Voter Registration Requirements

  • You need to be a United States citizen.
  • You need to be 18 or older on Election Day.
  • You need to be a resident of South Carolina, in the county and precinct where you plan on voting.
  • You can't be under a court order declaring you mentally incompetent.
  • You can't be confined in any public prison resulting from a conviction of a crime.
  • You can't have been convicted of a felony or offense against the election laws. If you've been previously convicted, you need to have served the entire sentence, including probation or parole, or have received a pardon for the conviction.
  • You need to be able to claim the address you put on your registration as your only legal residence -- and you can't claim any other place as your legal residence.
  • If you're a first-time voter who registers by mail, you're required to submit proof of identification either at the time of registration or when you vote. You can include a copy of your identification with your registration form today! Acceptable forms of ID include: a current utility bill, bank statement, valid photo ID, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.

Don't forget -- your state may have additional ID requirements when you go to the polls.

If you have additional questions about voting in South Carolina, please contact:

South Carolina State Election Commission: (803)-734-9060;

Registration Deadline

  • Postmarked by: 30 days before Election Day.

Felony Information

Under South Carolina law, if you have been convicted of crime (including a misdemeanor), you may not register and vote while you are incarcerated. If you were convicted of a misdemeanor, you may register and vote when you are released from prison. If you were convicted of a felony or an offense against the election laws, you may register and vote when you have completed all the terms of your sentence (including parole, probation, and any fines), or if you were pardoned. When you re-register, you may be required to show proof that you have completed your sentence. For more information, visit the South Carolina State Election Commission's website.

Information for Students

  • You must be a resident of the state in which you register and vote. If you're a student from South Carolina who attends school in another state, you may need to determine whether you're a South Carolina resident or a resident of the state where you attend school. The important thing to keep in mind is that you may only cast your vote in one state.
  • Here's what South Carolina says about residency: Under South Carolina law, your residence (or "domicile") is the fixed place where you live and to which, whenever you're away, you intend to return. For voting purposes, you have changed your domicile if you have abandoned your prior home and established a new one, which you intend to make your home and which you don't presently intend to leave. Factors to consider when determining your domicile include: your address on your tax return, your mailing address, your address on your driver's license, you address for educational purposes (such as for determining tuition at a university), and the address you use for membership in clubs and organizations.
  • If you determine you're a South Carolina resident, but will not be present in this state or will be away from your home district on Election Day, be sure to check the absentee ballot application requirements and deadlines. In addition, South Carolina residents who attend school in-state, but in a different election district, may be eligible to register and vote in the election district where they live while attending school.
  • To determine whether you're a resident of a different state where you attend school, be sure to check that state's residency requirements.

Identification Information

South Carolina says that you need to bring ONE of the following forms of identification:

  • Voter registration card, or
  • Driver's license, or
  • DMV-issued ID card
If you are a first-time voter who registered by mail, and you did not submit proof of ID with your registration application, you may not vote with only your voter registration card; you must show your driver's license or DMV-issued ID card.

Same Day Registration


Early Voting Information

If you can't make it to the polls on Election Day, you can vote early by mail or in person if you meet certain requirements. To vote early in person, the deadline to request your ballot is 5:00 p.m. the day before the election, and your completed ballot must be returned by 5:00 p.m. on Election Day. To vote early by mail, the request for your ballot has to be received by at least 4 days before the election, and your completed ballot must be returned by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

To vote ealy in South Carolina you must be ANY ONE of the following:

  • Students, their spouses, and dependents residing with them; or
  • Members of the Armed Forces, Merchant Marines, Red Cross, USO, government employees, their spouses and dependents residing with them; or
  • Overseas citizens; or
  • For reasons of employment will not be able to vote on Election Day; or
  • Physically disabled persons; or
  • Persons on vacation; or
  • Persons age 65 or older; or
  • Persons admited to the hospital as emergency patients on the day of the election or at least four days prior to the election; or
  • Electors with a death or funeral in the family within 3 days before the election; or * Persons confined to a jail or pre-trial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial; or
  • Persons attending sick or physically disabled persons; or
  • Persons serving as jurors in a state or federal court on Election Day; or
  • Certified poll watchers and poll managers

Secretary of State