What you need to know for the May 7 elections

  • Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Homemade signs endorsing a write-in campaign for current Sullivan's Island Mayor Carl Smith are all over the island. Mike Perkis, present mayor pro tem, is the only registered candidate seeking the mayor position on the official ballot. STAFF PHOTO BY TYLER HEFFERNAN

Election time can be confusing, even besides choosing between candidates. So, let's try to minimize confusion.

There are two elections of interest to East Cooper residents: the 1st Congressional District Special Election and the municipal election for Sullivan's Island Town Council.

The congressional race is between Republican Mark Sanford and Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch. Green party member Eugene Platt is also listed on a sample ballot by the Charleston County Board of Elections and Voter Registration (BEVR) office.

In Sullivan's Island, residents will vote for a mayor and three town council seats. Mike Perkis, current mayor pro tem, is the only registered candidate running for mayor, but at least a portion of island voters are planning to write in current mayor Carl Smith's name on the ballot.

Chauncey Clark, Bill Matthews, Susan Middaugh and Pat O'Neil are all running for three vacant council seats. O'Neil is the only incumbent.

A Sullivan's Island town ordinance allows political signs to be posted in yards up to two weeks before an election and mandates that all signs must be removed within one week of the election, according to the town's e-newsletter. That would make Tuesday, May 14 as the date for sign removal.

Polls at Sunrise Presbyterian Church, on 3222 Middle Street, will be open from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Tuesday for registered voters.

Island residents wishing to vote in both elections – congressional and municipal – have to check in to two different lines. Poll workers from the area and representatives from Charleston County will be available for assistance. Prior to Tuesday, questions should be directed to the BEVR at 744-VOTE.

Both elections require photo identification prior to filling out a ballot. A South Carolina driver's license, ID card issued by S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles, S.C. voter registration card with photo, federal military ID and a U.S. passport are all suffice for photo identification. Voters only need to present one of these. To view the entire list of Charleston County precincts and polling places, click here.

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