Absentee Voting In Person Or By Mail

YOU most likely qualify so check here:

Persons qualified to vote absentee:

  1. Members of the Armed Forces or Merchant Marine serving outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them (click here for additional information)

  2. 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

  3. Overseas Citizens (click here for additional information)

  4. Persons who are physically disabled

  5. Students attending school outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them

  6. Persons who for reasons of employment will not be able to vote on election day

  7. Government employees serving outside their county of residence on Election Day and their spouses and dependents residing with them

  8. Persons who plan to be on vacation outside their county of residence on Election Day

  9. Persons serving as a juror in state or federal court on Election Day

  10. Persons admitted to the hospital as emergency patients on Election Day or within a four-day period before the election

  11. Persons with a death or funeral in the family within three days before the election

  12. Persons confined to a jail or pre-trial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial

  13. Persons attending sick or physically disabled persons

  14. Certified poll watchers, poll managers, and county election officials working on Election Day

  15. Persons sixty-five years of age or older

  16. Persons who for religious reasons do not want to vote on a Saturday (Presidential Primaries Only)

  17. Residents affected by the Wando River bridge shutdown in Charleston County


Absentee voting in person ends November 5th at 5 pm

Absentee voting by mail

Step 1: Get an absentee application by completing this form: Online form to request an absentee ballot by mail and print/ sign your form


Step 2: Return the application to the county voter registration office as soon as possible, but no later than 5pm on the 4th day prior to the election. You may return the application by mail, email, fax or personal delivery.


Step 3: Receive your absentee ballot in the mail.


Step 4: Vote the ballot and return to your county voter registration office in your county of residence by 7pm on the day of the election. You may return the ballot personally or by mail. You may also have another person return the ballot for you.

Election Day Is November 6th

Here's what you need to know:

Polls are open from 7am- 7pm (anyone who is in line by 7pm will be allowed to vote)


You can find your precinct here: Find your election day precinct


Please bring your photo ID. You will be asked to show one of the following 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


If you forget to bring your photo ID to the polling place:

You may vote on a provisional ballot that will count only if you show your Photo ID to the election commision prior to certification of the election.


If you can’t get a Photo ID:

Bring your non-photo voter registration card with you to the polling place. You may vote a provisional ballot after signing an affidavit stating you have a reasonable impediment to obtaining Photo ID. A reasonable impediment is any valid reason, beyond your control, which created an obstacle to obtaining Photo ID:

  • A disability or illness

  • A conflict with your work schedule

  • A lack of transportation

  • A lack of birth certificate

  • Family responsibilities

  • A religious objection to being photographed

  • Any other obstacle you find reasonable


This ballot will count unless someone proves to the election commission that you are lying about your identity or having the listed impediment.


PO Box 21012

Charleston, SC 29413


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