How to register to vote in South Carolina

This guide contains information about the 2018 midterm election held on November 6. It may be out-of-date.
 
South Carolina offers online voter registration. You can register to vote by mail in South Carolina by printing a voter registration form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer.

Who can vote

To register in South Carolina you must:
  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be at least 18 years old on or before the next election
  • be a resident of South Carolina, your county and precinct
  • not be confined in any public prison resulting from a conviction of a crime
  • never have been convicted of a felony or offense against the election laws, or if previously convicted, have served your entire sentence, including probation or parole, or have received a pardon for the conviction
  • not be under a court order declaring you mentally incompetent
  • claim the address on the application as your only legal place of residence and claim no other place as your legal residence

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. If you don't have the correct ID, you can still register to vote by mail.
  • You can register online until Wednesday, October 17.

By-mail voter registration

Use the National Voter Registration Form

  1. Print and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
  2. Box 6 - ID Number: Your full 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)
  3. Box 7 - Choice of Party: South Carolina does NOT require that you register with a party to participate in partisan primary elections.
  4. Box 8 - Race or Ethnic Group: You are required by the Federal Voting Rights Act to fill in this box. Your application may be rejected if you fail to do so.
  5. Review the "Who can vote?" section above and check that you're eligible.
  6. Sign the form.
  7. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Wednesday, October 17.

Use the South Carolina voter registration form

You can also 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. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Wednesday, October 17.

In-person voter registration

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Military and overseas voters

Active-duty military, their families, and voters living outside the US can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:
  1. 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.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
  5. 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.
If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:
  • 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.
The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in South Carolina.

Check your voter registration status

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using South Carolina's voter registration lookup tool.

Dates and deadlines

  • Election day is Tuesday, November 6.
  • The deadline to register online is Wednesday, October 17.
  • The deadline for registering to vote by mail is Wednesday, October 17.
  • The deadline to register to vote in person is Wednesday, October 17.

Election contact information for South Carolina

Address:
State Election Commission
1122 Lady Street, Suite 500
Columbia, SC 29201

Phone Number:
(803) 734-9060