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Absentee, Mail-in Ballot Voting

Qualified voters can vote by absentee ballot in person or by mail. In person absentee voting begins Monday, October 5, 2020 and ends 5 p.m. on Monday, November 2, 2020. To vote in person, visit your county voter registration office or extension office. 

For more information on absentee voting, visit the SC Election Commission's website on Voting Absentee in the 2020 General Election.

Register to Vote

  • You can register to vote (and encourage others to register to vote) online or by mail. Visit the South Carolina Election Commission's website here.
  • Registered voters can find their precinct, polling place and voting districts here.
  • Be aware that every seat in the South Carolina General Assembly (House of Representatives and Senate) is up for election in 2020.
  • The primaries for South Carolina’s federal, state, county and municipal elections will be held on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 with run-off elections scheduled for Tuesday, June 23, 2020.  
  • The General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. 
  • A list of all upcoming elections and candidates that have filed for office can be found here.

Voter registration in South Carolina is handled by the South Carolina Election Commission.

Important Dates

The last day to register to vote in person for the General Election is Friday, October 2 (5 p.m.).
The last day to register to vote online or by fax or email is Sunday, October 4 (11:59 p.m.).
The last day to register to vote by mail is Monday, October 5 (must be postmarked by this date).
The deadline to apply for absentee by mail ballot for General Election is Friday, October 30 (5 p.m.).
Warning: voters should apply at least one week prior to election day to allow adequate mail time. Applying late puts voters at risk of being unable to return ballots by the deadline of 7 p.m. on election day. 


The Voting Rights Act of 1965, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, aimed to overcome legal barriers at the state and local levels that prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote as guaranteed under the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Voting Rights Act is considered one of the most far-reaching pieces of civil rights legislation in U.S. history.

Source: The History Channel

The Commission's Role

Per  SECTION 1-31-40 of the Commission's statute, the Commission will "provide the minority community with assistance and information on Voting Rights Act submissions in the State, as well as other related areas of concern to the minority community;"

New Voting Machines

The paper-based ExpressVote Universal Voting System uses touch-screen technology that produces a paper record for tabulation. As a marker, the ExpressVote handles the entire marking process, eliminating marginal marks and the need for interpretation of the voter’s mark. This video explains how to use the machine.

Picture of the Express Vote Voting Machine

Source: Election Systems and Software

Voters Find Easy Transition to New Paper-Based Voting System

Be a Poll Manager

The South Carolina Election Commission is seeking additional poll managers for upcoming #elections.

Poll managers are paid at least $165 and will also receive special Covid-19 training on applying social distancing and maintaining sanitary conditions in the polling place. Training will be provided online when possible and small-group, socially-distanced training when necessary. 

  • Election officials will provide:
    • Masks, face shields and gloves for poll managers.
    • Sneeze guards for check-in stations.
    • Sanitizing wipes for cleaning common surfaces.
    • Hand sanitizer for voters and poll managers.
    • Cotton swabs for making selections on the touchscreen.
  • Check-in stations and voting equipment will be spaced at least six feet apart.

If you’re interested in serving your community, visit for more information.