Horry County: This is your last chance to register to vote for November midterms

Myrtle Beach voters braved the stormy weather to vote in the primaries on Tuesday. June, 11, 2018.
Myrtle Beach voters braved the stormy weather to vote in the primaries on Tuesday. June, 11, 2018. jlee@thesunnews.com

The 2018 midterm election is Nov. 6, and there is still time to register vote.

The South Carolina Election Commission has a portal on its website to check voter registration or to register online by Oct. 17 with a valid South Carolina driver’s license or DMV ID.

The cutoff for in-person registration and postmarked mailed-in registration also is the same day.

The deadline was extended to give people affected by Hurricane Florence more time to register, according to a Tuesday announcement from the South Carolina Election Commission.

For Horry County residents, the election commission is on Fourth Avenue in Conway next to the BB&T Bank. This office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Applications can be found at the SCVotes.org website and filled out from home.

Anyone looking to register must provide proof of identity and residency to the election commission. While a driver’s license is the main form, recent utility bills, bank bills or other official documents with your address will be sufficient.

Citizens over the age of 65 or with a disability, those serving in uniform or citizens living abroad are exempt from providing proof of residency.

You also must provide your Social Security number with the application.

If you recently moved, you’re required to change your address. If you’re completely new to the area, you can still vote as there are no restrictions on days spent at your current address.

While many of the local elections were practically decided in the June primaries and runoffs due to uncontested races, the results are not official until after the upcoming elections. Technically, a candidate could launch a write-in campaign.

Some contests for the South Carolina State House are contested. To see which contested elections you’re eligible to vote in, sample ballots can be found on SCVotes.org.

Two contested elections that affect most of the Grand Strand area are the governor’s race and United States representative race.

Incumbent Tom Rice will face challenger Robert Williams for the U.S. House District 7 seat. Gov. Henry McMaster faces challenger James Smith.