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

All voters are qualified to vote absentee under the "State of Emergency" reason.

Data source - scvotes.gov

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

  • 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 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 no later than 5pm on the fourth day prior to the election. You may return the application by email, mail, fax, or personal delivery.

When will I receive my ballot? Chevron Icon

  • 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.

Mail Send Icon Return ballot: Received by Nov 3, 7pm

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.

Excuse Icon Excuse required, "State of Emergency" reason accepted Chevron Icon

  • Legislation was signed into law on Sept 16, 2020 that makes significant changes to absentee voting rules for the Nov 3, 2020 general election. All voters are now qualified to vote absentee under the "State of Emergency" reason. Learn which other groups can vote absentee in the below link.

Excuse Icon Excuse required, "State of Emergency" reason accepted

Legislation was signed into law on Sept 16, 2020 that makes significant changes to absentee voting rules for the Nov 3, 2020 general election. All voters are now qualified to vote absentee under the "State of Emergency" reason. Learn which other groups can vote absentee in the below link.


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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