Who is on the ballot in the next election? Election Commission Offices, How to register to vote? ...and more
Before you can vote you need to register. You must register 30 days prior to the election in order to vote in that election.
November 06, 2012 is the General Election.
Applications may be obtained from the libraries, the voter registration office: Sumter County Election Commission, the Motor Vehicle Division of the Department of Public Safety, or you may download the form, complete it, and mail it to the Sumter County Election Commission (See address at top of page). The League of Women Voters of Sumter County also holds Voter Registration Drives.
Voter Registration Application
To Register you must be:
 A U.S. Citizen
 18 years of age by the next general election
 A resident of South Carolina, Sumter County, and your voting precinct
 Not under a court order declaring you "Mentally incompetent"
 Not incarcerated for a felony or misdemeanor offense
 Not on probation or parole for a felony or misdemeanor violation of an election law
What you'll vote on
Most likely, you'll have several choices to make when you vote. For example, you may vote for President and Vice-President of the United States, Members of Congress, Governor, Mayor and School Board. You may also be asked to vote on other things, like money for schools or roads, and whether you approve of certain laws.
When to Vote
General Elections, when we vote for President and Members of Congress, come in November of even-numbered years. Election Day is the Tuesday between November 2 and November 8.
State and local elections may be held at other times as well. Primary elections, in which voters choose which candidate they want to represent their party, usually take place several months before general elections.
Where to Vote
You should get a card after you register, telling you where you vote (usually a nearby location). Hold on to your card for Election Day.
Why you should Vote
The leaders you elect make decisions that affect you, your job, your health care, your energy costs, your security, and more. Voting is your chance to choose the decision makers and tell them what you want.