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South Carolina primaries for statewide and local offices are on June 9. We are excited to be offering our nonpartisan voting guide online at Vote411.org. NEW: All South Carolina voters can now vote absentee by mail in the June 9th primary, using excuse #18: State of Emergency.

Our election website Vote411.org provides a bilingual resource page for all the 2020 election changes due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), a personalized ballot, a polling place locator, and candidate profiles and responses to election issue questions. Nonpartisan, reliable information is supplied by the League of Women Voters, candidates, and the South Carolina State Election Commission.

2020 SC Elections

For the June 9th primary, voters will choose which Republican and Democratic candidates will face off in the November general election. Only offices with multiple candidates from the same party appear on the June Primary ballot. In some cases, the winner of the primary is the winner of the entire election, when he or she does not have an opponent from another party.

You may vote in person at your polling location from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm OR request an absentee ballot that you can return by mail. All South Carolina voters may vote absentee for the June 9th primary due to the state of emergency.

You need a SC Voter ID to vote in person in SC. If you do not have one you may obtain a free Photo ID from your county voter registration and elections office or your local DMV office. If you are unable to obtain a state required photo ID for any reason, you can claim a reasonable impediment prevented you from getting one and vote a provisional ballot.

You can register to vote online at SCVotes.org! You can also update your registration online. You must do this at least 30 days before the election you want to vote in.

If you have additional questions, or are having difficulties on Election Day, you may contact the Board of Elections and Voter Registration in your county: Charleston | Berkeley | Dorchester.

You can also visit our full 2020 Election Calendar for additional election dates.

Voting in the Time of The Pandemic: Resources

The following resources are from our May 14 Community Meeting: Voting in the Time of the Pandemic:
Voting in SC elections in 2020 -- Explainer document
YouTube Video of the presentation

The League provides a brochure that addresses many of special circumstances voters may encounter. You can download Voting in South Carolina or get the Spanish version: Votar En Carolina Del Sur. This handy guide to elections in SC can be reproduced at no cost. Print two-sided and fold lengthwise.

2020 Voter Access Campaign

Responding to concern from election officials about how COVID-19 (Coronavirus) would negatively impact the 2020 elections, we launched our Voter Access Campaign.

As part of this effort, we asked Governor McMaster and state legislators to make emergency provisions to safeguard elections, including simplifying the absentee voting process and allowing no-excuse absentee voting. Currently, state election law allows voters to vote absentee for one of 18 reasons (including being age 65+, work conflicts, or vacation conflicts.)

UPDATE: In order to protect the health and safety of poll workers and voters and safeguard the election process, SC Legislators did pass legislation that allows all voters to use the "State of Emergency" excuse to vote absentee on the June 9th primary.

Voting Under Special Circumstances

Many voters have questions about specific circumstances:

In South Carolina you can vote absentee by mail for a variety of reasons, including an employment or vacation conflict, living or serving overseas, a physical disability, or being over 65. You must apply for an absentee ballot to vote by mail. For statewide elections, you may also participate in in-person absentee voting at several locations across the tricounty area before the election.

You must have a SC Voter ID to vote in SC. If you do not have one you may obtain a free Photo ID from your county voter registration and elections office or your local DMV office.

Have you moved or had a name change? You can Update your name or address on scvotes.org. You will need to update your information through the DMV first.

Are you in college in South Carolina? Voter Registration for College Students

Are you a voter over the age of 65? Chances are you are a long-time, committed voter. Here is some information for senior voters.

Are you a voter with disabilities? South Carolina offers special accommodations, including curbside voting at all polling locations. The SC Election Commission offers information for voters with disabilities.

Are you an ex-offender? South Carolina residents who have completely served their sentences, including probation or parole, can register to vote. To register, submit a new voter registration application to your county voter registration office.

Do you want to vote but don't have a permanent address? If you are currently without a permanent address, you can register to vote with assistance from a public or non-profit agency. Your voter registration card will be mailed directly to the agency and on Election Day, you will vote a provisional ballot at your polling location; no further action is required. If you are working on behalf of someone without a permanent address, see Procedures for Registering Individuals Without A Permanent Residence.