SOUTH
CAROLINA

VOTING GUIDE

Including Student Information

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+ Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

  • Voter Registration Deadline: 30 days before Election Day
  • General Election Registration Deadline: emailed to your county voter registration office or postmarked by October 17, 2018
  • General Election: November 6, 2018

+ Official Election Websites

+ Register at School or Home

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.
Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.
You may only be registered and vote in one location.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

South Carolina’s voter registration paper form asks for your full Social Security Number. To register online you must have a valid South Carolina ID.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

Before voters can cast a ballot, they must present a

  • South Carolina driver’s license,
  • photo ID issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles,
  • passport,
  • military ID with a photo, or
  • South Carolina voter registration card with a photo.

+ Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: www.scvotes.org

+ How Can I Vote?

By Mail

South Carolina voter may request an absentee ballot if they qualify under one of 16 reasons. Reasons included:

  • Students attending school outside their county of residence,
  • Persons who are physically disabled,
  • Persons who for reasons of employment will not be able to vote on election day,
  • Persons who plan to be on vacation outside their county of residence on Election Day

A full list of qualifying reasons and the absentee ballot request form are available at www.scvotes.org/absentee-voting

Request for an absentee ballot must be submitted to your county voter registration office by 5 p.m. the fourth day before Election Day and may be submitted by mail, email, or fax.

Completed absentee ballots must be returned to your county voter registration office by the close of polls on Election Day.

Early In-Person

You may also request an absentee ballot at your country voter registration office in-person up until 5 p.m. the day before Election Day.

The same voter ID rules apply when requesting as absentee ballot in-person as do when voting on Election Day.

Election Day

Voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time then you will be allowed to vote.

+ Common Questions/Concerns

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

  • Federal Financial Aid
    • Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA
  • Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes
    • Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes
  • Tuition Status
    • Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community

Will registering to vote in South Carolina affect my driver’s license or car registration?

  • South Carolina does not require newly registered voters to obtain a South Carolina driver’s license or register their vehicles there.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed South Carolina legal professional.

Last updated October 2018