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South Carolina: Latest Election & Voting Updates

Last updated Thursday, May 28, 2020 12:37 PM ET

Important News

  • May 25, 2020 Official Update Witness Requirement Waived for Absentee Ballots

    South Carolinians voting absentee by mail in the 2020 June Primaries and Runoffs are no longer required to have their signature witnessed on the ballot return envelope. Election officials will accept and count all absentee ballots regardless of whether the envelope contains a witness signature, if otherwise valid.

  • May 13, 2020 Official Update Absentee Voting Extended

    South Carolina has enacted a new law that will allow any registered voter to vote by absentee ballot for the June primary election.

  • April 27, 2020 Official Update May 5 and 12 Elections Postponed

    Governor McMaster announced the postponement of city and town elections scheduled for May 5 and May 12. The elections will be rescheduled, but the new dates have not yet been announced. 

  • March 15, 2020 Official Update March and April Elections Postponed Due to Coronavirus

    Governor Henry McMaster announced the postponement of all March and April elections. Statewide primary elections will be held on June 9, 2020. 

  • March 9, 2020 CDC Recommendations for Election Polling Locations
  1. Friday, May 8, 2020

    Primary Election In-person Voter Registration Deadline

  2. Sunday, May 10, 2020

    Primary Election Online Voter Registration Deadline

  3. Monday, May 11, 2020

    Primary Election Voter Registration Postmark Deadline

  4. Friday, June 5, 2020

    Primary Election Absentee Ballot Application Deadline by Mail

    All voters may utilize absentee ballots for the June primary election. Voters should choose "Reason 18 - State of Emergency" on the absentee application. Mailed applications should be received by June 5 at 5:00 p.m.

  5. Monday, June 8, 2020

    Primary Election Absentee Ballot Application Deadline In Person

    All voters may utilize absentee ballots for the June primary election. Voters should choose "Reason 18 - State of Emergency" on the absentee application. Ballots can be requested in-person until June 8 at 5:00 p.m.

  6. Tuesday, June 9, 2020

    Primary Election Day

    Polls will be open 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. When voting in person, you will be asked to show photo identification.

  7. Tuesday, June 9, 2020

    Primary Election Absentee Ballots Due

    Absentee ballots can be delivered in person or sent by mail and should be received by the county voter registration office in your county of residence by 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election.

  8. Tuesday, June 23, 2020

    Primary Runoff Election

  9. Friday, October 2, 2020

    General Election In-person Voter Registration Deadline

  10. Sunday, October 4, 2020

    General Election Online Voter Registration Deadline

  11. Monday, October 5, 2020

    General Election Voter Registration Postmark Deadline

  12. Monday, October 5, 2020

    General Election In-person Absentee Voting Begins

    County boards will have in-office absentee voting machines available.

  13. Friday, October 30, 2020

    General Election Absentee Ballot Application Deadline

    The deadline to apply for absentee by mail ballot for the November election is October 30 at 5:00 p.m., but voters should apply at least one week prior to election day to allow adequate mail time.

  14. Saturday, October 31, 2020

    General Election Absentee Voting Hours

    County boards must hold absentee voting hours from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

  15. Monday, November 2, 2020

    General Election Absentee In-person Voting Ends

  16. Tuesday, November 3, 2020

    Election Day

    Polls will be open 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. When voting in person, you will be asked to show photo identification.

vote absentee icon. How to vote absentee in South Carolina

South Carolina generally allows voters to cast an absentee ballot only under certain circumstances, but all registered voters may use an absentee ballot for the June primary election. The state has not yet extended absentee voting to all voters for the November election.

Take Action to Support Safe & Secure Elections in South Carolina

Below are some practical, positive actions you can take to help voters prepare for the 2020 election and cast their ballots in the way that’s best and healthiest for them.

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Information about voting is based on:

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Information about actions people can take will be:

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Policy information will focus on:

  • Proactive steps officials are taking to hold elections
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  • Public education efforts around voting
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