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 - General Election

11/3/2020
General Election Date
10/4/2020
Online Registration Deadline
10/5/2020
Mail Registration Deadline (postmarked by)

Voting Information for South Carolina

Don’t miss your next election!

Your application for voter registration must be postmarked by Oct. 5th. If submitting online, you’ll need to do so by 11:59pm on Oct. 4th. At this time, you must have an excuse to vote by mail in the November general election.

Vote-by-mail systems are different in every state. It is critical that you follow directions and pay attention to the details, or your ballot could be challenged or even tossed.

The signature on your ballot must match your DMV signature, or signature that is on file with your voter registration if you do not have a state-issued ID. If your signature does not match, your ballot could be tossed.

Here are some important things to know about voting by mail in South Carolina:

Don't forget to put postage on your ballot. You are responsible for adding stamps.

Your state has a "received by" deadline of Tuesday, November 3rd. The post office suggests that ballots are mailed at least two weeks prior to make the "received by" deadline. Don't wait! You may also return your ballot via a delivery service, like FedEx or UPS, to ensure delivery date.

Be sure to sign your ballot in the presence of an adult that can serve as a witness. They must also sign your ballot.

Your state does NOT offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot. Your ballot will be tossed if your signature does not match or you do not follow directions. Pay close attention to your state’s completed absentee ballot requirements so your vote is counted.

Your state offers electronic, barcode ballot tracking services so you can make sure your ballot gets counted. Click here to access.

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.

 

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: Oct. 5th to Nov. 2nd (In-person absentee)

You can vote in-person at your county election office from Oct. 5th-Nov. 2nd 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 no later than Oct. 30th. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be received by election day at 7 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.