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How to register to vote in South Carolina

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There are several ways to register to vote in South Carolina. Here's what you need to do.

GETTING STARTED

Before you register, you'll need to make sure you have a valid South Carolina driver's license, or photo ID issued by the S.C. Dept. of Motor Vehicles.

You'll also need to make sure your current address is up to date with the DMV so that you vote in the correct elections. You can update your address online. CLICK HERE.

When registering, be prepared to give your full name, driver's license or ID number, Social Security number, date of birth, address, race, gender and primary telephone number.

WAYS TO REGISTER

You can easily register online. CLICK HERE.

You can also register by mail, email or fax. To do that, you'll first need to fill out a voter registration form. CLICK HERE to download the form.

After you've filled out the form, you'll need to send it via your preferred method to your county's voter registration office.

Click the links below to find out where to send your registration form if you live in the Lowcountry. You can also register to vote in person at all those locations.

REGISTRATION DEADLINES

As a general rule, you must be registered to vote 30 days prior to any election in which you're eligible to participate, with some variations.

Here's how that looks for the upcoming Nov. 6, 2018 fall elections.

If you're submitting your registration by mail, your application must be postmarked by Tuesday, Oct. 9 to be accepted.

If you're submitting your registration online, by fax or by email, you must do so by Sunday, Oct. 7 at 11:59 p.m.

If you're registering in person, you must do so no later than 5 p.m., Friday, October 5, unless your county's voter registration office has weekend hours.

WHO CAN REGISTER TO VOTE

In order to register to vote in South Carolina, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be a U.S. citizen;
  • You must live in South Carolina;
  • You must live in the county and precinct you wish to vote in; and
  • You must be 18 years of age by the time of the election you wish to vote in.

College students living away from home, such as on campus, can register to vote using their college address. When registering, list the physical address of your college housing, not the P.O. box where you receive mail.

WHO CAN'T REGISTER TO VOTE

Some people are not allowed to vote in local, state or national elections in the United States. You are disqualified from voting if:

  • You're under a court order declaring you mentally incompetent;
  • You're in prison because you've been convicted of a crime; or
  • You've been convicted of a felony crime, and haven't completed your entire sentence (including probation or parole), or haven't been pardoned.

For more voter registration information in South Carolina, CLICK HERE.