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Details that follow come directly from the official SC Election Commission website and is general, non-partisan information.
VOTING IN PERSON
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When voting in person, you will be asked to show one of the following Photo IDs at your polling place:
- SC Driver's License
- SC Department of Motor Vehicles ID Card
- SC Voter Registration Card with Photo
- Federal Military ID
- US Passport
Where to Vote
When to Vote
Polling places are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. Anyone in line at 7:00 p.m. will be allowed to vote.
H.5305/R.149, signed into law on September 16, 2020, made significant changes to absentee voting rules for the November 3, 2020 General Election.
- All voters are now qualified to vote absentee under the “State of Emergency” reason.
- Deadline to apply for an absentee by mail ballot:
- Applications for absentee-by-mail ballots must be received by the voter registration office by 5:00 p.m., Saturday, October 24
- An Authorized Representative acting on behalf of a voter who is unable to go to the polls due to an illness or disability may return the application by 5:00 p.m., Friday, October 30.
How to Vote Absentee in the 2020 General Election
Qualified voters can vote absentee in person or by mail. Photo ID is required to vote absentee in person. Photo ID is not required to vote absentee by mail.
Step 1: Visit your county voter registration office or extension office.
- Begins Monday, October 5.
- Ends 5:00 p.m., Monday, November 2.
Step 2: Complete an application.
Step 3: Cast your ballot.
Step 1: Get your application (available now).
Get the application online. You must be able to print your application.
- A member of a voter's immediate family or Authorized Representative can also request the application (see Authorized Representative at www.scvotes.gov/new-absentee-rules-2020-general-election).
Step 2: Complete, sign and return the application to your county voter registration office.
- Return by mail, email, fax or personal delivery.
- Return as soon as possible and no later than 5:00 p.m., Saturday, October 24.
- An Authorized Representative must return the application by 5:00 p.m., Friday, October 30 (see Authorized Representative information at www.scvotes.gov/new-absentee-rules-2020-general-election).
Step 3: Receive your absentee ballot in the mail.
Step 4: Vote and return the ballot to your county voter registration office or extension office.
- Be sure to sign the voter's oath and have your signature witnessed. If you need someone to witness your signature, email Sara Chesley at Charleston Jewish Family Services, and one of our JFS volunteers will be happy to help you.
- Return your ballot either by mail, personal delivery or authorized returnee (see Authorized Returnee information at www.scvotes.gov/new-absentee-rules-2020-general-election).
- Your ballot must be received by 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3.
- If returning your ballot by mail, mail it as soon as possible, preferably a week before election day, to help ensure timely delivery.
- You can check the status of your absentee ballot HERE.