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Absentee voting underway in Republican primary for County Council chairman

August 17, 2017 GMT

Voters who plan to cast absentee ballots in-person for Tuesday’s Republican primary for the Aiken County Council chairman special election have until 5 p.m. Monday to make their choices.

They can vote at the Aiken County Registration and Elections Office in Suite 1200 of the Aiken County Government Center.

The office will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday. It also will be open the same hours Monday.

The phone number for the office is 803-642-2028.

The Government Center is at 1930 University Parkway.

The primary’s candidates are Gary Bunker, Andrew Siders, Chuck Smith.

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Smith, who lives in North Augusta, is a Council member who represents District 4.

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

Bunker, who lives in Aiken, is a former Council member.

No Democrats filed to run for County Council chairman.

To cast an absentee ballot in-person, a voter must have a photo ID. A S.C. driver’s license, a S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles ID card, a S.C. voter registration card with a photo, a federal military ID or a U.S. passport.

The process includes filling out an application.

To find out who qualifies to be an absentee voter, visit www.scvotes.org.

Absentee voting also can be done by mail, but time might be an issue at this point.

Information about how to get an application and cast a ballot can be found at www.scvotes.org.

The application for an absentee ballot can be returned to the Registration and Elections Office by mail, email, fax or personal delivery, but must be received by 5 p.m. Friday.

The applicant then will be sent the ballot by mail, and it must be returned to the Registration & Elections office by 7 p.m. on Tuesday.