With the election coming close, many already decided citizens are just waiting for their opportunity to vote. Fortunately, 40 states (plus District of Columbia) allow some form of voting before the election on November 3rd.

Each state has its own rules, deadlines and terminology for voting before the general election. Some call it "early voting" or "in-person absentee". Others are mailing out ballots in advance which you can mail back or drop off in secure boxes or at county offices. Some states conclude early voting several days before the election.

This site attempts to make finding the details for your state's early voting rules convenient and accurate. Get your vote in early and relax.

Early voting has started in South Carolina!

You have until November 2, 2020 to vote before election day.

Can you early vote in person?

It is now possible to vote early in South Carolina! Legislation was signed into law on September 16, 2020, that makes 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.
  • Applications must be received by the voter registration office by 5:00 p.m., Saturday, October 24.

Do I need a witness signature?

  • The safest practice at this time is to have your signature witnessed. The public will be notified of any changes to the witness requirement through the media and at scvotes.gov. The witness can be any registered voter of age 18+, provided that they are not running for office.
  • Note that at this time, a court has ruled you do not need a witness signature on your absentee return envelope for your ballot to count. However, it is possible this court ruling could change.

To cast your early in-person ballot:

  1. Beginning Monday, October 5, and ending at 5pm on Monday, November 2, visit your county voter registration office or extension office.
  2. Complete an application.
  3. Cast your ballot.

Can you early vote by mail?

Any registered South Carolina voter can request an absentee ballot and vote by mail.

What about on election day?

ID requirements

South Carolina voters must provide last four digits of their social security number with their voter registration application.

How do I make sure I'm registered to vote?

To register in South Carolina you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be at least 18 years old by Election Day
  • be a resident of South Carolina, and live in the county and precinct where you are registering
  • not be confined in any public prison resulting from a conviction of a crime
  • never have been convicted of a felony or offense against Election Day laws, or if previously convicted, have served your entire sentence, including probation or parole, or have received a pardon for the conviction
  • not be under a court order declaring you mentally incompetent

Can I register online?

South Carolina voters must include their South Carolina driver's license number or state ID number, AND their full social security number with their online voter registration application.

Register to vote online here

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