*Update: All SC voters can now choose to vote absentee in November, per Gov. McMaster
Legislation was signed into law on September 16, 2020, that makes significant changes to absentee voting rules for the November 3, 2020 General Election.
- All voters are now qualified to vote absentee under the “State of Emergency” reason.
- Applications must be received by the voter registration office by 5:00 p.m., Saturday, October 24.
Register Online: Click here for online voter registration
- Requires S.C. Driver’s License or DMV ID
- If you have moved, you must first update your address with the DMV
Register in person – Visit your county board of voter registration and register in person. You can also register while receiving services at various agencies including the Department of Motor Vehicles. See a complete list of agencies providing voter registration under the National Voter Registration Act.
Dates & Polling Places
To Vote in Person: Election Day is Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020
- Polling places are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. Anyone in line at 7:00 p.m. will be allowed to vote.
- You must be registered at least 30 days prior to any election in order to vote in that election.
To Vote Absentee:
- To vote absentee in-person, visit your county voter registration office between Monday, September 28 and Monday, November 2nd by 5:00 p.m.
- To vote absentee by mail, you must return your application before 5:00 p.m. on the fourth day prior to the election in order to get your absentee ballot. Ballots must then be turned in to the county voter registration office by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.
Photo ID is required to vote absentee in person. Photo ID is not required to vote absentee by mail.
Voting Absentee in Person:
Step 1: Visit your county voter registration office.
Step 2: Complete an application.
Step 3. Cast your ballot.
County offices will be open for in-person absentee voting beginning on September 28 for the 2020 General Election. You may vote absentee in person up until 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election. Rules for photo ID required to vote at the polling place apply.
Additional in-person absentee locations are available in some counties for some elections.
Voting Absentee By Mail:
Step 1: Get your application.
Get the application online. You must be able to print your application.
Step 2: Complete, sign and return the application to your county voter registration office as soon as possible by email, mail, fax, or personal delivery.
- Return your application at least two weeks before election day to provide time for receiving and returning your ballot by mail.
- The deadline to return your application is 5:00 p.m. on the fourth day prior to the election. WARNING: Applying late puts your ballot at risk of not being returned by the deadline.
Step 3: Receive your absentee ballot in the mail. Voters who have applied early will be mailed their absentee ballot approximately 30 days before the election.
Step 4: Vote and return the ballot to your county voter registration office either by mail or personal delivery. Place the ballot in the “ballot here-in” envelope and place the “ballot here-in” envelope in the return envelope. Be sure to sign the voter’s oath and have your signature witnessed. Anyone can witness your signature. A notary is not necessary.
- Ballots must be received by the county voter registration office by 7:00 p.m. on election day.
- Ballots returned by mail should be mailed no later than one week prior to election day to help ensure timely delivery.
On Election Day
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Step 1: On Tuesday, November 3rd, visit your assigned polling place between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Step 2: Show your ID to the poll worker to receive your ballot.
Step 3: The poll worker will show you to an ExpressVote machine where you can cast your vote privately.