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South Carolina

Upcoming Election Dates and Registration Deadlines

June 14, 2022

South Carolina Primary Election
Voter Registration Deadline
  • Postmarked: May 16, 2022
  • In-person request by: May 13, 2022
  • Online request by: May 15, 2022
Absentee Request Deadline
  • Post received: June 10, 2022
  • In-person request by: June 10, 2022
  • Online request by: June 10, 2022
Completed Absentee Ballot Return Deadline
  • Received by: June 14, 2022
Early Voting: No early voting in South Carolina

November 8, 2022

South Carolina General Election
Voter Registration Deadline
  • Postmarked: October 11, 2022
  • In-person request by: October 7, 2022
  • Online request by: October 9, 2022
Absentee Request Deadline
  • Post received: November 4, 2022
  • In-person request by: November 4, 2022
  • Online request by: November 4, 2022
Completed Absentee Ballot Return Deadline
  • Received by: November 8, 2022
Early Voting: No early voting in South Carolina

Helpful Resources

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Absentee Voting

You are qualified to vote by mail on an absentee ballot only if one of the following applies:

  • Members of the Armed Forces or Merchant Marine serving outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them 
  • Persons serving with the American Red Cross or with the United Service Organizations (USO) who are attached to and serving with the Armed Forces outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them
  • Overseas Citizens 
  • Persons who are physically disabled
  • Students attending school outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them
  • Persons who for reasons of employment will not be able to vote on election day
  • Government employees serving outside their county of residence on Election Day and their spouses and dependents residing with them
  • Persons who plan to be on vacation outside their county of residence on Election Day
  • Persons serving as a juror in state or federal court on Election Day
  • Persons admitted to the hospital as emergency patients on Election Day or within a four-day period before the election
  • Persons with a death or funeral in the family within three days before the election
  • Persons confined to a jail or pre-trial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial
  • Persons attending sick or physically disabled persons
  • Certified poll watchers, poll managers, and county election officials working on Election Day
  • Persons sixty-five years of age or older
  • Persons who for religious reasons do not want to vote on a Saturday (Presidential Primaries Only)

You must return your absentee ballot application four days before Election Day by 5 PM. Your completed absentee ballot must be returned to your county voter registration office by 7 PM on Election Day. 

See details of absentee voting and download the application here

Absentee In-Person Voting 

You may choose to vote early in person on an absentee ballot up until 5 PM the day before Election Day—you must bring a photo ID to vote absentee in-person. 

Visit the county voter registration office in your county of residence, complete an application, and cast your ballot. You may vote absentee in person up until 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election. Rules for photo ID required to vote at the polling place apply.

See details of in-person absentee voting here

What to Expect
on Election Day

On Election Day, polls are open from 7 AM to 7 PM ET. 

Find your polling location.

 

Voter ID Requirements

You must bring a valid photo ID to vote. Acceptable forms of photo ID include:

  • SC Driver’s License
  • SC Department of Motor Vehicles ID Card
  • SC Voter Registration Card with Photo
  • Federal Military ID
  • US Passport

Click here for more information on voter ID in South Carolina

Language Access

Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act requires certain jurisdictions to provide in-language voting materials in areas with a significant number of limited English proficient voters. 

Section 208

Section 208 of the Voting Rights Act states that, “Any voter who requires assistance to vote by reason of blindness, disability, or inability to read or write may be given assistance by a person of the voter’s choice, other than the voter’s employer or agent of the employer or office or agent of the voter’s union.” 

It is your right to bring your own interpreter to the polls, if you so choose. 

Have questions or need help voting?

Call 1-888-API-VOTE (1-888-274-8683).

Bilingual assistance is available in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Urdu, Hindi, and Bengali. Click here for more information.