State of South Carolina Voting Requirements & Information

Statewide Voter Information

U.S. Domestic Voters

General Information

Registration

You can register to vote or update your registration information:

  • online
  • by mail
  • in person at your elections office

Election Day Voting

Polling places are open from 7am to 7pm on Election Day.

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Early Voting

Any registered voter can vote early without an excuse. You may vote early in person from 8:30am until 5pm on the day before the election.

Absentee Voting

You must be a registered voter in South Carolina to vote absentee and meet one of the qualifications below:

  • You are student attending school outside your county of residence (includes spouses and dependents).
  • You are a members of the Armed Forces or Merchant Marine serving outside your county of residence (includes spouses and dependents).
  • You are serving with the American Red Cross or with the United Service Organizations (USO) who are attached to and serving with the Armed Forces outside your county of residence (includes spouses and dependents).
  • For reasons of employment you will not be able to vote on Election Day.
  • You are physically disabled.
  • You are a government employee serving outside their county of residence on Election Day (includes spouses and dependents).
  • There is a death or funeral in the family within three days before the election.
  • You plan to be on vacation outside their county of residence on Election Day
  • You are a certified poll watcher, poll manager, or county election official working on Election Day
  • Overseas Citizens.
  • You are attending sick or physically disabled persons.
  • You have been admitted to the hospital as an emergency patient on Election Day or within a four-day period before the election.
  • You are serving as a juror in state or federal court on Election Day.
  • You are 65 years of age or older.
  • You are confined to a jail or pre-trial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial.

You can no longer vote early in-person with an absentee ballot as of May 2022. You must return your absentee ballot by mail. Make sure you use the new absentee ballot application form if you apply for an absentee ballot after May 31, 2022.



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