be at least 18 years old on or before the next election
be a resident of South Carolina, your county and precinct not be confined in any public prison resulting from a conviction of a crime
never have been convicted of a felony or offense against Election Day laws, or if previously convicted, have served your entire sentence, including probation or parole, or have received a pardon for the conviction
not be under a court order declaring you mentally incompetent
claim the address on the application as your only legal place of residence and claim no other place as your legal residence
Once you receive the ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
Place your voted ballot in the accompanying “Ballot Herein” envelope, place that in the return envelope provided.
Sign the return envelope in the presence of a witness.
Mail your voted ballot back to the address indicated on the return envelope.
Your voted ballot must arrive by the deadline or it will not be counted.
South Carolina early voting
If you can't vote in person on Election Day you can vote "absentee in-person" soon as ballots are available. You can apply for and vote your absentee ballot during the same visit to your Local Election Office.
Absentee in-person voting ends 5 p.m. the day before Election Day
South Carolina voter ID
You must bring one of the following photo IDs with you to vote early in person or on Election Day:
South Carolina driver’s license
South Carolina ID card with a photo
US Armed Forces ID with a photo
If you can’t get an ID for one of the following reasons, you can bring your non-photo voter registration card and certify that you can’t get an ID:
Disability or illness
Lack of transportation
Lack of birth certificate
Family responsibilities or a conflict with work schedule
A religious objection to being photographed
Any other obstacle that the voter determines is a “reasonable” obstacle to obtaining a photo ID
Local Election Office: This is the government office responsible for running elections in your region. Theses are the best people to contact if you have any questions at all about voting in your state.
If you are a first-time South Carolina voter and you registered to vote by mail, you should provide a copy of your ID with your absentee ballot application. If you forget, you'll need to include it with your absentee ballot. Acceptable forms of ID include a current and valid photo ID OR a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and South Carolina address. If you never provide ID, you're ballot will be considered a provisional ballot, which means it might not be counted. If you are a first-time South Carolina voter and you registered to vote in person you do not need to provide additional ID with your absentee ballot.If you have already voted in South Carolina , either in person or by absentee ballot, you do not need to provide ID during the absentee voting process.
South Carolina requires all applicants to include their full Social Security number on their voter registration forms. This number is used to make sure that one person has not registered multiple times. If you are registering for the first time in your county, you MUST attach a copy of a current and valid photo identification OR a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and South Carolina address. If you do not provide your ID, you'll have to provide it the first time you vote.first time
The deadline to apply for a regular absentee ballot is four days before an election. Voters admitted to the hospital as an emergency patient on the day of the election or within four days of the election can have an immediate family member apply and carry a ballot to the voter. Contact your South Carolinacounty election commission/voter registration office for information on how to obtain an emergency absentee ballot.
Find everything you need to vote in our state election centers