How do I vote?

How do I vote?

voters at the booth

First, you must be registered to vote in South Carolina.    

You must be registered at least 30 days prior to the election in order to vote in that election.  Find out how to register. 

What are my voting options? 

You can vote in person during the two-week early voting period at county locations, or you can vote in person on Election Day at your neighborhood precinct.
Eligible voters can vote absentee by mail

What IDs can I use to vote? 

When voting in person, you'll be asked to show a photo ID, such as an ID issued by the SCDMV (driver's license, ID card, concealed weapons permit), a federal military ID, or a US passport. Learn more about required photo IDs. 

When and where can I vote in person? 

Any registered voter can vote during the two-week early voting period at any of your county's early voting locations. Voting hours are 8:30 am - 6 pm, Monday through Saturday.
On Election Day, polls are open 7 am - 7 pm at your neighborhood precinct. Anyone in line at 7 pm will be allowed to vote. 

What will I do when I go vote? 

This voting brochure explains the process.  Here's how it works: 



Can I vote absentee by mail? 

If you're age 65+ —or if you're unable to vote during the two-week early voting period or on Election Day —voting absentee by mail is an option. There are many eligibility criteria.  Find out who's eligible and how to apply. 

Can someone deliver my absentee application or ballot? 

An immediate family member or your authorized representative may act on your behalf. Read more about the qualifications, process, and restrictions

What if I am hospitalized? 

Voters admitted to the hospital as an emergency patient on the day of the election, or within four days of the election, can have an immediate family member apply for and deliver a ballot to them.

What's this I hear about election crimes? 

Effective 2022, election law violations (such as fraudulently voting, voting more than once, or impersonating a voter) are now felonies. It's also a felony to request more than five absentee applications or submit more than five absentee ballots in addition to your own. See PDF icon 2022 SC Election Law Changes.

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