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South Carolina

Population

5,148,714

Voting-Age Pop.

3,731,348

Last Presidential Election (2016)
Clinton 41 %
Trump 55 %
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Important Dates

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Election Date

Nov 3, 2020

Registration Deadline

Oct 5, 2020

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USPS recommends mailing your ballot no later than October 27.

Source: USPS.com


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  • Online Registration

    Yes
  • Early Voting
    No
  • Same-Day Registration
    No
  • ID Required
    Yes


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Absentee/Mail-In Voting

Absentee voting is available to certain registered voters in South Carolina.

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  • No, residents of South Carolina must register for an absentee ballot for the general election.

Mail Outline Icon Is this state automatically sending an absentee or mail-in ballot?

No, residents of South Carolina must register for an absentee ballot for the general election.

Applications must be returned by: Oct 30, 5pm Chevron Icon

  • Complete, sign and return the application to your county voter registration office as soon as possible but no later than 5pm on the fourth day prior to the election.


    You may return the application by email, mail, fax, or personal delivery.

Applications must be returned by: Oct 30, 5pm

Complete, sign and return the application to your county voter registration office as soon as possible but no later than 5pm on the fourth day prior to the election.


You may return the application by email, mail, fax, or personal delivery.

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  • Oct 4: Voters who have applied early will be mailed their absentee ballot approximately 30 days before the election.

When will I receive my ballot?

Oct 4: Voters who have applied early will be mailed their absentee ballot approximately 30 days before the election.

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  • Ballots must be received by the county voter registration office by 7pm on Election Day.


    Ballots returned by mail should be mailed no later than one week prior to Election Day to help ensure timely delivery.

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Ballots must be received by the county voter registration office by 7pm on Election Day.


Ballots returned by mail should be mailed no later than one week prior to Election Day to help ensure timely delivery.

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  • These groups can vote absentee:


    - Members of the armed forces.

    - Members of the Merchant Marine.

    - Spouses and dependents residing with members of the Armed Forces or Merchant Marine.

    - 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.

    - Citizens residing overseas.

    - Persons who are physically disabled (includes illnesses and injuries).

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

    - Persons who for reasons of employment will not be able to vote on Election Day.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    - Persons attending sick or physically disabled persons.

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

    - Persons 65 or older.

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These groups can vote absentee:


- Members of the armed forces.

- Members of the Merchant Marine.

- Spouses and dependents residing with members of the Armed Forces or Merchant Marine.

- 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.

- Citizens residing overseas.

- Persons who are physically disabled (includes illnesses and injuries).

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

- Persons who for reasons of employment will not be able to vote on Election Day.

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

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

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

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

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

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

- Persons attending sick or physically disabled persons.

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

- Persons 65 or older.


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Early Voting

Can you vote early in this state?

No

Currently, early voting is not permitted in this state.


Same-Day Registration

Can you register on Election Day?

No

South Carolina requires voter registration at least 30 days prior to the election, Oct 5. If the deadline falls on a Sunday or US Postal Service holiday, the postmark deadline is extended to the next day that is not a Sunday or holiday.


Voter ID Requirements

Is an ID required to vote?

Yes

When voting in person, you will be asked to show a Photo ID. If you don't have one of the photo IDs from the list, you can get a free Photo ID from your county voter registration and elections office or your local DMV office. If you forget to bring your photo ID, you may vote a provisional ballot that will count only if you show your Photo ID to the election commission prior to certification of the election (usually Thursday or Friday after the election).



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Acceptable Forms of Identification

Make sure you're ready on Election Day with the appropriate forms of identification. Acceptable forms of ID are listed here.

Data source - scvotes.gov

Acceptable Forms of ID

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  • Federal Military ID

    Includes all Department of Defense photo IDs and Veterans Affairs Benefits Card

  • US Passport

    Includes US Passport ID Card

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  • SC Driver's License

    Includes standard license and REAL ID

  • SC Department of Motor Vehicles ID Card

    Includes standard ID card, REAL ID and SC Concealed Weapons Permit

  • SC Voter Registration Card

    With photo


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