A voter in South Carolina is eligible to vote absentee in an election if he or she cannot make it to the polls on Election Day for one of the following reasons:
• Students attending school outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them, as well as members of the Armed Forces or Merchant Marine serving outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them
• Persons serving with the American Red Cross or with the United Service Organizations (USO) who are attached to and serving with the Armed Forces outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them, as well as Persons who, for reasons of employment, will not be able to vote on Election Day.
• Physically disabled persons, government employees serving outside their county of residence on Election Day and their spouses and dependents residing with them, persons with a death or funeral in the family within three days before the election, and persons who plan to be on vacation outside their county of residence on Election Day
• Certified poll watchers, poll managers, county election officials working on Election Day, overseas citizens, and persons attending sick or physically disabled persons
• Persons admitted to the hospital as emergency patients on Election Day or within a four-day period before the election, and persons serving as a juror in state or federal court on Election Day
• Persons sixty-five years of age or older
• Persons confined to a jail or pre-trial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial
Registration Deadlines & Requirements
South Carolina Registration Deadline
• In-Person: 30 days before Election Day.
• By Mail: Postmarked 30 days before Election Day.
• Online: 30 days before Election Day.
South Carolina Registration Requirements
To register to vote in South Carolina you must:
• be a citizen of the United States
• be a resident of South Carolina, your county and precinct
• be at least 18 years old on or before the next election
• not be confined in any public prison resulting from a conviction of a crime
• never have been convicted of a felony or offense against the election 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, or aim the address on the application as your only legal place of residence and claim no other place as your legal residence