Election Early Voting

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Early Voting Now in
Effect for June Primaries

COLUMBIA, SC (May 13, 2022) – Governor McMaster signed into law May 13 legislation passed by the General Assembly that establishes early voting in South Carolina.
  To help prepare for the upcoming June 14 Primaries, the State Election Commission wants voters to know all their options to vote:
  Polling Place on Election Day * Open from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  * Check your polling place at scVOTES.gov before leaving to vote.
  * Bring your Photo ID (or voter registration card if you do not have a Photo ID). Early Voting In-person absentee voting has now been replaced with a two-week early voting period. Any voter can visit an early-voting location in their county and vote like they would at their polling place on Election Day.
  * Early-voting for June Primaries:
  * Tuesday, May 31 – Friday, June 10.  Closed Saturday and Sunday, June 4 - 5. * 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.   * All County Voter Registration and Elections Offices.
  * Any additional locations will be determined by the counties no later than May 24 and posted to scVOTES.gov.
  * Early-voting for June Runoffs: * Wednesday, June 22 – Friday, June 24.
  * Same hours and locations as Primaries.
  * Bring your Photo ID (or voter registration card if you do not have a Photo ID). Absentee (By-Mail Only) Absentee voting allows qualified voters to cast a ballot by mail prior to Election Day. In-Person Absentee Voting is no longer authorized by law. 
  Qualified voters include:
  * Voters with disabilities.
  * Voters sixty-five years of age or older.   
  * Members of the Armed Forces and Merchant Marines of the United States, their spouses, and dependents residing with them.
  * Voters admitted to hospitals as emergency patients on the day of an election or within a four-day period before the election.
  * Voters who, for one of the following reasons, are unable to vote in person on any day of the early-voting period and on Election Day.
  * Employment obligations.
  * Attending sick or physically disabled persons. 
  * Confined to a jail or pretrial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial.
  * Absent from their county for any reason. 
  To vote absentee:
  * Request an absentee application by phone, mail, or in person at your county voter registration office.
  * Complete, sign and return the application to your county voter registration office by mail or in person.
  * County offices will soon begin issuing new applications based on the new requirements.
  * The old application will continue to be accepted through May 31.
  * After May 31, only new applications meeting current requirements will be accepted.
  * The deadline to return a new application is June 3.
  * You will receive your absentee ballot in the mail.
  * Vote and return your ballot to your county voter registration office by mail or in person no later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.
  * Be sure to sign the voter’s oath and have the return envelope witnessed.  There are no changes to the witness requirement in effect for the June Primaries.  Witness requirement changes in the law go into effect in July.
  * Photo ID will be required to return your ballot in person.   * Ballots returned by mail should be mailed no later than one week prior to election day to help ensure timely delivery.

Saluda School Board Summary

Saluda County School District Board of Trustees met May 16, 2022 at Saluda Middle School.
  Meeting Summary
  The meeting was also live streamed.  The Board had a 6:00 p.m. work session to discuss building projects, summer maintenance projects, ESSER funds, 8% funds, and a legislative update.
  The Board then went into Executive Session to discuss Teacher Contracts and a Contractual matter. The regular Board meeting started promptly at 7:00 p.m.
  Dr. Kathy Coleman called the meeting to order. Mr. James Holloway gave the invocation. The agenda was approved. The minutes from the May 2, 2022 Board Meeting were approved. Dr. Kathy Coleman, Chairperson; Dr. Arlene S. Puryear, Vice Chairperson; Ms. Christy Corley Nichols, Secretary; Mr. Jeffrey Jordan, Ms. Sharon Williams Holloway, Mr. James Holloway and Dr. Harvey H. Livingston III, Superintendent were all in attendance.
  Overnight Field Trips - The Board approved the FFA overnight field trip for Saluda High School.
  First Reading of Investment Earning Policy (DFA) - The Investment Earnings Policy relates to oversight of funds that the school district invests. Dr. Puryear made a motion to approve the policy. Mr. Holloway 2nd. The policy passed 6-0.
  Teacher Contracts - The Board approved 6 teacher contracts for 2022-23 school year.
  Contractual Matter - Ms. Nichols made a motion for the Board to allow the Superintendent to enter into a contract with Motto (spelling) for architectural services for facilities projects at Saluda High School. Mr. Holloway 2nd. The vote passed 6-0.
  Budget Update - Ms. Setzer gave the budget update. Local revenue is at 94%, which is ahead of expectations at this point in the school year. She indicated that it looks like we will finish the year strong financially.
  Superintendent Update
·  There are 13 days left of school.
  ·We are currently in the middle of state testing.
  ·#OneSaluda Night at the Fireflies Stadium is May 22.
  ·Graduation is Saturday, June 4th at Bettis Herlong Stadium at Mathews Field at 9:00 a.m.
  ·Congratulations to Saluda County Schools, Dr. Abbey Duggins for being named SCASA District Level Administrator of the Year.
  ·Congratulations to Saluda County Schools, Alyssa Ball, for being Saluda’s first ever Induction Teacher of the Year.
  The meeting adjourned at approximately 7:20 p. m.