• Bostic (left) faces Sanford in the GOP primary Tuesday

On Tuesday, Republican voters in the 1st Congressional District will choose between former Charleston County Councilman Curtis Bostic and ex-Governor Mark Sanford to represent the party in the May 7 special election to fill the vacancy left by Tim Scott’s appointment to the U.S. Senate.

Polls in the district, which snakes through parts of Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, and Dorchester Counties, will be open to voters from 7 A.M. to 7 P.M. To find if you’re registered in the district or where you’re assigned to vote, visit scvotes.org.

Once again, the state’s new voter ID laws will be in effect, meaning that if you are not in possession of one of the valid forms of ID prescribed by the state election commission but are registered to vote in the 1st District, you will need to cast a provisional ballot instead. For more, see our quick look at efforts by the state to prepare for the new laws before last month’s initial primary.

The winner of Tuesday’s runoff will face Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch and Green Party candidate Eugene Platt in the May 7 general election. An independent survey released last week shows a close contest between Colbert Busch and each of the Republican candidates.

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