by Sam Spence
Charleston residents wishing to vote in November's general election must register to vote by Sat. Oct. 3 in order to cast your ballot to choose the city's next leader.
We know you've all been poring over the After Riley questionnaire series and have been inundated with TV ads from a number of the candidates, but it's getting down to crunch time. Charleston residents will be choosing Mayor Joe's successor as he retires in addition to some city council seats. Many other Charleston County municipalities, including North Charleston, have mayoral and council races to vote in as well. Check out the full slate of county elections here.
We'll have ongoing coverage of many of these elections in the coming weeks, but until then, head over to SCVotes.org and check your voter registration info, including the location of your polling place. In many cases, you can update it online if necessary. Of course, Board of Elections officials always urge getting your info in as early as possible to ensure a smooth election day. If you won't be able to make it to the polls on November 3 for one of 15 reasons laid out in state law, county residents can cast an absentee ballot in-person in North Charleston beginning October 6 at 4367 Headquarters Rd. until 5 p.m. on November 2.
In either case, don't forget that state voter ID laws are now in effect, so be sure to bring a state-issued photo ID with you to your polling place.