Since last year there have been two substantial changes to how we vote here in Columbia.
First, the Columbia City Council made the decision to have city elections held in November this year instead of April. They will be held on November 5th.
The change was made in hopes of creating a better voter turnout than previous years.
"Voter turnout at the spring election has historically been light in the city of Columbia, and at the urging of several groups, including the League of Women Voters, City Council decided that turnout might be larger and more representative if the election were held in November." says Jay Bender, a member of the Municipal Election Commission.
The second change involves the South Carolina Voter ID law.
There are now 5 different types of identifcation you can present when you come to the polls.
I f you're wondering what kind of identification to bring out with you when you come to vote on November 5th, you can always check out the South Carolina Election Commission's website at scvotes.org. They list the kinds of identification you can bring that will allow you to come inside and vote. Those forms include: your SC driver's license, your SC DMV ID card, your SC voter registration card with a photo, your federal military ID, and your US passport.
So now that you know when you need to vote and what to bring with you, what if you're realizing you aren't registered?
Don't worry, there is an event coming up that has you covered.
"September 24th will be celebrated nation-wide as Voter Registration Day. And the local League of Women voters is going to participate in that by conducting an all day voter registration drive at the main branch at the Richland County Public library from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m." states Martha Roblee, the President of the League of Women Voters.
So now there is no excuse not to get out and have your voice heard.