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Last update: Apr 09, 2021
Who can vote
To register in South Carolina you must:
- be a United States citizen
- be at least eighteen years old on or before the next election
- be a resident of South Carolina in the county and precinct in which you are registering
- not be under a court order declaring you mentally incompetent
- not be confined in any public prison resulting from a conviction of a crime
- You can find more information on voting rights restoration here
Online voter registration
- South Carolina offers online voter registration.
- You should know: you need a South Carolina driver's license or DMV ID card to use the online voter registration system. The address on record at the DMV needs to match the address where you're registering to vote, this can be updated online. If you don't have the correct ID, you can still register by mail to vote.
By-mail voter registration
Use the South Carolina voter registration form
You can register to vote using the South Carolina voter registration form. Be sure to read the instructions carefully and fill it out completely. Send the completed form to your local election official
Use the National Voter Registration Form
- Print and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
- Box 6 - ID Number: The last four digits of your Social Security number is required. It is required by the South Carolina Code of Laws and is used for internal purposes only. Social Security number does not appear on any report produced by the State Election Commission nor is it released to any unauthorized individual. (South Carolina Title 7-5-170)
- Box 7 - Choice of Party: South Carolina does NOT require that you register with a party to participate in partisan primary elections.
- Box 8 - Race or Ethnic Group: You are required to fill in this box. Your application may be rejected if you fail to do so.
- Review the "Who can vote?" section above and check that you're eligible.
- Sign the form.
- Send the completed form to your local election official
- If you are registering to vote for the first time in your jurisdiction and are mailing this registration application, Federal law requires you to show proof of identification the first time you vote. Proof of identification includes: A current and valid photo identification or A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document that shows your name and address. More information here.
In-person voter registration
Election Day registration
Get step-by-step help
Military and overseas voters
- Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
- Send the application to your election official.
- It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. .
- Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it.
- States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven't received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.
- You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
- If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.
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