Confirmation Card Mailings are conducted every two years in accordance with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 and are necessary for maintaining accurate voter registration lists. Confirmation card mailings normally result in a decrease in total voter registration statewide. In a confirmation card mailing, a postage-paid return postcard is sent to every voter who has not voted or updated their address during the past two general election cycles (approximately four years). If the card is not returned, or is returned by the U.S. Postal Service as undeliverable, the voter is made inactive. Even though these voters are made inactive and reduce the number of active registrations seen in statistical reports, these voters continue to be listed on voter registration lists at polling places for another two general election cycles (approximately four years) before dropping off of those lists. If voters vote during that time, their records are reactivated.
It is also important to understand that a voter’s name not being on the voter registration list at the polling place does not necessarily mean the person cannot vote. Whether any individual person is qualified to vote in any election is determined by the facts of their circumstance not by whether their name is on the list. Procedures are in place at polling places for poll managers and county election officials to determine whether a voter whose name is not on the list should be allowed to vote or not.
While these protections are vital to ensuring every South Carolinian's right to vote, some of them can be confusing and cause delays on election day. Each individual voter can do their part to ensure their opportunity to vote by taking responsibility for their own voter registration. You should check your registration at scVOTES.gov on a regular basis, and if you move or change your name, you should update your registration immediately and at least 30 days prior to any upcoming elections.