Registration Deadline: You must be registered at least 30 days prior to any election in order to vote in that election. Registration by mail applications must be postmarked at least 30 days prior to that particular election to be eligible.
Party Affiliation: South Carolina does not have registration by party. Voters may vote in either party's primary, but not both. Voters should be prepared to tell election officials the primary in which they wish to vote.
VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS
Age: Must be at least 18 years old on or before the day of the election
Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen
Residency: Must be a resident of South Carolina, the county, and the precinct in which you will be voting
Mental Competency: Must not be under a court order declaring you mentally incompetent
Felony Convictions: Rights restored upon completion of sentence, including prison, parole, and probation
ID Requirements: If you are registering for the first time in this county, you must attach a copy of a current, valid photo ID or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address in this county.
If you do not provide this identification now, you will be required to provide this information when you vote. Voters who are age 65 and over, voters with disabilities, members of the U.S. Uniformed Services or Merchant Marines and their families, and U.S. Citizens residing outside the U.S. are exempt from their requirement.
OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM
Online: South Carolina Voter Registration Application
In person: Register in person at your county board of voter registration.
By mail/ in writing: Download a form. complete it, and mail it to your county board of voter registration.
By fax: Download a form, complete it, and fax it to your county board of voter registration.
Other Voter Registration Application Information: You may download a form, complete it, scan it, and email it to your county board of voter registration.
VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS
Online: South Carolina Voter Registration Verification
Phone: Or contact your county board of voter registration.
ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS
Who can vote absentee:Persons qualified to vote by absentee ballot:
- Persons who will be on vacation outside their county of residence on Election Day
- Members of the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine, and their spouses and dependents residing with them
- Persons who, for reasons of employment, will not be able to vote on election day
- Physically disabled persons
- Persons sixty-five years of age or older
- Persons serving as a juror in state or federal court on Election Day
- Persons admitted to the hospital as emergency patients on day of election or within a four-day period before the election
- Persons with a death or funeral in the family within three days before the election
- Persons confined to a jail or pre-trial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial
- Persons attending sick or physically disabled persons
- Certified poll watchers, poll managers, and county election officials working on Election Day
Other absentee voter qualifications: For more information regarding voter registration and absentee voting, contact your County Voter Registration Office.
OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Online: Request an absentee ballot application online, however applications must be mailed, faxed, emailed, or returned in person.
In person: Visit your county voter registration office, complete an application, and cast your ballot.
By mail: Contact your county voter registration office to request an absentee ballot application by person, mail, phone, email, or fax. Return your completed application by 5:00 p.m., the Friday before the elections.
Military and overseas voting: South Carolina Military and Overseas Information
SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Location and time: You may vote absentee in person up until 5:00 p.m. the day before election day. Mailed ballots may be returned by mail or in person until 7:00 p.m. on Election day.
Early voting qualifications: Certain voters may vote in person absentee before election day. However, general early voting is not available.
Verifying Registration: South Carolina Voter Registration Verification
Deciding how to vote: http://www.votesmart.org/
Time off to vote: Time off to vote is subject to the employer. South Carolina state law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.
Polling Place: Select your county to learn about polling locations near you.
ID Requirements: You must have one of the following forms of identification to vote on Election Day:
-Voter Registration Card;
-DMV-issued ID card;
If you registered to vote by mail, are voting for the first time, and did not submit proof of ID with your application; you may not vote with only your voter registration card. Additional ID, such as a driver's license, will be required
How to Vote: South Carolina Voting Information
Getting your vote counted:Election results are stored in three independent memory locations within the voting machine. Additionally, there is a removable storage card locked inside the voting unit that records internal audit information.
Problems with voting: South Carolina HAVA Complaint Procedures
Verifying provisional ballot status: Verify Provisional Ballot
Verifying absentee ballot status: Verify Absentee Ballot