Voting In South Carolina
 

 
VOTER REGISTRATION

Forms and Deadlines

Registration Form (English)

REGISTRATION DEADLINE
By Mail: Postmarked thirty (30) days before Election Day
By Fax/Email: Received by 11:59pm thirty (30) days before Election Day
In Person: Received by close of business thirty (30) days before Election Day

To find where to register in person, or for more information:
• Visit your Official State Website
• Contact your County Voter Registration Office

Online Registration

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

NOTE: If your address or name has changed voters MUST update your address with the DMV before registering to vote.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE
Received by 11:59pm thirty (30) days before Election Day

Election Day Registration

Currently, voters are NOT permitted to register to vote on Election Day.

Ask your state representatives to pass legislation which will allow voters to register at their polling place on Election Day.

Automatic Registration

Currently, voters are NOT automatically registered to vote.

Ask your state representatives to pass legislation which will automatically register eligible South Carolina residents to vote when they apply for a driver's license or interact with other state agencies.

Can you pre-register?

LIMITED. Voters who will be eighteen (18) on or before the next Election may register to vote.

Ask your state representatives to pass legislation that will permit eligible voters to pre-register to vote after they turn sixteen (16) as well as automatically pre-register them to vote if they apply for a driver's license.

Have you moved?

For registered voters who have moved within the state of South Carolina but have not updated their voter registration information.

NEW Address, SAME Polling Place
Voters can vote at their usual polling place after confirming their change of address regardless of how close to the election they moved.

NEW Address, SAME County, NEW Polling Place
Voters can vote at the main office of their county board of registration after affirming their new address in writing; OR vote a provisional ballot at the polling place associated with their old address after affirming your change of address.

Moved to a NEW County within 30 Days
Voters can vote at the main office of their county board of registration after affirming their new address in writing; OR vote a provisional ballot at the polling place associated with their old address after affirming your change of address.

Moved to a NEW County more than 30 Days
Voters must update their voter registration before the registration deadline or they may not be eligible to vote.

Click HERE to find your polling place.

Address Confidentiality Program

South Carolina currently has no ACP in place. Ask your state representatives to protect victims of stalking, domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes from offenders who use public records, such as voter registries, to locate them.

 

 
VOTING

Early Voting

Only Absentee Voters may vote early in person (AKA "in person absentee voting"). Voters who qualify may apply for an absentee ballot at their County Voter Registration Office and vote that ballot at the same time.

See ABSENTEE VOTING for more info.

Ask your state representatives to expand in-person early voting to all South Carolina voters.

Vote-by-Mail

Only Absentee Voters may vote-by-mail. See ABSENTEE VOTING for more info.

Ask your state representatives to expand vote-by-mail to all South Carolina voters.

Absentee Voting

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

Get a form online
Contact your County Voter Registration Office to get a form
Vote Early In Person

APPLICATION DEADLINE
Received by 5:00pm on the 4th day before Election Day.

EXCEPTION: Voters who are hospitalized within the four-day period before the election, an immediate family member may complete an absentee ballot application, receive the ballot, deliver it personally to the patient and personally carry the ballot back to election officials.

For more info on Absentee Voting:
• Visit your Official State Website
• Contact your County Voter Registration Office
Track Your Ballot

Ask your state representatives to creat "no-excuse" absentee voting for all South Carolina voters.

Do you need Voter ID?

Voters will be asked to present a photo ID from an approved list of IDs. Voters can go HERE for more info.

NOTE: Voters who forget their ID may still vote a Provisional Ballot. Voters who are unable to obtain photo ID may vote a Provisional Ballot after signing a Reasonable Impediment affidavit. See Provisional Ballots for more info.

Voters who are struggling to get an ID from the state of Alabama may get outside help from Spread the Vote, VoteRiders, or Carpool Vote.

Provisional Ballots

Voters may have to vote a Provisional Ballot on Election Day if:

• the voter cannot provide the required photo ID
• their name is not on the registered voters list
• their right to vote is challenged
• their name has been marked for receiving an absentee ballot

NOTE: Voters who vote a Provisional Ballot because they did not provide Voter ID must provide the required ID to their County Election Office prior to certification of the Election (usually Thursday or Friday after the election) in order for their vote to count.

Check Provisional Ballot Status

Polling Hours

7:00am to 7:00pm, Eastern Time Zone

IMPORTANT: If you are in line by 7:00pm you are guaranteed the right to vote. Do NOT get out of line.

Primary Election Rules

Voters do not need to affiliate with a party in order to vote in a Primary Election, but must choose one party's ballot.

Youth Vote in Primary?

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

Having a problem?

If you are experiencing difficulty voting, intimidation from poll workers or other voters, long lines, broken machines, a closed or incorrect polling station, or any other obstacle keeping you from casting your ballot, call the:

Election Protection Hotline
• English 866-687-8683
• Spanish 888-839-8682
• Arabic 844-925-5287
• Asian (multiple) 888-274-8683

 

 
SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES

College Students

Students from out-of-state attending college in South Carolina, or students who already live in South Carolina but attend college in another part of the state can visit the Campus Project for more information.

Military/Overseas

For more info on registering to vote and voting, Military and Overseas voters can go to the:

Official State Website
Federal Voting Assistance Program
Overseas Vote Foundation

Felony conviction?

Voters convicted of a felony will have their right to vote automatically restored after:

  • completing their term of incarceration
  • completing their parole
  • completing their probation

ADDITIONAL INFO
• Voters who lost their right to vote MUST re-register to vote.
• For more assistance, voters can use the Campaign Legal Center's website to Restore Your Vote.

Have a disability?

Voters with a disability who need more information about accessibility and voting can visit the Official State Website.

 

 

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.