How to vote in South Carolina’s Democratic primary

South Carolina is holding open primaries, so anyone registered to vote in the state can head to the polls Saturday to participate in the first official Democratic primary of the year.

Registered Republican and independent voters who choose to vote Saturday will not have to change their party affiliation, but will not be able to vote in the Republican primary, which will be held on February 24.

However, it is too late for new voters to register for the primaries. Residents can check their registration status online by entering personal information at website of the election commission.

Polling stations in the state will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and everyone who is in line at 7 p.m. will be able to vote.

If you requested and received an absentee ballot but did not mail it in, you can deliver it yourself to your local election office by 7 p.m. You can find the address of the nearest office online here. If you’ve already submitted your absentee ballot and want to make sure it arrives before the deadline, you can track its status online here.

You can find your polling station by entering your personal data online here.

South Carolina requires voters to show ID at the polls before casting a ballot. There are several of them different types identification that election officials will accept, including driver’s licenses, passports, and voter photo IDs. If you forget to bring your photo ID, but you have a voter’s card without a photo, you can submit a provisional ballot. A provisional ballot will be counted in the election if you present a photo ID to election officials before Thursday, February 8, when the primary results will be certified.

Only three candidates will appear in Saturday’s Democratic primary: President Joe Biden and his two running mates, Representative Dean Phillips of Minnesota and self-help author Marianne Williamson. You can find a complete sample ballot online here.

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