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National Voter Registration Day is September 22

National Voter Registration Day 2015

National Voter Registration Day 2015

Register Online at scVOTES.org

COLUMBIA, S.C. (September 18, 2015) - The South Carolina State Election Commission, along with Americans across the nation, will be celebrating National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) on Tuesday, September 22, 2015.  This is a nationwide effort to register voters before upcoming elections in November.  Celebrate democracy in America by encouraging individuals to exercise one of our most basic rights:  the right to vote!

SEC Reminds Voters of Absentee Deadlines

COLUMBIA, SC (October 28, 2014) - The State Election Commission wants voters to be aware of fast approaching deadlines for voting absentee in the 2014 General Election. 

Qualified voters (reasons listed below) may vote absentee either in person or by mail:

IN PERSON - Visit your county voter registration office , complete an application, and cast your ballot.  You may vote absentee in person up until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 3.

BY MAIL - WARNING: Voting absentee by mail at this late date should be done only if necessary.

Step 1: Get an absentee application in one of two ways:

Absentee Voting Underway for General Election

COLUMBIA, SC (October 9, 2014) - The State Election Commission wants voters to be aware of the procedures and deadlines for voting absentee in the 2014 General Election. 

Qualified voters (reasons listed below) may vote absentee either in person or by mail:

IN PERSON - Visit your county voter registration office , complete an application, and cast your ballot.  You may vote absentee in person up until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 3.

BY MAIL -

Step 1: Get an absentee application in one of two ways:

1.       Get the application online at scVOTES.org.   Follow this link to get your application online.  You must be able to print your application.

October 4 Voter Registration Deadline Approaches

Register Online at scVOTES.org

COLUMBIA, S.C. (September 30, 2014) - To help ensure voters are prepared for the November 4 General Election, the State Election Commission wants to remind everyone of the upcoming voter registration deadline and urge those already registered to update their information.

TO VOTE IN THE 2014 GENERAL ELECTION, YOU MUST BE REGISTERED BY OCTOBER 4. 

  • If you have moved, make sure you are ready to vote by updating your registration.
  • If you have moved from one county to another, you must register in your new county by October 4 to be eligible to vote.
  • If you've moved within your county or changed your name recently, it will help ensure a smoother voting process for you - and your neighbors - by updating your information prior to October 4.

REGISTER or UPDATE YOUR REGISTRATION:

National Voter Registration Day is September 23

Register Online at scVOTES.org

COLUMBIA, S.C. (September 18, 2014) - The South Carolina State Election Commission, along with Americans across the nation, will be celebrating National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.  This is a nationwide effort to register voters before the upcoming election in November.  This year's theme is Celebrating Democracy in America, encouraging individuals to exercise one of our most basic rights in America:  the right to vote!

The State Election Commission encourages all South Carolinians to exercise that right on November 4, and the first step to doing that is registering to vote.

YOU MUST BE REGISTERED BY OCTOBER 4 TO VOTE IN THE NOVEMBER 4 GENERAL ELECTION.

In South Carolina, voter registration has never been easier:

Absentee Deadlines Fast Approaching

COLUMBIA, SC (May 29, 2014) - The State Election Commission wants voters to be aware of upcoming deadlines for voting by absentee ballot in the June 10 Statewide Primaries.  As of today, nearly 18,000 absentee ballots had been issued statewide.  In comparison, approximately 23,000 absentee ballots were cast in the 2010 Statewide Primaries (the last gubernatorial election year primary).

Qualified voters (reasons listed below) may vote absentee in person or by mail:

IN PERSON - Visit your county voter registration office , complete an application, and cast your ballot.  You may vote absentee in person up until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 9.

BY MAIL -

Absentee Voting for June Primaries Underway

COLUMBIA, SC (May 23, 2014) - The State Election Commission wants voters to be aware of the procedures for voting by absentee ballot in the June 10 Statewide Primaries.  As of today, more than 13,000 absentee ballots had been issued statewide.  In comparison, approximately 23,000 absentee ballots were cast in the 2010 Statewide Primaries (the last Gubernatorial election year primary).

Qualified voters (reasons listed below) may vote absentee in person or by mail:

In Person - Visit your county voter registration office , complete an application, and cast your ballot.  You may vote absentee in person up until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 9.

By Mail -

Step 1: Get an absentee application in one of two ways:

May 10 Voter Registration Deadline Approaches

Register Online at scVOTES.org

COLUMBIA, S.C. (May 5, 2014) - To help ensure voters are prepared for the June 10 Primaries, the State Election Commission wants to remind everyone of the upcoming voter registration deadline and urge those already registered to update their information.

TO VOTE IN THE JUNE 10 PRIMARIES, YOU MUST BE REGISTERED BY MAY 10.

  • If you have moved, make sure you are ready to vote by updating your registration.
  • If you have moved from one county to another, you must register in your new county by May 10 to be eligible to vote.
  • If you've moved within your county or changed your name recently, it will help ensure a smoother voting process for you - and your neighbors - by updating your information prior to June 10.

"Having an accurate voter record helps ensure a voter's eligibility to vote in an election," says Executive Director Marci Andino.  "It also reduces the potential for delays in the sign-in process at polling places - and that can have a significant impact on wait time for all voters."

May is Voter Education Month

SEC Urges Voters to Prepare for June 10 Primaries

Online voter registration and personal sample ballots now available to voters

COLUMBIA, SC (April 30, 2014) - State and local voter registration and elections officials are using the month of May to encourage voters to prepare for June Primaries and draw attention to innovations designed to increase registration and help educate voters on candidates.

Governor Nikki Haley has declared May as Voter Education Month.   State Election Commission Executive Director Marci Andino, county registration and elections officials and representatives of several advocacy organizations held a Statehouse press conference today to kickoff the month long effort to educate voters prior to the June Primaries.

2014 Candidate Filing Period Opens

Candidate Tracking System available at scVOTES.org

COLUMBIA, SC (March 17, 2014) - The 2014 candidate filing process is proceeding smoothly today with partisan candidates filing for various offices at election commissions throughout the state.  Today marks the first full day of the filing period.  Nearly 300 candidates had filed by 4 p.m.

In response to more than 200 candidates being removed from ballots in 2012, the General Assembly passed the Equal Access to the Ballot Act.  The Act separated the ethics filing process from the candidate filing process and moved candidate filing from political parties to election commissions.  Candidates are still required to file ethics reports.  Failure to do so will result in fines but has no impact on the candidate's access to the ballot.

New Photo ID Requirements - What Voters in November 5th Elections Need to Know

COLUMBIA, SC (October 29, 2013) - Voters need to be aware of new rules for showing Photo ID at the polls in the various local elections being held throughout the state on November 5, 2013.  Under the new rules that took effect on January 1, 2013, all voters will be asked to provide one of the following types of Photo ID at their polling place:

  • S.C. Driver's License
  • S.C. DMV Identification Card
  • S.C. Voter Registration Card with a Photo
  • Federal Military ID
  • U.S. Passport

Voters who already have one of the IDs above are ready to vote.  They need to be sure to bring their ID with them to their polling place.

Voters who forget to bring their ID with them to vote may vote a provisional ballot that will count only if they show their Photo ID to the election commission prior to certification of the election.  Most municipal elections are certified on Thursday, but specific certification dates and times will vary by election.  Voters casting provisional ballots will be given notice of the specific date and time of the certification hearing.

SEC Expects Turnout to Approach Record

COLUMBIA, S.C. (November 6, 2012) - South Carolina voters turned out today in large numbers across the state. Initial reports from precincts indicate voter turnout is likely to be on-par with the record-breaking 2008 General Election.

Voters returned approximately 400 thousand absentee ballots this year, surpassing the 2008 record of 342 thousand absentee ballots. Voters showed the same enthusiasm at the polls today, with anecdotal reports from across the state indicating heavy turnout. The State Election Commission expects total voter turnout to be similar to the record-setting 76 percent turnout of 2008.  Participation may even surpass the 2008 record.

"The passion and dedication of South Carolina citizen for the electoral process was on display at the polls today," said Marci Andino, executive director of the South Carolina State Election Commission. "We're grateful to voters for their patience as they waited to cast their ballots, and we want to thank the 20,000 poll workers and election officials across the state for their tireless work to ensure that every vote counts."

Absentee Deadlines Fast Approaching

COLUMBIA, SC (October 31, 2012) - Voters should be aware of upcoming deadlines and the procedures for voting by absentee ballot in the November 6, 2012, General Election.

Persons qualified to vote by absentee ballot:

1.       Students attending school outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them

2.       Members of the Armed Forces or Merchant Marine serving outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them (click here for additional information)

3.       Persons serving with the American Red Cross or with the United Service Organizations (USO) who are attached to and serving with the Armed Forces outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them

4.       Persons who, for reasons of employment, will not be able to vote on election day

5.       Physically disabled persons

Thousands Register Online as October 6th Deadline Approaches

COLUMBIA, S.C. (October 3, 2012) - In less than 24 hours, more than 3,000 voters took advantage of South Carolina's new online voter registration system.  The system was made available to the public at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, and by 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, 3,102 applications had been submitted.

"Voter registration has never been easier, and we're pleased that citizens are taking advantage of this wonderful new opportunity," says Marci Andino, executive director of the S.C. State Election Commission. "This overwhelming response proves South Carolinians are eager to make their voices heard in November."

The State Election Commission wants to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the upcoming voter registration deadline and urge those already registered to update their information.

You must be registered by October 6th to vote in the November 6th General Election.

Voters who have moved from one county to another must be registered to vote in their new county by the deadline.

South Carolina Launches Online Voter Registration System

Only 12 other states allow citizens to register to vote online

Columbia, SC (October 2, 2012) - The S.C. State Election Commission today announced the launch of one of the nation's first paperless online voter registration systems, greatly simplifying the registration process and encouraging more citizens to participate in elections.

"South Carolina has made important improvements to our registration and elections process in the last decade, and we are proud to announce one of the single most important changes to the process is now a reality," said Marci Andino, executive director of the State Election Commission. "There's no waiting in line, no forms to print out, nothing to mail in. Any eligible person can register in just minutes."

Citizens must register to vote by Saturday, October 6, in order to vote on November 6, and online registration is available now to expedite the process.