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SC

South Carolina ID Needed for Voter Registration

If you are registering for the first time by mail, you must attach a copy of a current valid photo ID or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address in the county where you wish to vote. If you do not provide this identification information by mail, you will be required to provide it when you vote.

South Carolina Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to vote in South Carolina you must be:

  • A United States citizen
  • At least 18 years old on or before the election
  • A resident of South Carolina
  • Not under a court order declaring you mentally incompetent
  • Not confined in any public prison resulting from a conviction of a crime
  • Not convicted of a felony or offense against the election laws or if previously convicted, have served the entire sentence, including probation or parole, or have received a pardon for the conviction

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 Election Dates

The next election date is Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (General Election). The in person registration deadline is Friday, October 5, 2018. Online or faxed registrations must be submitted by Sunday, October 7, 2018. Mailed registrations must be postmarked by Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

Contact your local Board of Elections for more information.

South Carolina ID Needed for Voting

You will be asked to show one of the following Photo IDs on Election Day:

  • South Carolina Driver's License
  • ID Card Issued by South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles
  • South Carolina Voter Registration Card with Photo
  • Federal Military ID
  • U.S. Passport

If you do not have one of the above photo IDs, you can get one for free by:

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