Last updated: June 06. 2014 9:13AM - 244 Views
By Kevin Boozer kboozer@civitasmedia.com



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NEWBERRY — The June 10 primary election is the first for Newberry County voters since new photo identification laws went into effect in South Carolina. According to the State Election Commission, proper identification is required to vote and state election officials remind that having i.d. on hand streamlines the process and shortens lines.


Accepted identification for registered voters includes:


• a driver’s license


• an identification card issued by the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles


• a passport


• a federal military ID


Voter registration identification is available free of charge from the DMC and a voter registration card can be obtained from the Newberry County Voter Registration Office.


Voters who do not have photo i.d. could vote using a non-photo registration card, but they would be required to sign an affidavit to explain their impediment to obtaining a Photo ID.


Redistricting may impact voters


Another reminder to voters concerns redistricting.


After the 2010 census, changes occurred all seven county districts.


Those changes may affect whom voters can vote for.


“If voters live on the edge of a district, we encourage them to double check on the map to make sure they are aware of any changes,” Clerk to Council Laurie Renwick said.


The County Council District 7 race between Travis Reeder and Tommy Zobel is the only race affected by redistricting in the 2014 Newbery County primary election.


The most recent map of county electoral districts is found at http://www.newberrycounty.net/voter/Newberry%20congressional%20map%202012.pdf.


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