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How to Register to Vote

Register Online

You’ll need your South Carolina driver’s license number or state ID card number to register online

If you’ve moved, you’ll need to update your address with the DMV before you can register to vote online.

Register Online


Check if you’re registered to vote

info.scvotes.sc.gov

1. Get the voter registration form.

Download and print the South Carolina state voter registration form or contact your county elections office to have one sent to you.

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Check the boxes to indicate you’re a US citizen and will be 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 8

Step 2 · Check the box to show if you’re registering for the first time or changing your previous name or address

Step 3 · Provide your name

Steps 4–5 · Provide your gender and race

Step 6 · Provide your Social Security number

Step 7 · Provide your street address and check the box to indicate if you live inside city limits

Step 8 · Check the box if you want to volunteer at a voting place on Election Day, Nov 8

Step 9 · (Optional) Provide your mailing address

Steps 10–11 · Provide your birthday and phone number

Step 12 · If you’ve registered to vote before, provide the address where you registered previously

Step 13 · Read the declaration and sign and date the form

Step 14 · If you’re registering to vote in your county for the first time, attach a copy of a valid photo ID or a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address

  • If you don’t submit this with your application, you’ll have to show an ID the first time you vote

3. Send the form.

Your completed form must be postmarked by Oct 8 and mailed to your county voter registration office


Check if you’re registered to vote

info.scvotes.sc.gov

1. Get the voter registration form.

Pick up the registration form at your county voter registration office.


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Check the boxes to indicate you’re a US citizen and will be 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 8

Step 2 · Check the box to show if you’re registering for the first time or changing your previous name or address

Step 3 · Provide your name

Steps 4–5 · Provide your gender and race

Step 6 · Provide your Social Security number

Step 7 · Provide your street address and check the box to indicate if you live inside city limits

Step 8 · Check the box if you want to volunteer at a voting place on Election Day, Nov 8

Step 9 · (Optional) Provide your mailing address

Steps 10–11 · Provide your birthday and phone number

Step 12 · If you’ve registered to vote before, provide the address where you registered previously

Step 13 · Read the declaration and sign and date the form

Step 14 · If you’re registering to vote in your county for the first time, attach a copy of a valid photo ID or a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address.

  • If you don’t submit this with your application, you’ll have to show an ID the first time you vote

3. Return the form.

Your completed form must be returned in person by Oct 8 to your county voter registration office


Check if you’re registered to vote

info.scvotes.sc.gov

Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Be at least 18 years old on Election Day, Nov 8
  • Live at a South Carolina address
  • Not be in jail or in prison for a felony
  • Not currently judged incompetent by a court
  • Not be serving any part of a sentence for violating an election law
Online
October 8

Mail
October 8

In Person
October 8

How to Vote

Vote early

If you’re eligible, vote before Election Day until Nov 7 by voting an absentee ballot in person. Contact your your county voter registration office for locations and hours.

Bring a form of accepted ID


Vote on Election Day
Nov 8

Polls are open 7 AM–7 PM. If you’re in line at your voting location by 7 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring a form of accepted ID


Who can vote early

You can vote early by mail or in person if you meet one of the following qualifications:

  • You’re in the military and you’re a spouse or dependent who is outside of their county of residence on Election Day, Nov 8
  • You’re serving with the American Red Cross or with the United Service Organizations who are serving with the Armed Forces outside of your county of residence, or you’re a spouse or dependent who lives with them
  • You’re a citizen living overseas
  • You’re physically disabled
  • You’re a student who’s away at school you’re a spouse or dependent who lives with them
  • You’ll be away on Election Day, Nov 8, because of your job
  • You’re a government employees who’s serving outside of your county on Election Day, Nov 8, or you’re a spouse or dependent who lives with them
  • You’re on vacation on Election Day, Nov 8
  • You’re serving on a jury on Election Day, Nov 8
  • You’re admitted to the hospital for an emergency starting Nov 4 through Election Day, Nov 8
  • You have a death or funeral in the family on or after Nov 5
  • You’re in jail or in a pre-trial facility
  • You’re a caretaker for sick or disabled people
  • You’re a certified poll watcher, poll manager, or county election official working on Election Day, Nov 8
  • You’re 65 or older
Who can vote by mail

You can vote early by mail or in person if you meet one of the following qualifications:

  • You’re in the military and you’re a spouse or dependent who is outside of their county of residence on Election Day, Nov 8
  • You’re serving with the American Red Cross or with the United Service Organizations who are serving with the Armed Forces outside of your county of residence, or you’re a spouse or dependent who lives with them
  • You’re a citizen living overseas
  • You’re physically disabled
  • You’re a student who’s away at school you’re a spouse or dependent who lives with them
  • You’ll be away on Election Day, Nov 8, because of your job
  • You’re a government employees who’s serving outside of your county on Election Day, Nov 8, or you’re a spouse or dependent who lives with them
  • You’re on vacation on Election Day, Nov 8
  • You’re serving on a jury on Election Day, Nov 8
  • You’re admitted to the hospital for an emergency starting Nov 4 through Election Day, Nov 8
  • You have a death or funeral in the family on or after Nov 5
  • You’re in jail or in a pre-trial facility
  • You’re a caretaker for sick or disabled people
  • You’re a certified poll watcher, poll manager, or county election official working on Election Day, Nov 8
  • You’re 65 or older


1. Get the absentee ballot application

If you’re eligible, request an absentee ballot application online, or call, email, or fax your county voter registration office to have an application sent to you


2. Fill out the application

Step 1 · Provide your name

Steps 2-3 · Provide your address, and the address where you want your ballot sent if different from your current address

Step 4 · Indicate that you’re requesting an absentee ballot for the Nov 8 general election

Step 5 · Provide the reason you’re requesting an absentee ballot

Step 6 · Sign and date the form


3. Send the application

Mail, fax or scan and email the signed and completed form so it’s received by 5 PM on Nov 4 at your county voter registration office


4. Vote
  • Once you receive your ballot, follow the instructions to fill the ballot and return envelope
  • Mail your completed absentee ballots so it’s received at your county voter registration office no later than 7 PM on Election Day, Nov 8
  • Check the status of your ballot on info.scvotes.sc.gov
Absentee ballot received by
November 8

Vote early

If you’re eligible, vote before Election Day until Nov 7 by voting an absentee ballot in person. Contact your your county voter registration office for locations and hours.

Bring a form of accepted ID


Vote on Election Day
November 8

Polls are open 7 AM–7 PM. If you’re in line at your voting location by 7 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring a form of accepted ID.

Voting requirements
  • Be a registered voter in South Carolina. Check if you’re registered to vote.
  • Be a US citizen
  • Live in the county and precinct where you’re registered to vote
  • Be 18 by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Not be in jail or prison for a felony, or on probation or parole
  • Not be currently declared incompetent by a court
  • Not be serving a sentence for a conviction of violating an election law

In person ID requirements

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
  • US passport

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

Frequently Asked Questions

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.
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 Carolina county election commission/voter registration office for information on how to obtain an emergency absentee ballot.