FY 2020 Audit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Early Voting Now in Effect In SC

    Governor McMaster on Friday, May 13, 2022 signed into law legislation passed by the General Assembly that establishes early voting in South Carolina. To help prepare for the upcoming elections the Board of Voter Registration and Elections of Barnwell County wants voters to know all their options to vote:

    Polling Place on Election Day

      *Open from 7:00AM – 7:00PM
      *Check your polling place at scVOTES.gov before leaving to vote.
      *Check your Sample Ballot at scVOTES.gov before leaving to vote.
      *Bring your Photo ID (or voter registration card if you do not have a Photo ID).

      Early Voting

        In-person absentee voting has now been replaced with a two-week early voting period. Any voter can visit an early-voting location in Barnwell and vote like they would at their polling place on Election Day. Each county must have at least one early voting center.
        * Early-voting for June Primaries (June 14, 2022):
        * May 31 – June 10. Closed Saturday and Sunday, June 5 – 6.
        * 8:30AM – 5:00PM
        *Early-voting for June Runoffs (June 28, 2022)
        * Wednesday, June 22 – Friday, June 24.
        * Same hours and locations as Primaries.
        * Bring your Photo ID (or voter registration card if you do not have a Photo ID).
        There will be currently one (1) Early Voting Center for the Primary & Runoff elections:
        * Barnwell (Main office) 367 Fuldner Rd., Barnwell, SC 29812

        Absentee(by-mail only)

      Absentee voting allows qualified voters to cast a ballot by mail prior to Election Day. In-Person Absentee Voting is no longer authorized by law.

      Qualified voters include:
      * Voters with disabilities.
      * Voters sixty-five years of age or older.
      * Members of the Armed Forces and Merchant Marines of the United States, their spouses, and dependents residing with them.
      * Voters admitted to hospitals as emergency patients on the day of an election or within a four-day period before the election.
      * Voters who, for one of the following reasons, are unable to vote in person on any day of the early-voting period or on Election Day.
      * Employment obligations.
      * Attending sick or physically disabled persons.
      * Confined to a jail or pretrial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial.
      * Absent from their county for any reason.

      To vote absentee:
      * Request an absentee application by phone, mail, or in person.
      * Complete, sign and return the application by mail or in person.
      * New applications will be issued soon based on the new requirements.
      * The old application will continue to be accepted through May 31.
      * After May 31, only new applications meeting current requirements will be accepted.
      * The deadline to return a new application is June 3.
      * You will receive your absentee ballot in the mail.
      * Vote and return your ballot to the Board of Voter Registration and Elections of Barnwell County office by mail or in person no later than 7:00PM on Election Day.
      * Be sure to sign the voter’s oath and have the return envelope witnessed. There are no changes to the witness requirement in effect for the June Primaries. Witness requirement changes in the law go into effect in July.
      * Photo ID will be required to return your ballot in person.
      * Ballots returned by mail should be mailed no later than one week prior to election day to help ensure timely delivery.

      FY2020 Barnwell County Financial Statements

      COVID-19 Update

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      Barnwell County Administration Building Face Mask Policy Effective July 20, 2020

      All bid information is listed under the “BIDS” section above.

      Barnwell County Judicial Offices – Solicitor, Public Defender, Probation & Parole, and DJJ are located at 54 Irving Street, Barnwell SC 29812

      Upcoming Events



      Barnwell County Implementation of State Disbursement Unit for Support Payments

      Barnwell County will officially implement the South Carolina State Disbursement Unit (SDU) effective February 4, 2019.  After that date, support payments currently made by obligors to Barnwell County Clerk of Court should be made payable to the South Carolina State Disbursement Unit and mailed to:

      South Carolina State Disbursement Unit
      PO Box 100302
      Columbia, SC 29202-3302

      Employers and interstate child support agencies shall continue to make support payments to the Barnwell County Clerk of Court until directed to send those payments to the State Disbursement Unit in August 2019.

      Support payors can find additional information about the State Disbursement Unit and other payments options at www.dss.sc.gov/child-support.

      If you have questions about when or how to make payments to the State Disbursement Unit please contact State Disbursement Unit Customer Service Center at 800-768-5858.  Agents are available M-F, 8:30am – 5:00pm excluding State holidays.

      For Counties Offering Web and/or IVR Payment Options

      Discontinued Clerk of Court Electronic Payment Options

      Effective January 25, 2019, Barnwell County will discontinue options for making web and/or interactive voice response support payments via credit/debit card and automatic withdrawal (ACH debit).  The State Disbursement Unit provides new options for making walk-in and online payments.  Please see www.dss.sc.gov/child-support for additional details.  This change ONLY affects support payments.  Other types of county payments (for example, property taxes) can still be paid by credit card from the county’s website.

      If you appeared before a judge due to failure to pay your child support and were ordered to pay a specific amount (sometimes referred to as a purge payment) to be in compliance with the judge’s ruling, you may come to the payment window in the Clerk’s of Court office and pay cash or use your credit/debit card to pay the ordered amount.

      Link to DSS Website

      www.dss.sc.gov/child-support

      Family Court Public Portal

      Family Court Attorney Portal

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Freedom of Information Act – Fees For Copies of Public Records

Fees (Section 30-4-30(B) & (C)):

  • Requires each public body to establish a fee schedule which must be postedonline.
  • Public body may establish and collect reasonable fees not to exceed the actual cost of searching, retrieval, and redaction of records. Fees are to be based on prorated hourly rate of the lowest paid employee of the public body who, in “reasonable” discretion of records custodian, has the skill and training necessary to respond to the request.
  • Charge for copies cannot exceed the prevailing commercial rate for production of copies.
  • Copy charges may not apply to records transmitted in electronic format; public body may charge for staff time used to convert documents to electronic format when documents not in electronic format, but agency agrees to produce them in electronic format.
  • When a deposit is required, it may not exceed 25% of total anticipated costs, and the time to produce a record does not start until the deposit is received.
  • Full amount/remainder of total cost must be paid at time of production.

For a copy of the resolution regarding FOIA Fees click here.


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