Helpful Voting Links — South Carolina
Do not miss your next election! Many states will hold local and state elections in 2019. Visit your state website for local election dates and deadlines.
- Register to Vote
- Check your registration status
- State Election Website
- State Election Dates
- Find your Polling Place
- See Your Ballot
- Absentee Ballot Instructions
- Request an Absentee Ballot
- Felon Voting Laws
- Call the Election Office: (803) 734-9060
- County Election Offices
- County Government Information
Primary/Caucus Info — South Carolina
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.
What's on the ballot?
Some congressional seats, state offices and constitutional amendments may be included on the ballot.
See Where Your Elected Officials Stand — South Carolina
Voter ID Requirements — South Carolina
What forms of ID are acceptable?
Voters must provide one of the following forms of ID to vote:*
- S.C. Driver’s License
- S.C. DMV ID Card
- S.C. Voter Registration Card with photo
- Federal Military ID with photo
- U.S. Passport
*If you have a reasonable impediment to obtaining Photo ID, you may vote a provisional ballot after showing your non-photo voter registration card. A reasonable impediment is any valid reason, beyond your control, which created an obstacle to obtaining Photo ID. Some examples include:
- Religious objection to being photographed
- Disability or illness
- Work schedule
- Lack of transportation
- Lack of birth certificate
- Family responsibilities
- Election within short time frame of implementation of Photo ID law (January 1, 2013)
- Any other obstacle you find reasonable
To vote under the reasonable impediment exception:
- Present your current, non-photo registration card at the polling place
- Sign an affidavit stating why you could not obtain a Photo ID
- Cast a provisional ballot that will be counted unless the county election commission has reason to believe your affidavit is false.
Early & Absentee Voting — South CarolinaRequest an Absentee Ballot
Early Voting Dates: October 8th to November 5th (In person absentee)
You can vote in person at your county election office from October 8th to November 5th 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 November 2nd. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be received by election day.
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.