South Carolina Voting Rights Restoration

Misdemeanor convictions in South Carolina

Can prisoners vote in jail?

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 conviction in South Carolina

Can felons vote in South Carolina?

If convicted of a felony, you lose your right to vote until your sentence is fully served. You 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.

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.



For help with:

  • Registering to vote
  • Requesting an absentee ballot
  • Requesting a mail-in ballot


For help with finding your Election Official.