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South Carolina

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Voter Friendliness

Voting Requirements
Difficult
Registration Difficulty
Difficult
Voting Accessibility
Needs Improvement

Upcoming Elections

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Voting Qualifications

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

Deadlines

Absentee Ballot

Mail  - 
Received by Election Day
Mail  - 
Request 10 days before Election Day
In Person  - 
Request 1 day before Election Day

Voter Registration

Online  - 
30 days before Election Day
Mail  - 
30 days before Election Day
In Person  - 
30 days before Election Day

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Party Affiliation

 South Carolina does not have registration by party. Voters may vote in either party's primary, but not both.

Absentee Voter Rules

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).

Voter Identification

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