The Aiken County Elections Commission voted tonight to reestablish satellite absentee voting locations in the county.
After reviewing the state attorney general's opinion, which stated that it would not be illegal to open the offices, the board unanimously agreed to offer absentee voting at Nancy Carson Library in North Augusta, Roy Warner Park in Wagener and Kalmia Mall in Aiken.
The Kalmia Mall site at 1680 Richland Avenue West in Aiken will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., this Sunday from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 25, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. to noon.
At the Nancy Carson Library, located at 135 Edgefield Road, absentee voting will be from noon to 4 p.m. on Oct. 20, 23 and 24.
In Wagener, absentee voting will be allowed at the Roy Warner Park at 4287 Festival Trail Road from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 22.
The county elections commission had already received permission from the State Elections Commission to provide satellite locations for voters with absentee ballots.
However, a challenge came late last week from Columbia attorney Todd Kincannon, who argued that the state statute on absentee voting says that local election commissions can change the hours and the dates for absentee voting, not the location, opening up the possibility that if someone were to go to court to challenge absentee votes cast in a satellite office the court would throw those votes out.
The Aiken County Elections Commission had voted Monday night to suspend absentee voting at the three satellite locations pending further review.