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Early voting in SC GOP's presidential primary starts Monday. Here's what you need to know

Last week more than 238,000 people voted early across South Carolina and nearly 38,000 mail-in absentee ballots were returned. This is the first general election in our state with early voting thanks to the massive bi partisan election integrity bill Republican and Democratic lawmakers passed in May.
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Early voting for South Carolina's Feb. 24 Republican presidential primary starts Monday, Feb. 12.

The South Carolina Feb. 24 Republican presidential primary officially kicks off Monday.

In-person early voting starts Monday, and will run through Thursday, Feb. 22. Centers will be closed Sunday, Feb. 18 and Monday, Feb. 19 for the Presidents Day holiday.

Early voters centers open at 8:30 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.

Voters need a photo ID to cast their ballot early. Early-voting locations and more information about how someone can cast an absentee ballot can be found at scvotes.gov.

The GOP presidential ballot will include seven names, including candidates who've dropped out but were certified to be on the ballot. They are:

  • Ryan Binkley
  • Chris Christie (suspended campaign)
  • Ron DeSantis (suspended campaign)
  • Nikki Haley
  • Vivek Ramaswamy (suspended campaign)
  • David Stuckenberg
  • Donald Trump

The ballot also will include three advisory questions that voters can check yes or no:

  1. Should South Carolina law be changed to give people the right to register to vote with the political party of their choice?
  2. Should South Carolina adopt reforms to increase the independence and accountability of our judiciary by improving transparency and reducing conflicts of interest in the process of reviewing judicial qualifications and electing judges.
  3. Should it be an immediate legislative priority to protect South Carolina’s competitiveness and small businesses by changing state law so that a person’s responsibility for financial damages in a lawsuit is based on that person's actual share of responsibility?

And, no, voters can't cast a ballot in the GOP primary if they voted in this month's Democratic presidential contest.

Maayan Schechter (My-yahn Schek-ter) is a news reporter with South Carolina Public Radio and ETV. She worked at South Carolina newspapers for a decade, previously working as a reporter and then editor of The State’s S.C. State House and politics team, and as a reporter at the Aiken Standard and the Greenville News. She grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and graduated from the University of North Carolina-Asheville in 2013.