Voters in Abbeville County will choose their next sheriff in a special election Tuesday.
Greenwood County Sheriff's Office captain and head of investigations Ray Watson will square of against interim Abbeville Police Department chief and longtime APD captain Skipper O'Bannon. Watson will serve as the Democratic candidate, while O'Bannon is vying as a Republican.
The sheriff's seat became available earlier this year when former Abbeville County sheriff Charles Goodwin resigned less than two weeks into his seventh term. Goodwin served 24 years as sheriff before being indicted on a charge of misconduct in office in January.Abbeville County Coroner Ronnie Ashley took over in the wake of Goodwin's departure and served as interim sheriff since.
The victor in Tuesday's election will become Goodwin's replacement and finish out the remainder of his four-year term.
Polls will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at the county's 14 precincts.
Abbeville County Registration and Elections Director Kim London said her office will accept absentee ballots until 5 p.m. today for registered voters out of town, on vacation, older than 65, disabled or who fall into one of the other handful of categories qualifying them to vote absentee.
London said there are 18 different classifications for voters to file absentee ballots, all of which can be found at scvotes.org.
For information, contact county election officials at 366-2400 ext. 53.