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South Carolina Absentee Ballot Process

You may vote by absentee ballot for any of the following reasons:

  • You are on vacation or outside the county on Election Day
  • You are a member of the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine, and your spouse and dependents who reside with you are also eligible
  • You are, for reasons of employment, not able to vote on election day
  • You are physically disabled
  • You are 65 years of age or older
  • You are serving as a juror in state or federal court on election day
  • You are admitted to the hospital as an emergency patient on the day of election or within a four-day period before the election
  • You are confined to a jail or pre-trial facility pending disposition of arrest or trail
  • You are a certified poll watcher, poll manager and county election official working on election day
  • You are a student attending school outside your county of residence or are a spouse or dependent of such a student
  • You are a person serving with the American Red Cross or with the United Service Organizations who are attached to and serving with the Armed Forces outside your county of residence or a spouse or dependent of such a person
  • You are a Government employee serving outside your county of residence on Election Day or a spouse or dependent of such a person
  • You are a person with a death or funeral in the family within three days before the election
  • You are an overseas voter
  • You are a person attending to a sick or physically disabled person

To request an absentee ballot by mail, request the application and either email, mail or fax your county voter registration office. You will then be mailed an application. Complete the application, sign and return the completed application to you county voter registration office by 5pm on the 4th day before the election. You may return the application in person or by mail, email or fax. You will then be mailed an absentee ballot.

To check the status of your absentee ballot, please use your state's tool.

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