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Request your South Carolina vote by mail ballot (also called an absentee ballot)




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South Carolina vote by mail guide

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South Carolina vote by mail deadlines

  • Earliest day to apply: January 1, 2020
  • Request your mail-in ballot (online): N/A
  • Request your mail-in ballot (by mail): Received by October 24, 2020
  • Request your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by October 24, 2020
  • Return your mail-in ballot (by mail): Received by November 3, 2020
  • Return your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by November 3, 2020

South Carolina vote by mail overview

Voting by mail is not as complicated as you might think. There are only a handful of steps:

  • Request your mail-in ballot by the deadline.
  • Receive your mail-in ballot via USPS.
  • Return your mail-in ballot by the deadline.

South Carolina vote by mail rules

Any registered South Carolina voter can request a vote by mail ballot and vote by mail.


South Carolina vote by mail ID requirements (request)

  • Online application: You must include the last 4 digits of your social security number.
  • Paper application: The signature on your absentee ballot application will be compared to the signature on your voter registration card to ensure they match.

South Carolina vote by mail ID requirements (return)

Your voted ballot must be signed by one witness who is at least 18 years old.


South Carolina vote by mail directions

In almost all cases, you will need to sign up to vote by mail. The state won’t just mail you a ballot. Don't worry: we will walk you through it. There are only a handful of steps:

  1. You submit an application to vote by mail.
  2. Your Local Election Office processes your application.
  3. Your Local Election Office sends your ballot to you.
  4. You vote using the ballot and return it by the deadline.

Request your mail-in ballot via USPS

  1. Visit the South Carolina vote by mail website.
  2. Fill out all of the required fields.
  3. Print the application.
  4. Sign and date your application. This is very important.
  5. Mail or hand-deliver your completed application directly to your Local Election Office as soon as possible, but no later than the deadline.
  6. If it’s close to the deadline, call your Local Election Office and see if they will let you submit your application via email or fax.
  7. The deadline to apply by mail is: received by October 24, 2020.

Request your mail-in ballot in person

  1. Visit your Local Election Office.
  2. Ask the clerk to give you an absentee ballot application.
  3. Fill out all of the required fields.
  4. Sign and date your application.
  5. The deadline to apply in person is: received by October 24, 2020.

Receive and return your mail-in ballot

  1. Carefully read and follow the instructions, and fill out all required fields.
  2. Sign and date the outside envelope.
  3. Mail or hand-deliver your ballot to your Local Election Office.
  4. If you mail your ballot, it must be received by November 3, 2020.
  5. If you hand-deliver your ballot, it must be received by November 3, 2020.
  6. If you miss the deadline – or forget to sign the outside envelope – your vote will not be counted.

Questions? Need help?

Contact your Local Election Office if you have any questions about voting by mail in South Carolina.

Statewide election office

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