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Republican Primary for Aiken County Council chairman special election is Tuesday

August 22, 2017 GMT

The total eclipse of the sun is over, and Election Day is here.

Voters are heading to the polls Tuesday to choose from among three candidates in the Republican primary for the special election for Aiken County Council chairman.

Vying for the seat are Andrew Siders, Chuck Smith and Gary Bunker.

Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. in precincts throughout the county.

Siders, who lives in Aiken, is a County Council member who represents District 7. He also is serving as the Council’s interim chairman.

Siders owns an Allstate insurance agency.

Smith, who lives in North Augusta, is a County Council member who represents District 4. He operates an Edward Jones brokerage firm.

Gary Bunker, who lives in Aiken, was a Council member from 2005 through 2012 and served as vice chairman three times. He works at the Savannah River Site.

If no Council chairman candidate receives the majority of the vote in the special election, a runoff between the top two finishers will be held Sept. 5.

The general special election is scheduled for Oct. 24.

No Democrats filed to run for County Council chairman.

Cynthia Holland, Aiken County’s director of registration and elections, said that any voter who isn’t sure about his or her polling location for the primary could look up that information online at www.scvotes.org.

Voters will need to have a photo ID. The IDs that will be accepted are a South Carolina driver’s license, a South Carolina Department of Motor of Motor Vehicles ID card, a South Carolina Voter Registration Card with a photo, a federal military ID or a United States passport.