available due to construction or other conflicts.

When it comes to heading to the polls on Tuesday, voters have some specific things they’ll be looking for in a candidate.

“Transparency, involving the community, it can’t be a branch apart,” county resident Robert Collins said.

“I want to pick somebody who I feel like is going to hold themselves, and the office that they hold, and all the people in it to a higher standard,” county resident Kim Jones said.

To cast those votes, they’ll have to pay attention where to go.

“With this being a school day, we do not have access to the schools for voting purposes,” County Elections director Conway Belangia said.

He says this presents an unusual situation.

“We’ve not had a special election for sheriff in the 28 years I’ve been here,” Belangia said.

Out of the 151 polling places across the county, they’ve had to move about a third of them.

“We’ve had to relocate the voters who are supposed to be voting at these schools,” Belangia said.

He says tens of thousands of voters could be affected, and people should double check their polling places ahead of time.

“They need to check these websites, especially where they know that there is a school involved where they normally vote,” Belangia said.

Greenville County voters are tuned in and ready to move forward with a new sheriff in town.

“I don’t know if they feel any particular pressure or not. I think whoever steps into the job has to earn trust again so the job is harder for the person coming in because of what’s happened,” Collins said

“I think it’s going to be a work in progress, i think it’s going to be a long time before the people of Greenville County to get that trust back,” Jones said.

The temporary polling places will be set up for the following elections:

  • January 7 – Republican Primary for Greenville County Sheriff
  • February 29 – Democratic Party Presidential Preference Primary
  • March 10 – Special Election for Greenville County Sheriff

The polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on election days.

Click here to see all of the polling locations and changes.

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