Tired of hearing that the American public is lazy, apathetic, and overweight? Well, you can at least address the first two by registering to vote for the Democratic or Republican primaries on June 8 (and there’s no conclusive evidence yet that voting doesn’t lead to weight loss, too).

The last day for registrants to submit applications is May 8. Mailed forms need to be postmarked by this date, according to the Board of Elections and Voter Registration (BEVR).

Step one is downloading your form, available at www.scvotes.org, where you can also update your address (if already registered) or check your polling location, since it may not be your regular polling place.

Citizens can submit forms three ways: by mailing it to BEVR; PO Box 71419; North Charleston, SC 29415, by faxing it to (843) 974-6419, or via e-mail to voterregistration@charlestoncounty.org. Don’t forget to sign your form before scanning. Also, voters can only participate in one party’s primary.

So now you’re registered, and let’s even go out on a limb and say you know where to go vote. But do you know whom you’re going to vote for? If you’re like most people and don’t even know who the candidates are, the least you can do is check out your precinct’s sample ballot at www.charlestoncounty.org/departments/BEVR/2010primaries.htm. Absentee ballots can be picked up at the BEVR headquarters, which is, appropriately, located at 4367 Headquarters Road in N. Charleston. — Cameron Jones

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