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Saturday is last day to register to vote
Voters must be registered to vote no later than October 6, 2012, to vote in the November 6 general election. The Beaufort County Board of Elections and Registration will be open on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 8 a.m. to noon to accommodate last-minute registrations at the Beaufort office only, located at 15 John Galt Road.
To qualify for registration in Beaufort County, one must be a United States citizen, a resident of Beaufort County, at least 18-years-old on or before November 6, and not currently serving a sentence for a felony or an offense against election laws. For more information, visit www.bcgov.net/vote.

Rep. Erickson to speak at LIBPA meeting
Rep. Shannon Erickson will be the guest speaker at the October 11 Lady’s Island Business and Professional Association meeting to be held at 8 a.m. in the Beaufort County Realtors Headquarters in the Palmetto Business Park. The meeting is open to the public.
Mrs. Erickson was first elected to represent District 124 in the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2007 to fill an unexpired term.  She was elected to a full term of office in 2008, re-elected in 2010 and is seeking re-election (unopposed) in the November General Election.  She presently serves as chairperson of the Labor, Commerce and Industry Committee. She is owner and director of Lowcountry Building Blocks, Inc. (Hobbit Hill Preschools) and is a former teacher. Her past contributions to the community include serving as a member of the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, member of the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Child Care, President of the South Carolina Child Care Association and member of the Beaufort County First Steps to School Readiness Board.
Rep. Erickson has been requested to include in her discussion with LIBPA members the following subjects:
• What should be the top priority items for the next legislative session?
• What action is needed to make the Lowcountry more economically viable?
• Must we continue to fight for more equitable educational funding on a yearly basis?
• Are the redesigned political districts a benefit or a detriment to the Beaufort area?

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