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Registering and Voting Requirements in SC

Update your SC Voter Registration Address or Name

If your address or name has changed, you MUST update that information with the Dept. of Motor Vehicles before proceeding with Online Voter Registration. The change of address form can also double for name changes. You can access the address change form on DMV Online.

Once you have updated information on your driver's license, you can update your registration.

How to Vote in SC as a College Student

Not Registered? To be eligible to vote, you must be a U.S. citizen who will be at least 18 years old on Election Day and you must also have registered to vote. Students may register to vote where they live while attending college. Register in SC by clicking here Note that you will need a valid driver's license or other ID.

Already registered in another state and want to vote absentee by mail? Go to Long Distance Voter Allow at least 30 days in advance of an election for snail mail.

Already registered to vote in SC? Make sure your address is current. You can update your name or address online with SC DMV.

Already registered to vote in SC and want to vote by absentee ballot? Click here.

The ID Required at the Polls in order to Vote in SC

If you are registered to vote in SC and want to vote at your polling place, make sure you have one of the following current Photo IDs:

-SC Driver's License
-SC DMV ID,
-Voter Registration Card with a Photo
-Federal Military ID
-US Passport
If you don't have any of these Photo IDs, get one for free from your county voter registration office or your local DMV.

If you can't get one, bring your paper voter registration card without a photo with you to the polls, state why you don't have photo ID, and vote a provisional ballot that will count. Here is more info on SC's photo id requirements.

SC's 16 Reasons You May Vote Absentee by Mail or Early in Person

You can request an absentee ballot by mail.

If you are properly registered, you may get an absentee ballot by clicking on the name of your county here.

For each election, there are typically several days and locations where you may vote early by in-person absentee voting. Our website will have this timely information before the election.

1. Members of the Armed Forces or Merchant Marines serving outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them,
2. Persons serving with the American Red Cross or with the United Service Organizations (USO) who are attached to and serving with the Armed Forces outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them
3. Overseas Citizens
4. Persons who are physically disabled
5. Students attending school outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them
6. Persons who for reasons of employment will not be able to vote on election day
7. Government employees serving outside their county of residence on Election Day and their spouses and dependents residing with them
8. Persons who plan to be on vacation outside their county of residence on Election Day
9. Persons serving as a juror in state or federal court on Election Day
10. Persons admitted to the hospital as emergency patients on Election Day or within a four-day period before the election
11. Persons with a death or funeral in the family within three days before the election
12. Persons confined to a jail or pre-trial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial
13. Persons attending sick or physically disabled persons
14. Certified poll watchers, poll managers, and county election officials working on Election Day
15. Persons sixty-five years of age or older
16. Persons who for religious reasons do not want to vote on a Saturday (Presidential Primaries Only)

Registering as 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.

Voters with Disabilities

  • SC State Election Commission provides information for voters with disabilities. Includes videos.
  • Ramp your voice has more specific information for SC voters with disabilities
  • Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities Hotline for all disability-related issues (1-866-275-7273)

Special Help for Voters over Age 65

Persons without a Permanent Residence

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.

Get Your Sample Ballot

You may obtain your sample ballot to be prepared for the exact races you will be voting on in the voting booth. This page will also find your polling location and check your registration status.

Or you may view Candidate listings by county, office, party or name

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Choosing National Candidates

US_Capitol It is important to vote for the candidates with whom you agree on issues. These sites will help you make that determination for federal offices.

Vote411 - Get your personalized ballot for the federal elections; some candidates have posted responses to issue questions posed by the LWVUS