Voting In South Carolina

GENERAL ELECTION (MIDTERM)
November 6, 2018
VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE
In-Person | October 5, 2018
Online/Fax/Email | Oct 7, 2018
Mail | Postmarked by Oct 9, 2018

 

 
VOTER REGISTRATION

ID required to register?

ID REQUIRED. Voters must provide their social security number. Also, first time registrants are requested to attach a copy of a current valid photo ID or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other government document that shows their name and address in the county. If the voter does not provide this identification they will be required to provide it when they vote.

Voters who are age 65 and over, voters with disabilities, members of the U.S. Uniformed Services or Merchant Marines and their families, and U.S. Citizens residing outside the U.S. are exempt from this requirement.

ID REQUIRED to register to vote online. See ONLINE REGISTRATION for more info.

Online Registration?

YES. Voters can register to vote or update their information ONLINE. Voters must have a valid South Carolina Driver's License or non-driver State ID and their social security number to register online.

If your address has changed you MUST update your address with the DMV before registering to vote.

DEADLINE: Thirty (30) days before any Election.

Paper Form Registration

Voters can download and print a form that can be mailed, faxed, emailed or hand delivered to their County Election Office.

DEADLINE: Thirty (30) days before any Election.

Election Day Registration

NO. Contact your state representatives and ask them to allow all South Carolina voters to register to vote at their polling place on Election Day.

Automatic Registration?

NO. Contact your state representatives and ask them to enact automatic voter registration in South Carolina.

Pre-Register Youth?

LIMITED. A voter may register to vote if they will be eighteen (18) on or before the next Election.

Contact your state representatives and ask them to allow voters to pre-register to vote after they turn sixteen (16).

Registration Portability?

NO. Voters who move to a new address covered by the same polling place as their old address can vote at that polling place after confirming your change of address.

Voters who move to a new address within the same county but with a different polling place can vote at the main office of the county board of registration in your county after affirming their new address in writing; OR vote a provisional ballot for only federal, statewide, countywide and municipal-wide offices at the polling place associated with your old address after affirming your change of address.

Voters who move to a new address that is in a different county in the state within 30 days of the election, may vote at the main office of the county board of registration in your new county after affirming your new address in writing; OR vote a provisional ballot for only federal, statewide, countywide and municipal-wide offices at the polling place associated with your old address after affirming your change of address.[11] The provisional ballot will be counted if the board of voter registration determines you are a qualified elector in the precinct in which you voted.

Voters who move to a new address in a different county more than 30 days before an election should complete a new registration form or you may not be able to vote.

Click HERE to find your polling place.

VOTING

ID required to vote?

PHOTO ID REQUIRED. Voters will be asked to show one of the following Photo IDs: SC Driver's License, SC Department of Motor Vehicles ID Card, SC Concealed Weapons Permit, SC Voter Registration Card with Photo, Federal Military ID (Including all Department of Defense Photo IDs and Veterans Affairs Benefits Card), or a US Passport (Including US Passport ID Card).

Voters who cannot show ID may vote a provisional ballot. The provisional ballot will count only if the voter shows proper Photo ID to their County Election Office prior to certification of the Election (usually Thursday or Friday after the election). If voters do not possess the required ID they may vote a provisional ballot after signing an affidavit stating they have a reasonable impediment to obtaining Photo ID.

Go HERE for more infomation on Voter ID.

Absentee Voting?

LIMITED. Only QUALIFIED voters may vote by absentee ballot. Check HERE to see if you qualify.

Eligible voters can phone, mail, email, or fax their County Elections Office to request an application be mailed to them. Or, voters can fill out a form ONLINE that can then be mailed, emailed, faxed or hand delivered to their County Elections Office.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Must be received no later than 5:00pm on the 4th day before Election Day.

Contact your state representatives and ask them to allow "No-Excuse Absentee Voting" for all South Carolina voters.

Vote-by-Mail?

LIMITED. Only Absentee Voters may Vote-by-Mail. See ABSENTEE VOTING for more info.

Contact your state representatives and ask them to expand Vote-by-Mail to all voters in South Carolina.

Early Voting?

LIMITED. Only Absentee Voters may vote early. See ABSENTEE VOTING for more info.

Contact your state representatives and ask them to expand In-Person Early Voting to more locations and to all South Carolina voters

Youth Vote in Primary?

YES. Registered voters who will be eighteen (18) on or before Election Day may vote in the preceding Primary Election.

 

 

Student Voters

Students attending college in South Carolina should visit the CAMPUS PROJECT for more information on registering to vote and voting in South Carolina.

Military/Overseas

Military and Overseas Voters should go HERE for more information on registering.

Felon Voting Rights

Voting rights are automatically restored after a voter has completed the court-ordered sentence of imprisonment, parole, probation, and payment of restitution. Ex-felons MUST re-register to vote.

Voters With Disabilities

Voters with disabilities should go HERE for more information.

 

 

DISCLAIMER: We try to have the most current and complete information. But, if you think something is incorrect or incomplete, please feel free to LET US KNOW so we can correct it. Furthermore, we encourage voters to contact their state election officials if they have any questions.