COVID-19 info

  • All registered voters are allowed to apply for and cast an absentee ballot for the 2020 general election.
  • Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

South Carolina absentee ballot deadlines

Request deadlines

  • In Person: 4 days before Election Day, unless the individual is already a registered voter; then 1 day before Election Day
  • By Mail: Received 10 days before Election Day
  • Online: N/A

Ballot deadlines

  • Voted ballots are due: Received by 7pm on Election Day.

South Carolina absentee ballot rules

For the 2020 general election, all registered voters are allowed to apply for and cast an absentee ballot. For elections after 2020, you may vote by absentee ballot in South Carolina if you will be away from the county of your residence on Election Day AND one of the following:

  • you are a student away at college (or a spouse or dependent residing with the student);
  • you are serving with the American Red Cross or with the United Service Organization (USO) and are attached to and serving with the Armed Forces (or a spouse or dependent residing with such a person);
  • you are a government employee (or a spouse or dependent residing with such a person);
  • you are on vacation;
  • you live overseas.

You may vote by absentee ballot in South Carolina whether or not you will be away from the county of your residence if:

  • you are physically disabled;
  • your job prevents you from voting;
  • you are a certified poll watcher, poll manager, or county election official and you will be working on Election Day;
  • you are attending to sick or physically disabled persons;
  • you have been admitted to the hospital as an emergency patient on day of election or at least four days prior to Election Day;
  • there has been a death or funeral in your family within three days before Election Day;
  • you are on jury duty in state or federal court on Election Day;
  • you are 65 or older;
  • you are confined to a jail or pre-trial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial;
  • you are a member of the Armed Forces or Merchant Marines (or a spouse or dependent residing with such a person).

South Carolina absentee ballot directions

  1. Use our Absentee Ballot Tool to prepare your application.
  2. Sign and date the form. This is very important!
  3. Return your completed application to your Local Election Office as soon as possible. We'll provide the mailing address for you.
  4. All Local Election Offices will accept mailed or hand-delivered forms. Your Local Election Official will also let you fax or email the application.
  5. Double-check the deadlines and be sure to cast your voted ballot on time to be sure it is counted.
  6. Please contact your Local Election Office if you have any further questions about the exact process.

Tracking your ballot

You can track your ballot directly with your state.

Once you receive your ballot...

  1. Once you receive the ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
  2. Place your voted ballot in the accompanying "Ballot Herein" envelope, place that in the return envelope provided.
  3. Review and sign the oath printed on the return envelope. Also, please note that another individual must witness your signature and sign the return envelope as well.
  4. Mail your voted ballot back to the address indicated on the return envelope.
  5. Double-check the deadlines and be sure to cast your voted ballot on time to be sure it is counted.