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
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.
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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.
Voter ID + Eligibility for South Carolina
Voter ID Requirements
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.
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).
Find out more about your rights in South Carolina.
You may pre-register for All Elections
You may vote at age 17 in primary elections if you're 18 by the general election