Voter Registration in South Carolina
South Carolina residents can register vote in one of three ways―in person, by mail, or through the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
Keep in mind that in order to vote in a particular election, you must register at least 30 days prior to it.
You can print an online Voter Registration Application, using the free Adobe Reader, and mail it or take it in person to your county's Board of Voter Registration. You must attach a copy of your current driver's license or photo ID, a utility bill, or current bank statement which shows your name and address.
Thanks to the Motor Voter Act established in 1993, South Carolina residents can now register to vote at any DMV branch office. You'll need to complete the Voter Registration Application and show proper ID. Your voter registration card will be mailed to you.
Before you register to vote, make sure you're eligible. You can vote in federal, state, and local elections if you meet the following requirements:
- You must be a citizen of the United States.
- You must be 18 years of age or older.
- You must be a resident of the precinct in which you register to vote.
- You must be mentally competent.
- You cannot be confined in any public prison, convicted of committing a crime.
- If you have been convicted of a felony, or an offense against election laws, you must have served your entire sentence (including probation or parole) or you must be pardoned before you can vote again.
For questions about voting or elections in general, call the State Election Commission at (803) 734-9060.
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