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.

Have more questions about voting?

Read our voting FAQ

Important Dates - Presidential Primary

02/29/2020
Primary Election Date (D)
05/02/2020
Primary Election Date (R)
01/30/2020
Primary Registration Deadline (by mail)
Open
Primary Type

Voting Information for South Carolina

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.

Don’t miss your next election!

Don’t miss your next election! South Carolina holds it’s primary election on February 29, 2020 and general election on November 3, 2020.

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Early Voting + Absentee Voting

Early Voting Dates: Jan. 30th to Feb. 28th (In person absentee)

You can vote in person at your county election office from Jan. 30th to Feb. 28th at 5 pm before the election, using an absentee ballot. Excuse required.

To vote absentee by mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot (click here) no later than February 25th. 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.

Request Absentee Ballot

Voter ID + Eligibility for South Carolina

Voter ID Requirements

To vote under the reasonable impediment exception:

  1. Present your current, non-photo registration card at the polling place
  2. Sign an affidavit stating why you could not obtain a Photo ID
  3. Cast a provisional ballot that will be counted unless the county election commission has reason to believe your affidavit is false.

If you do NOT have Photo ID and do NOT have a reasonable impediment to obtaining one, or you simply forgot to bring it with you to the polls, you may still vote a provisional ballot. However, for your vote to be counted, you must provide one of the Photo IDs to the county election commission prior to certification of the election (usually Thursday or Friday after the election).

Voter Rights

Find out more about your rights in South Carolina.

Pre-registration

You may pre-register for All Elections

You may vote at age 17 in primary elections if you're 18 by the general election