Absentee Voting

In SC, you can only vote absentee if you meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Members of the Armed Forces or Merchant Marine serving outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them (click here for additional information)

  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 (click here for additional information)

  4. Persons who are physically disabled

    *If you are caring for a dependent, there a few extra steps and authorizations required. Please see scvotes.org for more info.
  5. Students attending school outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with the

  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

 

In-person instructions

Go to you local Board of Elections with valid ID- Click here to find you county Board of Elections

 

Mail-in Instructions

Step 1: Get an absentee application in one of two ways:

Step 2:  You've now printed your application online or received your application in the mail.  You must now complete and sign the application and return it to your county voter registration office. You should return the application as soon as possible but no later than 5:00 p.m. on the 4th day prior to the election, which is Friday, November 3rd.  You may return the application by mail, email, fax, or personal delivery.

Step 3:  Receive your absentee ballot in the mail.

Step 4:  Vote the ballot following ballot instructions and return it to the county voter registration office in your county of residence by 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election.  You may return the ballot personally or by mail. You may also have another person return the ballot for you, but you must first complete an authorization to return absentee ballot form, available from your county voter registration office.