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South Carolina

Abbreviation: 
SC

South Carolina Early Voting

You can vote early in person by visiting your county voter registration office and completing an application for absentee ballot. You may then vote absentee in person until 5pm on the day before the election.

South Carolina Poll Worker Information

In order to be a poll worker in South Carolina:

  • You must be registered to vote in South Carolina
  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • You must be a resident of the county 30 days prior to the election
  • You must complete required training
  • Students 16 years or older may serve as poll manager's assistant

You will be entitled to compensation

To sign up, contact your local board of elections.

South Carolina Absentee Ballot Process

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

South Carolina Registration Deadline

You must be registered 30 days prior to Election Day. Registration by mail applications must be postmarked at least 30 days prior to that particular election to be eligible.

There is no length of residency requirement in South Carolina in order to register to vote.

South Carolina Overseas and Military Voters

You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependant of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.

If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.

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Information on local, state and federal candidates and ballot measures may be available here.

To see a list of available races, visit the race index.

South Carolina Voting Machines

The voting system used in South Carolina is DRE. Optical Scan machines are used for mail-out absentee ballots.

Direct Recording Electronic (DRE): This is the newest kind of system in use in the U.S. All the information about who and what you are voting for is on an electronic screen like a TV or computer screen.

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The polls will be open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.

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Assistance in marking a ballot is allowed only if you are blind, illiterate or physically handicapped. If you are entitled to receive assistance you may choose anyone to assist except your employer, an agent of your employer, or an officer or agent of your union. If you, because of physical handicap or age (65 or older,) cannot enter the polling place in which you are registered to vote, or are unable to stand in line to vote, you may vote outside that polling place in the closest available parking area utilizing the vehicle in which you have driven or have been driven to the polls.

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For information on federal campaign contributions, please visit Open Secrets.

For information on state campaign contributions, please visit your state's resource.

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