State of South Carolina Voting Requirements

 

U.S. Domestic Voters

Local Elections

Richland/Lexington School Board District 5 Special Election held on Tue Oct 12, 2021

Type

Deadlines

New Voter Registration

  • Online by Sun Sep 12, 2021 11:59pm EDT
  • Postmarked by Sun Sep 12, 2021
  • In-Person, Received by Sun Sep 12, 2021

Absentee Ballot Request

Received by Fri Oct 8, 2021 5:00pm EDT

Absentee Ballot Return

Received by Tue Oct 12, 2021 7:00pm EDT

In-Person Absentee Voting

Sun Sep 12, 2021 - In the Election Office by Mon Oct 11, 2021 5:00pm EDT

South Carolina Municipal Elections held on Tue Oct 19, 2021

Type

Deadlines

New Voter Registration

  • Online by Sun Sep 19, 2021 11:59pm EDT
  • Postmarked by Sun Sep 19, 2021
  • In-Person, Received by Sun Sep 19, 2021

Absentee Ballot Request

Received by Fri Oct 15, 2021 5:00pm EDT

Absentee Ballot Return

Received by Tue Oct 19, 2021 7:00pm EDT

In-Person Absentee Voting

Sun Sep 19, 2021 - In the Election Office by Mon Oct 18, 2021 5:00pm EDT
Includes the City of Rock Hill General Election in York County and the District 5 Special Election in McCormick County.

South Carolina Municipal Elections held on Tue Oct 26, 2021

Type

Deadlines

New Voter Registration

  • Online by Sun Sep 26, 2021 11:59pm EDT
  • Postmarked by Sun Sep 26, 2021
  • In-Person, Received by Sun Sep 26, 2021

Absentee Ballot Request

Received by Fri Oct 22, 2021 5:00pm EDT

Absentee Ballot Return

Received by Tue Oct 26, 2021 7:00pm EDT

In-Person Absentee Voting

Sun Sep 26, 2021 - In the Election Office by Mon Oct 25, 2021 5:00pm EDT
Includes the Town of Allendale Referendum, Greenwood County Council Special Primary, and Richland School Board At Large Special Elections.

South Carolina Municipal Generals held on Tue Nov 2, 2021

Type

Deadlines

New Voter Registration

  • Online by Sun Oct 3, 2021 11:59pm EDT
  • Postmarked by Sun Oct 3, 2021
  • In-Person, Received by Sun Oct 3, 2021

Absentee Ballot Request

Received by Fri Oct 29, 2021 5:00pm EDT

Absentee Ballot Return

Received by Tue Nov 2, 2021 7:00pm EDT

In-Person Absentee Voting

Sun Oct 3, 2021 - In the Election Office by Mon Nov 1, 2021 5:00pm EDT
Includes all elections in South Carolina on Nov 2, 2021. This includes all municipal elections, referenda, primaries, and special elections. Please be aware not all municipalities have elections. For a complete list of municipalities voting on this date, please visit the South Carolina Elections website: https://www.scvotes.gov/sites/default/files/2021-10-4.pdf

Greenwood County Council Special Election held on Tue Dec 28, 2021

Type

Deadlines

New Voter Registration

  • Online by Sun Nov 28, 2021 11:59pm EST
  • Postmarked by Sun Nov 28, 2021
  • In-Person, Received by Sun Nov 28, 2021

Absentee Ballot Request

Received by Fri Dec 24, 2021 5:00pm EST

Absentee Ballot Return

Received by Tue Dec 28, 2021 7:00pm EST

In-Person Absentee Voting

Sun Nov 28, 2021 - In the Election Office by Mon Dec 27, 2021 5:00pm EST
Includes all elections in South Carolina on Nov 2, 2021. This includes all municipal elections, referenda, primaries, and special elections. Please be aware not all municipalities have elections. For a complete list of municipalities voting on this date, please visit the South Carolina Elections website.

Registration

You can register to vote or update your registration information:

  • online
  • by mail
  • in person at your elections office

Election Day Voting

Polling places are open from 7am to 7pm on Election Day.

Find my polling place

Early Voting

Early voting consists of completing and casting an absentee ballot at the voter registration office in your county of residence. You may vote absentee in person up until 5pm on the day before the election.

Absentee Voting

You must be a registered voter in South Carolina to vote absentee and meet one of the qualifications below:

  • You are student attending school outside your county of residence (includes spouses and dependents).
  • You are a members of the Armed Forces or Merchant Marine serving outside your county of residence (includes spouses and dependents).
  • You are serving with the American Red Cross or with the United Service Organizations (USO) who are attached to and serving with the Armed Forces outside your county of residence (includes spouses and dependents).
  • For reasons of employment you will not be able to vote on Election Day.
  • You are physically disabled.
  • You are a government employee serving outside their county of residence on Election Day (includes spouses and dependents).
  • There is a death or funeral in the family within three days before the election.
  • You plan to be on vacation outside their county of residence on Election Day
  • You are a certified poll watcher, poll manager, or county election official working on Election Day
  • Overseas Citizens.
  • You are attending sick or physically disabled persons.
  • You have been admitted to the hospital as an emergency patient on Election Day or within a four-day period before the election.
  • You are serving as a juror in state or federal court on Election Day.
  • You are 65 years of age or older.
  • You are confined to a jail or pre-trial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial.

You are eligible to vote in South Carolina if you:

  • Are a U.S citizen
  • Are a resident of South Carolina
  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day
  • Live in the precinct in which you want to vote

You are NOT eligible to vote in South Carolina if:

  • You have been legally declared "mentally incompetent" by a court
  • You are in prison or detention or jail or penal institution
  • You are on parole for a felony conviction or convicted of a felony

Restorative Requirements

  • You are a convicted felon involving moral turpitude, unless your voting rights have been restored.

Student Eligibility

If you are a student, you are eligible to vote in South Carolina if:

  • You reside in South Carolina but are attending college in another state
  • You reside in another state but attend college in South Carolina
  • South Carolina does not accept student ID; refer to South Carolina Identification Requirements section

Voter Registration

To register to vote in South Carolina you should provide:

  • Your South Carolina Driver's License or State ID Number (online applicants only)
  • Your Social Security Number

If you are registering to vote for the first time by mail, you will need to provide a copy of a valid ID. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Current and Valid Photo ID
  • Government Issued Document that shows your current name and address
  • Current Utility Bill or Pay Check or Bank Statement

ID is not required if you are 65 or older, have a temporary or permanent physical disability, are a member of the active uniformed services or merchant marine who is absent from the county for active duty, or a spouse or dependent thereof, or are currently living outside the U.S. but otherwise eligible to vote

Voting In-Person

In South Carolina, you need to show a valid ID to vote. You can use any ID from this list:

  • Valid South Carolina Driver's License
  • Valid South Carolina Voter ID Card with Photo
  • Valid ID Issued by the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, Transportation, Highway Safety, etc.
  • Valid US Passport
  • Valid Military ID

Domestic Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

Absentee Ballot Request

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Blank Ballot To Voter

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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