Horry County Notebook | Identified at the polls

bdickerson@thesunnews.comJanuary 24, 2013 

— The Horry County Registration and Elections office is holding a public meeting to talk about the state’s new voter identification law.

That meeting will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 5 in the second-floor multi-purpose rooms at the Horry County Government and Justice Center, located at 1301 Second Ave., in Conway.

Sandy Martin, director of voter registration, said the main focus of the meeting is to tell people exactly what forms of ID are acceptable when going to the polls.

They are: a South Carolina driver’s license; a S.C. identification card issued by the state highway department; a passport; an ID issued by the federal government; or a voter ID card with a photo.

Martin added voters can cast a provisional ballot if they come to the polls without their ID. They can then bring that identification to the certification hearing to ensure their vote counts.

“We really don’t think it’s going to be a big issue here,” Martin said on residents cooperating with the new law. She added most residents here vote with a driver’s license anyway.

The state’s photo identification bill passed prior to the 2012 general election and took effect Jan. 1.

Horry County’s next election is the special April 30 vote to fill Tom Rice’s former seat as County Council chairman.

Animal care center hosting meeting about feral cat program

Horry County Animal Care Center will host one more public meeting to talk about its upcoming program that will trap, neuter and return 1,000 free-roaming cats in the Conway area.

The meeting will be held in multi-purpose room B of the Horry County Government and Justice Center, located at 1301 Second Ave., in Conway. It takes place Jan. 31 at 3 p.m.

The county’s animal care center received a $51,060 grant from PetSmart Charities for the program. The 29526 zip code in the Conway area was chosen because it was identified as the location where the most intakes of feral and free-roaming cats are brought into the center, according to a press release.

For more information, call 915-5172.

Contact reporter BRAD DICKERSON at 626-0301.

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