Saturday, May 17, 2014
South Carolinians turning 18 years old on or before November 4 are eligible to vote in the state's primary elections June 10. That's right. Even if they are only 17 years old today, young people can register and vote in the primaries provided they turn 18 before the general election in the fall.
South Carolina has one of the fastest-growing electorates in the country. Twenty years ago, the state ranked 50th among the states in the percentage of eligible citizens who actually voted. In recent years, we have moved way up in that category, even beating out states like California and New York.
Young people in the state can also participate in elections even if they will not be old enough to vote in the fall. South Carolina residents 16 and older are eligible to work as poll managers on Election Day and get paid for it. Local election commissions are looking for poll managers right now to work at the polls in June and again in November.