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.
Have more questions about voting?
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Important Dates - Presidential Primary
Voting Information for South Carolina
Don’t miss your next election!
South Carolina will hold its state primary election on June 9th. Voters can register to vote-by-mail through May 11th, or in-person through May 8th. Voters with in-state IDs may also use the online system to register through May 10th. If you would prefer to vote-by-mail, you must submit an application by June 5th, excuse required.
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.
Some congressional seats, state offices and constitutional amendments may be included on the ballot.Find Your Representatives
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.
Voter ID + Eligibility for South Carolina
Do Voters Need ID?
- Yes, voters need an ID
- Multiple forms of ID accepted
- First time voters need ID
Find out more about your rights in South Carolina.
- 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