Absentee voting under way in South Carolina

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South Carolina is less than a month away from what could be a contentious midterm election, and October 8 is the first day you can vote in absentee.

Absentee voting is for anyone who has to work or will be out of town -- or if you can't physically make it to the polls on November 6.

Voters have until 5 p.m., Friday November 2nd to return their application.

As a result of Hurricane Florence, the SC State Election Commission has extended the voter registration deadline until October 17.

The SEC is also mailing out postcards to 950,000 South Carolinians, encouraging them to register by next week's deadline.

The list was determined through the use of the state DMV records.

There are many ways to register in South Carolina, and it has never been easier:

  • Register online at (requires SC Driver’s License or DMV ID Card).

  • Register using the My SCVOTES mobile app, available in the Apple and Google Play stores (requires SC Driver’s License or DMV ID Card).

Download a voter registration form from Complete and return the form to your county voter registration office:

  • By fax (must be received before midnight, Wednesday, October 17).

  • By email attachment (must be received before midnight, Wednesday, October 17).
  • By mail (must be postmarked by Wednesday, October 17).

  • Register in person at your county voter registration office. Most offices will close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17 for in-office registrations. Check locally for specific hours.

Already registered? Visit and click “Check My Registration” to make sure your registration is up-to-date.

Get contact information for your county voter registration office at