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South Carolina voter registration guide

Last updated: July 20, 2020

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.

If you're not registered to vote, or you need to update your voter registration information, follow the instructions below.

South Carolina voter registration deadlines

  • Online deadline: 30 days before Election Day
  • By-mail deadline: Postmarked 30 days before Election Day
  • In-person deadline: 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 can register to vote online if you have a South Carolina driver's license or state ID card that shows your current address. If not, you can still register to vote by mail or in person.

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 postmarked 30 days before Election Day

Register to vote in person in South Carolina

  1. Contact your local election office to find exactly where to go register to vote in person.
  2. Bring your South Carolina driver's license or state ID card with you. If you don't have one, bring ONE photo ID that shows your name, and ONE document that shows your name and South Carolina address. Acceptable documents include a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, residential lease, or any government document that shows your name and address.

Local election office

Contact your local election office if you have questions about registering to vote in South Carolina.

Statewide election office

This is the statewide agency that is ultimately responsible for South Carolina elections. You can contact them with questions, but your local election office will probably respond faster.

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