Early &
Mail-in Voting
in South Carolina

Warning: Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to vote, but your ballot might not count if it's submitted late or with errors. So follow the directions below on how to vote early or absentee and make your vote count in South Carolina.

Note - this information below may change for your state due to ongoing litigation and legislation. This page will be updated within 24 hours of any change.

Vote Before Election Day

Vote Early In Person
Early Voting Begins
Early Voting Ends

Vote By Mail Deadlines

Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
Deadline to Return Ballot (Received By)

In-Person Early Voting

You can vote early in your state before Election Day. Early voting begins on 10/23/2023 and ends on 11/04/2023

Early voting is available to all voters at any early voting center in your county. Be sure to bring proper photo ID when you go to vote.

How Vote By Mail Works in South Carolina

Voting by mail is a two step process in South Carolina. Step 1: Request your ballot NOW. The deadline for your application to be received by mail is October 27th at 5 p.m. An excuse is necessary in order to vote by mail.

Step 2: Complete and return your ballot ASAP.
  • Sign your ballot in the presence of an adult witness, they must sign, too.
  • Return in person to your county voter registration and election office by November 7th. A valid photo ID is required for this method of ballot return.
  • Or stamp and mail your ballot - the ballot must be received by November 7th. We recommend mailing your ballot at least two weeks before as the post office is not always reliable. The best intentions or postmark will not matter if your ballot is received after November 7th - your ballot will not count.

Request Your Ballot See Your Ballot Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

Excuse Needed to Vote Absentee

You need an excuse to request an absentee ballot. Excuses could include being sick or out of town, but it’s best to check with your state directly to see what counts as an excuse.

Remember to Sign Your Return Ballot

The outside of the ballot carrier envelope. You must sign in the presence of a witness, who will also sign.

Grab a friend! After you fill out your ballot, sign the voter's oath on the return envelope. The witness must sign, too.

South Carolina's witness requirement is the subject of ongoing litigation.

Use The Right Form of ID

South Carolina voters must show valid photo ID when voting in person. Info here on what qualifies.

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

By Mail

You must add a stamp when mailing in your ballot.

In Person

  • Local elections office

Anyone you designate may return your ballot. They will have to complete an Authorization to Return Absentee Ballot Form.

Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

Make Sure Your Mail-in Vote Counts

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

Haven't used your ballot?

If you would like to vote in person, you must first return your unmarked absentee ballot to your county board of voter registration. They will give you a certificate. You then take the certificate to your polling place and show it to the poll workers. You can then vote in person.

Election Protection Hotline

The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners, Election Protection works year-round to advance and defend the right to vote.

Call 866-OUR-VOTE if you need assistance.

More about voting in South Carolina

Find your polling place, ID laws, and more about voting for the first time below.

Voting Info for South Carolina First Time Voter Info