Voting in
South Carolina

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How & Where to Vote

Find out where to vote, how to vote, how to vote early, and how to vote by mail.

Register to Vote

Register to vote in South Carolina, or learn more about voter ID & rights.

Election Details

Visit the South Carolina Election Website or call (803) 734-9060 to learn more about your states voting details.

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Important Dates - State Primary

6/9/2020
State Primary Election Day
5/11/2020
State Primary Registration Deadline (by mail)
5/8/2020
State Primary In-person deadline
5/10/2020
State Primary Online Deadline
Open
State Primary Type

Voting Information for South Carolina

Don’t miss your next election!

South Carolina will hold its state primary election on June 9th. On May 13th, Governor McMaster expanded voting by mail for this election due to COVID-19. All voters are invited to vote-by-mail, and should request their absentee ballots by June 5th. Voters are to select Reason 18- State of Emergency as their excuse when requesting their ballot by-mail.

Presidential Primaries

No party affiliation is required at registration to participate in primary. Voters are asked to take an oath stating they did not participate in another primary when voting. See South Carolina Republican Party or Democratic Party sites for more details.

In 2020, the South Carolina Republican Party canceled the presidential primary election. Voters that want to engage in the party's process should consider the May 2nd Republican state convention.

Statewide Primaries

Some congressional seats, state offices and constitutional amendments may be included on the ballot.

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Early Voting + Absentee Voting

Early Voting Dates: May 11th to June 8th (In-person absentee)

You can vote in-person at your county election office from May 11th to June 8th at 5 pm before the election, using an absentee ballot.

To vote absentee by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot (click here) no later than June 5th. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be received by election day at 5 pm.

Whether it’s in person or by mail, you’ll need to give an excuse to vote by absentee ballot. Info here on what qualifies.

The absentee ballot application period opens Jan. 1st. You must submit a form for each election that you would like to participate in by-mail and include your excuse.

Request Absentee Ballot

Voter ID + Access for South Carolina

Do Voters Need ID?

  • Yes, voters need an ID
  • Multiple forms of ID accepted
  • First time voters need ID

More Chances to Register


Your state does not offer additional voter registration options outside of the deadlines listed above.

Pre-registration

  • If you are 17 and will be 18 on or before the next election, you may register to vote.
  • You can vote at age 17 in primary elections if you're 18 by the general election
Youth participation is affected by changing state legislation or party rules. If we are not up to date please let us know.