COLUMBIA, SC (May 19, 2016) - Absentee voting for the Statewide Primaries is underway at county elections offices throughout the state. As of today, approximately 22,000 absentee ballots have been issued statewide. In comparison, approximately 25,000 absentee ballots were cast in the 2012 Statewide Primaries (the last comparable statewide primary).
Absentee voters should be aware of the following procedures and deadlines:
Qualified voters (reasons listed below) may vote absentee in person or by mail:
In Person - Visit your county elections office, complete an application, and cast your ballot. You may vote absentee in person up until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 13.
By Mail -
Step 1: Get an absentee application in one of two ways:
- Get the application online at scVOTES.org. Follow this link to get your application online. To get your application online, you must be able to print your application.
- Request an application from your county voter registration office by phone, mail, email, or fax. You will be mailed an application.
Step 2: Complete and sign the application and return it to your county voter registration office as soon as possible and no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, June 10. You can return the application by mail, fax, or email.
Step 3: You will be mailed an absentee ballot.
Step 4: Vote the ballot following ballot instructions and return it to your county voter registration office no later than 7:00 p.m. on June 14. You may return the ballot personally or by mail.
Voters can find more information on absentee voting, check their absentee ballot status, check their voter registration, and get a sample ballot at scVOTES.org.
Voters qualified to vote by absentee ballot:
1. Students attending school outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents
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 United Service Organizations (USO) serving with the Armed Forces outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents
4. Persons who, for reasons of employment, will not be able to vote on election day
5. Physically disabled persons
6. Government employees serving outside their county of residence on Election Day and their spouses and dependents residing with them
7. Persons with a death or funeral in the family within three days before the election
8. Persons who plan to be on vacation outside their county of residence on Election Day
9. Certified poll watchers, poll managers, and county election officials working on Election Day
10. Overseas Citizens (click here for additional information)
11. Persons attending sick or physically disabled persons
12. Persons admitted to the hospital as emergency patients on Election Day or within a four-day period before the election
13. Persons serving as a juror in state or federal court on Election Day
14. Persons sixty-five years of age or older
15. Persons confined to a jail or pre-trial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial