South Carolina Ex-Offender Voting Rights

In all states, it's a felony to vote if your voting rights are currently revoked. If you are uncertain about your status from the information provided on this page, call 1-866-OUR-VOTE for more information.

Misdemeanor convictions in South Carolina

You can vote while awaiting trial for any charge, even if incarcerated, as long as you have not lost your right to vote due to a prior conviction.

You lose the right to vote while incarcerated if you are convicted of a misdemeanor in South Carolina. Otherwise, your voting rights are not permanently affected. Once released, you can register to vote as normal. 

Felony convictions in South Carolina

You lose your right to vote if you are convicted of a felonyYou can't vote while incarcerated, while on probation, or while on parole. Your right to vote is automatically restored once you complete your full sentence.

Next steps for restoring voting rights in South Carolina

If your sentence is completed, including parole or probation, you may register to vote and cast a ballot. It is recommended to include proof of the completion of your sentence with your voter registration form.

If you have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor violating South Carolina election laws, you permanently lose the right to vote unless pardoned.

 

Helpful U.S. Vote Foundation Resources

Click here for help with: 

  • Registering to vote

  • Requesting an absentee ballot

  • Requesting a mail-in ballot

Click here for help with finding your Election Official.