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Voters head to polls in primaries Tuesday

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By Mark Manicone

The statewide primaries are coming up Tuesday, June 12, with just a few races on Lancaster County ballots, including the governor’s race on both parties' ballots, Congressional District 5 on Democratic ballots and the attorney general and

secretary of state on Republican ballots.
Anyone can vote in the Republican or Democratic primaries, regardless of political affiliation, because South Carolina is an open primary state. You simply select the party you wish to vote in, and use that ballot to vote. Both primaries are on the same day.
All polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
If needed, runoffs will be June 26.
Races and candidates
Panhandle residents can expect to see these candidates on their ballots:
Democrat

• Governor – Marguerite Willis, James Smith, Phil Noble
• U.S. House 5th District – Archie Parnell, Steve Lough, Mark Ali, Sidney Moore

Republican

• Governor – Henry McMaster (incumbent), Catherine Templeton, John Warren, Kevin Bryant
• Attorney general – Alan Wilson (incumbent), Todd Atwater, William Herlong
• Secretary of state – Mark Hammond (incumbent), Joshua Putnam, Nelson Faerber, Kerry Wood

Referendums

Both parties also will be asking voters to weigh in on a handful of non-binding “advisory” referendums.
Democratic ballots include these questions:
• “Do you support passing a state law allowing doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to patients?”
• “Do you support passing a state law requiring the governor of South Carolina to accept all federal revenues offered to support Medicaid and Medicaid expansion efforts in the state?”
The state’s GOP ballot also poses two questions:
• “Do you believe that South Carolina’s tax code should be brought into conformity with the new Trump tax cuts in the federal tax code for maximum simplification and to lower the overall tax burden on South Carolina taxpayers and businesses?”
• “Do you believe that voters should have the option to choose to affiliate with a political party when they register to vote or change their voter registration in South Carolina?”
Where to vote
Voters in the Indian Land and Van Wyck areas will vote at one of the 11 Panhandle precinct polling sites listed below.
If voters are unsure what precinct they live in, visit scvotes.org or call the Lancaster County Voter Registration Office anytime before the election at (803) 285-2969 to verify their polling location.
The voter registration office’s call center will be open on Election Day also to answer any questions before voters head to the polls.
Voters can also visit the scvotes.org website on Election Day to verify polling locations, and the MYscvotes.org app is available for download so voters can check locations on their phones.

Panhandle polling sites

• Black Horse Run – Transformation Church, 8978 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land
• Gold Hill – Gold Hill AME Zion Church, 9239 Van Wyck Road, Van Wyck
• Harrisburg – Harrisburg Elementary School, 10251 Harrisburg Road, Indian Land
• Lake House – Lake House at Sun City Carolina Lakes, 1353 Del Webb Blvd., Indian Land
• Osceola – Osceola United Methodist Church, 6575 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land
• Pleasant Valley – Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, 238 Fort Mill Highway (S.C. 160), Indian Land
• Possum Hollow – Higher Ground Church, 8365 Possum Hollow Road, Indian Land
• River Road – Indian Land High School, 8063 River Road, Indian Land
• Shelley Mullis – Indian Land Recreation Center, 8286 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land
• The Lodge – Sun City Carolina Lakes Lodge, 2955 Sun City Blvd., Indian Land
• Van Wyck – Van Wyck Community Center, 5036 Old Hickory Road, Van Wyck
• Absentee – Lancaster County Administration Building, 101 N. Main St. (lower level), Lancaster   

Reporter Greg Summers contributed to this article.