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South Carolina Voting Quick Facts

Who Can Register to vote in South Carolina

In order to vote, South Carolina law requires one must first register to vote at least 30 days prior to the election. To be eligible to register in South Carolina you MUST:

Who Can Register?

  • be a United States citizen -be at least eighteen years old on or before the next election
  • be a resident of South Carolina, this county and precinct
  • not be under a court order declaring you mentally incompetent
  • not be confined in any public prison resulting from a conviction of a crime
  • have never been convicted of a felony or offense against the election laws OR if previously convicted, have served the entire sentence, including probation or parole, or have received a pardon for the conviction.

There is no length of residency requirement in South Carolina in order to register to vote. You can register at any time.

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How Do I Register To Vote in South Carolina

Voting At The Polls On Election Day


When voting in person, you will be asked to show one of the following Photo IDs at your polling place:

  • SC Voter Registration Card with Photo
  • SC Driver's License
  • SC Department of Motor Vehicles ID Card
  • Federal Military ID
  • US Passport

When to vote

  • 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.

Failsafe Voting

  • >Failsafe voting is designed to allow voters who have moved but failed to update their address to update their address on election day and vote. Failsafe voting is available to voters in the following situations:
  • Voter moves from one address to another within the same precinct.
  • Voter moves from one precinct to another within the same county.
  • Voter moves from one South Carolina county to another within 30 days of an election.
  • Voter moves from one state to another after the deadline to register to vote in a Presidential election in the new state of residence.

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Who Can Vote in Primary Elections in South Carolina

Both Democrats and Republicans hold Semi-Closed Primaries

While parties have the right to require additional qualifications for primary voters, no party currently does so.

Who can vote in South Carolina's Presidential Primary?

Anyone registered to vote in South Carolina up to one month before the primary. Individuals can vote ONLY in one party's Presidential Primary, not both.

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Who Can Vote Absentee in South Carolina

Procedures for voting by absentee ballot:

Qualified voters (see below) may vote absentee in person or by mail.

In Person

  • Visit your county voter registration office , complete an application, and cast your ballot. 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.

By Mail

  • Follow these steps to vote absentee by mail. Photo ID is not required to vote absentee by mail.
  • Step 1: Get an absentee application in one of two ways:
  • Get the application online. Use this link to get your application or the application of an immediate family member online. To get your application online, you must be able to print your application or save your application for printing later. You can also use this link to access your application to print again.
  • Request an application for yourself or your immediate family member from your county voter registration office by phone, mail, email, or fax. You will be mailed an application.

See complete rules below on requesting applications for other voters.

  • Step 2: You've now printed your application online or received your application in the mail. You must now complete and sign the application and return it to your county voter registration office. You should return the application as soon as possible but no later than 5:00 p.m. on the 4th day prior to the election (the 4th day is Friday for all Tuesday elections). You may return the application by mail, email, fax, or personal delivery.
  • Step 3: Receive your absentee ballot in the mail.
  • Step 4: Vote the ballot following ballot instructions and return it to your county voter registration office by 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election. You may return the ballot personally or by mail. You may also have another person return the ballot for you, but you must first complete an authorization to return absentee ballot form, available from your county voter registration office.

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What If My Address Has Changed


  • Students may register to vote where they reside while attending college.
  • Many college students who live on campus receive their mail at a campus post office box. These students must register at the physical address of their dormitory. The student's P.O. Box can be provided for mailing and contact purposes.
  • Voter Registration Drives
  • If you are planning a voter registration drive at an institution of higher learning, please make sure you have the National Voter Registration Application for students who maintain their residency outside of South Carolina. For a list of addresses of Election Commissions throughout the country please see the Election Assistance Commission web site.

To register to vote in South Carolina or update your voter registration address:

  • First, complete your address change with DMV on this website
  • Next, visit and submit an online voter registration application. This will allow you to register at your new address on file with DMV or update your voter registration to your new address on file at DMV.

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When Is The Next Election?

Upcoming Elections Calendar - Election dates and deadlines - Check South Carolina upcoming elections schedule

Poll Hours: 7:00 AM-7:00 PM

Polling places will be open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. As long as you are in line by 7:00 p.m., you will be allowed to vote.

How can I find my polling location?

If you do not know where your polling place is,you can use to find your polling place. If you have any issues or questions, please contact your County Clerk

Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?

NO: South Carolina does not provide Same Day Voter Registration. You must register to vote by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in an election. If you miss the voter registration deadline for an election you should contact your local election office.

Can I Take Time Off For Voting?

Time off to vote is subject to the employer. South Carolina state law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

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