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.
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.
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
In Person: Register in person at your county board of voter registration.
VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS
Phone: Or contact your county board of voter registration.
ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS
- Members of the Armed Forces or Merchant Marine serving outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them (click here for additional information)
- Persons serving with the American Red Cross or with the United Service Organizations (USO) who are attached to and serving with the Armed Forces outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them
- Overseas Citizens (click here for additional information)
- Persons who are physically disabled
- Students attending school outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them
- Persons who for reasons of employment will not be able to vote on election day
- Government employees serving outside their county of residence on Election Day and their spouses and dependents residing with them
- Persons who plan to be on vacation outside their county of residence on Election Day
- Persons serving as a juror in state or federal court on Election Day
- Persons admitted to the hospital as emergency patients on Election Day 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
- Persons sixty-five years of age or older
- Persons who for religious reasons do not want to vote on a Saturday (Presidential Primaries Only)
Other absentee voter qualifications: For more information regarding voter registration and absentee voting, contact your County Voter Registration Office.
OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
In person: Visit your county voter registration office, complete an application, and cast your ballot. You may vote absentee in person up until 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election.
By mail: Follow these steps to vote absentee by mail. Photo ID is not required to vote absentee by mail.
Step 1: Get an absentee application in one of two ways:
- Use this link to get your application or the application of an immediate family member online. To get your application online, you must be able to print your application or save your application for printing later. You can also use this link to access your application to print again.
- Request an application for yourself or your immediate family member from the county voter registration office in your county of residence by phone, mail, email, or fax. You will be mailed an application.
Step 2: You've now printed your application online or received your application in the mail. You must now complete and sign the application and return it to your county voter registration office. You should return the application as soon as possible but no later than 5:00 p.m. on the 4th day prior to the election (the 4th day is Friday for all Tuesday elections). You may return the application by mail, email, fax, or personal delivery.
Step 3: Receive your absentee ballot in the mail.
Step 4: Vote the ballot following ballot instructions and return it to the county voter registration office in your county of residence by 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election. You may return the ballot personally or by mail. You may also have another person return the ballot for you, but you must first complete an authorization to return absentee ballot form, available from your county voter registration office.
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/
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 with photo
-DMV-issued ID card;
-Federal Military ID
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.
If you do not have one of these photo IDs, go to your county voter registration and elections office, provide your date of birth and the last four digits of your Social Security Number. Then have your photo taken.
How to Vote: South Carolina Voting Information
Problems with voting: South Carolina HAVA Complaint Procedures
Verifying provisional ballot status: Verify Provisional Ballot
Verifying absentee ballot status: Verify Absentee Ballot