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COVID-19 Voting Update: All voters are now qualified to vote absentee under the "State of Emergency" reason. On October 5, the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated a mandate that absentee ballots require witness signatures. The order will not apply to ballots cast before October 5 or those mailed by October 7, but will apply to ballots going forward for the November 2020 election.

[updated October 6, 2020]


Check your registration status:

Register online:

Register by mail:

Find your County Board of Voter Registration:

Absentee eligibility:

Request absentee ballot:

Track your absentee ballot:

Find your polling location:

Find your sample ballot:

Campus Vote Project:


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Hi South Carolina, If you want to vote, first you need to get registered.

If you’re not sure whether you’re registered yet, there’s a link in the description where you can go check. If you’re not registered, or you need to update your name or address, there’s another link below where you can go register online right now, as long as you have a South Carolina driver’s license or state ID.

If you don’t have a South Carolina license, you’ll have to apply by mail using the form linked below and mail it to your county board of voter registration. There’s a link to their addresses in the description. Once you’re registered, you get to vote.

In most cases, you’re going to be voting in person on November 3rd, but you can vote absentee by mail if you will be out of state on election day, if you are over 65, or you have an illness, disability, work shift, or religious belief that prevents you from going to the polls. If any of those apply to you, you can request a ballot by filling out a form in the link below, printing it out and mailing it in. You can request your ballot any time between now and October 30th, but the sooner you get your request in, the sooner you get your ballot, and the longer you will have to look it over, research candidates, and vote before you send it in by November 3rd.

If you qualify to vote absentee by mail, you can also go vote in person at your county’s. Board of Elections and Voter Registration office between October 5th and November 2nd. A link that has all of their locations and hours is in the description below.

For everyone else, there’s a link to find out where you need to go to vote on November 3rd. Polls are open from 7am to 7pm and you’ll need to bring an ID. A valid South Carolina driver’s license, State ID, military ID, or passport all work.

If you don’t have one of those, you can go to your county voter registration office or DMV to get a free voter ID card. You should figure out what form of ID you are going to use now, so you have enough time to get one if you need one. You can use the same link you used to find your polling place to look at a sample ballot that tells you everything you’ll be able to vote for.

You don’t have to vote for every single item on the ballot--you can leave things blank if you want to, but your local elections can be pretty important, so it’s worth checking out what’s on there ahead of time. You can even print it out and bring it to the polls with you so you don’t forget how you wanted to vote. One last thing: if you’re going to vote—open up your notes app or grab a piece of paper and make a plan now.

Write down when and how you’re going to register, what time you’re gonna vote, how you’re gonna get there, what ID you’re going to use, even who you’re going to bring to the polls with you. Having a plan is a great way to make sure that nothing unexpected stops you from voting on November 3rd. All the links you need to check your registration and polling location are in the description.

Thanks for being a voter. How To Vote in Every State is produced by Complexly in partnership with The MediaWise Voter Project, which is led by The Poynter Institute and supported by Facebook.