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South Carolina voter registration guide

Last updated: June 2, 2020
  • You can register to vote in-person.
  • You can register to vote online in South Carolina.
  • Military and overseas voters follow a different process.

South Carolina voter registration deadlines

  • In-person: 30 days before Election Day
  • By-mail: 30 days before Election Day
  • Online: 30 days before Election Day

South Carolina voter registration rules

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, and live in the county and precinct where you are registering
  • not be confined in any public prison resulting from a conviction of a crime
  • never have been convicted of a felony or offense against Election Day 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

Register to vote online in South Carolina

You will 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 do not have the correct ID, you can still register to vote by mail

Register to vote by-mail in South Carolina

  1. Review the “Voter registration rules” section above and check that you're eligible.
  2. Download and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
  3. Box 6 - ID Number: South Carolina requires you to provide your full social security number. This is for internal purposes only. Your social security number will not appear on any public record and will not be released to any unauthorized individual.
  4. Box 7 - Choice of Party: You do not have to register with a party if you want to take part in that party’s primary election, caucus, or convention.
  5. Box 8 - Race or Ethnic Group: This information is required, but your voter registration form will not be rejected if you leave this blank.
  6. Print, date, and sign the form. If you do not have a printer, you can print the form out at any local library. If you do not have a stamp, you can buy one from any grocery store: just ask the cashier to sell you one.
  7. Mail your voter registration form to the mailing address below. For faster delivery, send the form directly to your local election office.
  8. Your voter registration form must be 30 days before Election Day

Double-check your South Carolina voter registration status

If you can't remember if you're registered to vote, or you want to make sure your information is correct, you can check your South Carolina registration using the South Carolina voter registration lookup tool.


Need help registering to vote in South Carolina?

Your local election office is responsible for running elections in your area. You should contact your local election office if you have questions about registering to vote. Mail your voter registration form to your local election office for faster processing.

State election office

This is the state-wide agency that is ultimately responsible for South Carolina elections. You can mail your voter registration form to this address. For faster processing, mail your form to your local election office.

State Election Commission  
P.O. Box 5987  
Columbia, SC 29250‐5987