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.
For the 2018 General Election, voter registration deadlines have been extended:
-Registration by Mail: Must be postmarked by Wednesday, October 17.
-Online Voter Registration: Register before midnight, Wednesday, October 17.
-Applications submitted by fax or email: Must be received by county voter registration office before midnight, Wednesday, October 17.
-In-person applications at county voter registration offices: Most county offices will close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17. Check locally for specific hours.
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: Not be confined in any public prison resulting from a conviction of a crime. Have never been convicted of a felony or offense against the election laws OR if previously convicted, have served the entire sentence, including probation or parole, or have received a pardon for the conviction.
ID Requirements: Social Security Number is required by the S.C. Code of Laws 7-5-170. This number is used for internal purposes only and eliminates multiple
registrations by a single individual.
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. 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 this 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.
By email: 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:
-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)
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 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.
SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Location and time: 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
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: https://votesmart.org
Polling Place: Select your county to learn about polling locations near you.
ID Requirements: When voting in person, you will be asked to show a Photo ID. Photo ID Requirements.
How to Vote: South Carolina Voting Information
Verifying provisional ballot status: Verify Provisional Ballot
Verifying absentee ballot status: Verify Absentee Ballot
Problems with voting: Title III Complaint Procedures