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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

Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Be at least 18 years old on Election Day, Nov 6
  • 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

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 6

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 6
  • 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 6, because of your job
  • You’re a government employees who’s serving outside of your county on Election Day, Nov 6, or you’re a spouse or dependent who lives with them
  • You’re on vacation on Election Day, Nov 6
  • You’re serving on a jury on Election Day, Nov 6
  • You’re admitted to the hospital for an emergency starting Nov 4 through Election Day, Nov 6
  • 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 6
  • You’re 65 or older
Absentee ballot received by
November 6

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 6

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 6
  • 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