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In order to vote early a South Carolinian must meet the criteria to absentee vote. To be eligible to absentee vote, the list includes: over 65 years of age, physically disabled, military, for reasons of employment that prevents voting on election day and a few other reasons.
The Aiken County Election Board had set up several satellite absentee voting sites around the county due to the large number anticipated to be absentee voting.  One of the satellite absentee sites in the city of Aiken was supposed to open yesterday.

However, an attorney from Simpsonville, SC, a "major player" in the SC Republican Party filed a complaint to stop the satellite absentee voting.

Those wishing to cast an absentee ballot in Aiken will have to do so at the Aiken County Election Commission Office on Vaucluse Road and not at any previously designated areas.
An emergency meeting of the Registration and Elections Commission was held Monday evening after officials received a letter from a Simpsonville attorney challenging the legality of receiving votes outside the main office.
The Simpsonville attorney, Todd Kincannon, 27, practices in Columbia and is a major player in the S.C. Republican Party, serving as counsel and parliamentarian. Kincannon attended the meeting and stated his case repeatedly that his interpretation of the applicable statutes meant only voting at a specific location.

The meeting of the Registration and Elections Commission was packed last night with concerned citizens, local elected officials and organization leaders speaking out against the closing of the satellite absentee voting sites.  Rev. Brendolyn Jenkins, president of the Aiken Branch of the NAACP, SC State Representative Bill Clyburn and others cautioned the County Elections Commission not to permanently close the satellite offices without asking for clarification from the State Elections Commission.  

"If a decision is made, it should come down on the side of making it easy to vote," said Rep. Bill Clyburn. "People are beginning to get suspicious."

"What is your interest here?" one bystander kept asking, forcefully. "You are from Greenville, not Aiken."
Kincannon stated he was not trying to disenfranchise any voters but rather to make sure every ballot cast would count.

As our Aiken County Democratic Party Chair, John Brecht said "I think it's really unfortunate, I think it's despicable, and questionable as to it's motive."

For the time being, absentee voting can only be done at the County Elections Board; a decision on the legality of satellite absentee voting should be in just a few days.

To read the entire article:
Feel free to comment on the article in the Aiken Standard.  

There is also an article on the topic from Augusta TV channel 12:

Originally posted to teharper428 on Tue Oct 14, 2008 at 04:13 AM PDT.

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  •  Over 400 voted absentee yesterday... (20+ / 0-)

    The republicans are running scared, even here in red-Aiken County, SC.  Our Democratic party registered over 1000 new and change of address voters here in the county.

    •  People are tired of this crap (10+ / 0-)


      "If a decision is made, it should come down on the side of making it easy to vote," said Rep. Bill Clyburn. "People are beginning to get suspicious."

      My 18 year old son will vote for the first time in Fort Worth this year.  I sent his Mother an e-mail this morning advising her how best to make sure he is allowed to vote, how many id's to take etc.

      Finally I had a brainstorm.  Find him a WWJD t-shirt and he won't be challenged.

      God and ego are not equivalent expressions of reality.

      by Othniel on Tue Oct 14, 2008 at 04:32:13 AM PDT

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      •  You aren't supposed to need ID in Texas (0+ / 0-)

        as long as you have your voter registration card.

        I have voted in every presidential election since 1976 (except for 2004) in Texas, and as long as I've had my registration (which is a piece of cardstock with no photo, only voter information on it), no one has tried to prevent me from voting.

        I'm back in Texas, and I don't have a Texas ID, but I have a valid Texas voter registration card (thanks to Kath25!), and I am going to vote and I better not be asked for anything except my registration card.

        It's against the law to require photo ID in Texas.

        PS -- My daughter was born in Fort Worth.

        Sarah Palin's governing philosophy: "Choice for me, but not for thee."

        by Brooke In Seattle on Tue Oct 14, 2008 at 07:15:24 AM PDT

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    •  Voters surprised by closures -- Augusta paper (7+ / 0-)

      The county elections commission had already received permission from the State Elections Commission to provide satellite locations for voters with absentee ballots.

      The 11th-hour challenge came late Friday night from Columbia attorney Todd Kincannon, who attended Monday's meeting.

      Boot out Bushbot Barrett, donate to Jane Dyer SC-03 (vet & union member)

      by sc kitty on Tue Oct 14, 2008 at 05:19:24 AM PDT

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  •  Right. This guy is so concerned that (8+ / 0-)

    every vote be counted, he's driving hours from home to make sure.  I wonder where else in the state this creep will show up to uh, look out for our best interests.

    Anyone else notice how Faux News abandoned their "Usama" spelling once they realized the regular spelling rhymed with Obama? Funny, that.

    by YesBiscuit on Tue Oct 14, 2008 at 04:44:30 AM PDT

  •  Here's what's crazy (6+ / 0-)

    Simpsonville is in Greenville County, SC, over a hundred miles from Aiken County.  And he practices in Columbia in Richland County for a party definitely interested in suppressing the vote.

    Exactly what standing does he have in addressing the Aiken County Election Commission?  That is, unless the election commission comprises a bunch of Republican (rich Republican horsey?) tools?

    I'm glad that the issue has not been decided yet.

    This native Sandlapper is crossing his fingers and hoping that my native state will do the right thing.

  •  Let me guess ... (2+ / 0-)
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    sc kitty, island in alabama

    In Aiken County, like many other SC counties, elderly African-Americans tend disproportionately to live in rural areas, well away from the county seat.  Am I correct, any of you South Carolinians?

    Suggested new McCain ad tagline: "I'm John McCain, and I approved of these lies."

    by leevank on Tue Oct 14, 2008 at 05:01:54 AM PDT

  •  The SC website is not very user friendly (2+ / 0-)
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    Heiuan, sc kitty

    At least for older people.  My 67 yr old mother is going to vote early (so she can watch the kiddies here in NC while Hubby & I are out volunteering - Yay Mom!) but couldn't navigate their web site to find the info.   I ended up finding the info or rather I eventually clicked through to find the number of the office to call to get the info.

    Compare that to the NC voting site where the info is all on one page.

    SC is making it as inconvient as possible.

    "I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." Galileo

    by DaPook on Tue Oct 14, 2008 at 05:58:46 AM PDT

    •  And I hesitate to attribute to malice (1+ / 0-)
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      what could easily be sheer incompetence. Somebody famous said the same thing, but I can't remember the name for attribution.  :D   In any case, this strikes me as being incompetent instead of machiavellian, which is rather pitiful, if you think about it.  It's a shame that their website is so poorly put together.  

      You'd figure, after so many years of having the internet available as a tool, that SC would wake up and hire competent web designers.  They aren't hard to find.  A simple google search would give them plenty of names in their own area!  /snark

      The apocalypse will require substantial revision of all zoning ordinances. - Zashvill Political compass -7.88 -7.03.

      by Heiuan on Tue Oct 14, 2008 at 06:53:16 AM PDT

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