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Information on the 3 Referendums on the 11/8 Ballot

For the text of the referendums as they will appear on the ballot, please click on the following:

General Election Questions 1, 2 and 3

Questions 2 and 3 relate to school capital projects. An explanation of these follows:

Explanation by the League regarding having 2 referendums on the ballot pertaining to school finance.

If both referendums pass, the bond referendum will authorize the Beaufort County School District to borrow the funds and the sales tax referendum will provide the way to pay back what is borrowed and other existing debt. In this scenario, all the money will not be borrowed at once, but it can be borrowed in such a way that the projects can be undertaken in a timely manner. Paying down future and existing debt is what allows there to be a tax decrease of 42%.

If the bond referendum passes and the sales tax referendum fails, the portion of the property tax that goes to pay off school debt will have to increase. This is in contrast to the above scenario that would result in about a 42% decrease in that portion of the property tax.

If the sales tax referendum passes and the bond referendum fails, the projects will be slowed down. Money will be not be able to be committed until the revenue from the sales tax comes in.

If both referendums fail, there will be no funding for the projects.

To learn more about the two referendums regarding school finance and the County referendum for capital projects come to a public meeting on Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church, 110 Malphrus Rd. (on the right about l mile from 278) in Bluffton. Speakers will be Phyllis White, Chief Operational Officer for the Beaufort County School District, and Mike Sutton, Chairman of the Beaufort County Capital Projects Sales Tax Commission.

Please note that the League is neither supporting or opposing these three referendums.

Questionnaire for Candidates Running for The Beaufort County Board of Education

2016 General Election -- Board of Elections and Registration for Beaufort County

October 11, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Marie S. Smalls, Director (843)255-6900

Bluffton Satellite Office Closed Until Monday, October 17, 2016 The Board of Voter Registration and Elections of Beaufort County Bluffton Satellite office (61B Ulmer Road) will be CLOSED until Monday, October 17, 2016. Full services can still be obtained at the Beaufort Office at 15 John Galt Road, Monday + Friday, 8 am + 5 pm.

Public Test of Voting Machines for the November 8, 2016 Statewide General Election The Board of Voter Registration and Elections of Beaufort County will conduct a public test of the Electronic Voting Machines for the November 8, 2016 Statewide General Election on Friday, October 14, 2016 at 10 am.

The public test will be conducted at the Board of Voter Registration and Elections of Beaufort County office, 15 John Galt Road, Beaufort, SC 29906.

In-Person Absentee Voting Starts Monday, October 17, 2016 In-person absentee voting for the November 8, 2016 Statewide General Election will start Monday, October 17, 2016.

The Beaufort Office, 15 John Galt Road, Beaufort, SC and the Bluffton Office, 61B Ulmer Road, Bluffton, SC, will be open from 9 am + 4 pm Monday to Friday. On Saturday, November 5, 2016, both offices will be open from 9 am + 1 pm for in-person absentee voting.

The last day of in-person absentee voting for the November 8, 2016 Statewide General Election is on Monday, November 7, 2016, both offices will be open from 9 am + 5 pm. Sample ballots for the November 8, 2016 Statewide General Election can be obtained on the Voter Registration website at http://www.bcgov.net/vote.

For more information about absentee voting, go to http://www.bcgov.net/vote or call (843) 255-6900

Bluffton Office of Board of Elections Office for Beaufort County

The Beaufort County Board of Elections and Registration Satellite office is located at 61-B, Ulmer Road, in Bluffton.

The Board of Voter Registration and Elections of Beaufort County Bluffton Satellite office (61B Ulmer Road) will be CLOSED until Monday, October 17, 2016.

The Bluffton Office will be open from 9 am + 4 pm Monday to Friday.

On Saturday, November 5, 2016, both offices will be open from 9 am + 1 pm for in-person absentee voting.

To get to the Bluffton Office from Hilton Head, take 278 W. Turn left onto Burnt Church Road, and then turn left onto Ulmer Rd.
From points west, take 278 E or May River Rd/SC-46 (continue straight on Bruin at Nickle Pumpers) to Burnt Church . Turn right onto Burnt Church Rd. and then make a left turn onto Ulmer Rd. (If you reach Alljoy Rd. you have gone too far).

If you have any questions, please call us at 843-255-6900 or visit our website: http://www.bcgov.net/vote.

In-Person Absentee Voting

In-Person Absentee Voting Starts Monday, October 17, 2016 In-person absentee voting for the November 8, 2016 Statewide General Election will start Monday, October 17, 2016.

The Beaufort Office, 15 John Galt Road, Beaufort, SC and the Bluffton Office, 61B Ulmer Road, Bluffton, SC, will be open from 9 am + 4 pm Monday to Friday. On Saturday, November 5, 2016, both offices will be open from 9 am + 1 pm for in-person absentee voting.

The last day of in-person absentee voting for the November 8, 2016 Statewide General Election is on Monday, November 7, 2016, both offices will be open from 9 am + 5 pm. Sample ballots for the November 8, 2016 Statewide General Election can be obtained on the Voter Registration website at http://www.bcgov.net/vote.

For more information about absentee voting, go to http://www.bcgov.net/vote or call (843) 255-6900

Voter Information

http://www.bcgov.net/departments/community-services/voter-registration-and-elections/index.php - Information for Beaufort County voters.

http://www.jaspercountysc.org - Information for Jasper County voters. http://www.jaspercountysc.org/secondary.aspx?pageID=124 Phone: (843)-726-7709

http://www.sciway.net/sc-elections/ - Comprehensive up-to-date information about South Carolina elections with links to other resources, such as County websites.

http://www.scvotes.org - Check your voter registration polling place or get election dates. Also good reminders about what you must bring to the polls the first time you vote in South Carolina.

http://www.rockthevote.com - Find information on youth activities, links to how to register and information on voting as a student in your college town.

http://www.lwv.org - League of Women Voters national website; nonpartisan political information

http://www.lwvhhi.org - League of Women Voters local website; nonpartisan information and local links.

Local Voter Registration Effort by LWV

Needless to say, 2016 is a big year for voter registration. To vote in the General Election on November 8th, voters need to be registered by October 8th.

Our league will continue to field voter registration events in 2017. Stay tuned and volunteer!!

Oleta Harden--843-815-6294 oleta.jhaeden@gmail.com

Ruth Wilwerding 843-671-5562 Ruth_Wilwerding@yahoo.com