YOUR VOTE: South Carolina
Get ready to cast your ballot this fall.
It's election season! Are you ready? With just a few clicks, we'll walk through voter registration, key election dates, and all the documents you'll need. Best of all, you can share this info with your friends and neighbors. Make sure that your vote counts!
I. WAIT! BEFORE YOU SCROLL ANY FURTHER, REGISTER TO VOTE
Need to register? Or maybe you just want election reminders? Thanks to TurboVote, we've got you covered. Just click below:
II. KNOW THE DATES
- November 3, 2020.
General Registration Deadline:
- Registration cutoff is October 9, 2020.
Deadline to Request Mail-In Ballot:
- Absentee ballot requests must be received by your local election office by October 30.
- An Absentee Ballot Application can be downloaded here.
- If you are returning your completed absentee ballot by U.S. Mail, the clerk must receive it by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.
South Carolina is NOT allowing no-excuse absentee voting due to COVID-19 this fall. Unless you're already eligible to vote by mail due to age or another valid excuse, you will have to cast your vote in person.
III. REGISTER TO VOTE
- Not sure you're registered? This handy widget will tell you whether you're on the voter rolls.
- Here are the requirements to register as a voter in South Carolina.
Need To Register?
- Yes, it's so important we're including it twice. Here's that link again:
IV. WHERE TO VOTE
- School, firehouse or community center, this simple form will tell you where to go to cast your ballot.
- Click here to find contact information for your City or Town Clerk.
Do I need to wear a mask to the polls?
- Maybe. Different cities have enacted their own mask requirements. Check with your polling place to make sure you wear a mask if one is needed to vote.
V. COVID-19 MAIL-IN VOTING & ABSENTEE VOTING
COVID-19 is NOT an accepted reason for requesting a mail-in ballot. Only those who are already eligible for mail-in ballots can vote absentee this fall.
- Request your absentee ballot from your town/city clerk as early as possible. An Absentee Ballot Application can be downloaded here.
- Here are South Carolina's Absentee Voter Registration Instructions.
Out of town or serving abroad?
- Here's how to get an absentee ballot.
- Absentee Ballot Application: Request Online (printer needed) | Call or email your county clerk
VI. WHAT TO TAKE TO THE POLLS
Voter ID Laws:
- South Carolina requires a photo ID to vote.
- Here is the list of accepted credentials.
- Contact your polling place for an acceptable list of options.
Don't have a valid ID?
- If you cannot obtain a valid ID because of a "reasonable impediment," you can list such impediment and sign an affidavit so your provisional ballot will count.
VII. HAVING TROUBLE? GET IN TOUCH
The South Carolina Official Election Center:
- Call (803) 734-9060 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Voter ID Helpline:
- Call 844-338-8743
Any other questions?
See you at the ballots (or mailboxes), South Carolinians!
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