Absentee voting available in Lake City, Johnsonville
FLORENCE, S.C. – Southern Florence County residents now have more opportunities to vote early in the 2018 general election.
In a news conference Wednesday morning, State Rep. Terry Alexander announced that absentee voting would be available at the Johnsonville Public Library and at the Lake City Public Library from Oct. 29 to Nov. 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Absentee voting continues to be available at the Florence County Election Commission office.
“Voters in those areas will be able to vote absentee, which will allow you to avoid the long-distance travel to the city of Florence to do so,” Alexander said. “There are considerations of expanding more absentee voting locations for the 2020 election cycle. Let’s make these new locations work!”
The Johnsonville Public Library is at 242 S. Georgetown Highway. The Lake City Public Library is at 221 E. Main St.
Alexander also said that those who voted in Florence Precinct 3, the Beck Center which is the old Carver Elementary School, will be voting at the Thelma Brown Head Start Center in November. The Thelma Brown Head Start Center is at 304 N Alexander St.
In the primary election, Florence Precinct 3 voted at Carver Elementary School on North Cashua Drive.
Carver Elementary also hosted the precinct normally at the Florence County during the primary election.
“This was very confusing, to say the least, and more importantly, inconvenient for all involved,” Alexander said. “Voters had to leave their assigned precincts to vote. Somewhat suppressive to voters, I would think.”
LaShonda NeSmith-Jackson, chairwoman of the Florence County Democratic Party, also spoke at the press conference to encourage people to check the status of their registration, get registered before the deadline of Oct. 17, and vote on Nov. 6.
She and Florence City Councilwoman Pat Gibson-Hye Moore offered their phone numbers to assist those who need assistance to get to the polls. NeSmith-Jackson’s phone number is 843-617-1000 and Gibson-Hye Moore’s is 843-472-9420.
“Please register to vote and make sure to have all your paperwork when you do go to vote,” Mattie Thomas said. “They offer you voter ID at Florence location and I suggest you get it.”
Suzanne La Rochelle of Action Together Pee Dee asked the community to make sure that everyone including neighbors was registered to vote.
“Just remember, your vote is your power,” Florence County Councilwoman Teresa Myers Ervin said.
Alexander represents House District 59, which includes a portion of northern Florence County and eastern Darlington County. He has served as the representative from that district since 2008.
For more information on voter registration or the election, call the Florence County Election Commission at 843-665-3094 or visit SCvotes.org.