Upcoming Elections in South Carolina
What's on South Carolina ballot in 2016
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Who Can Vote in Primaries in South Carolina?
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2016 Election Dates and Deadlines
|Last day to Register to vote||May 14, 2016|
|Deadline to return absentee by mail application for Primary. Warning: Absentee by mail applications should be returned as early as possible.||June 10, 2016|
|Deadline to vote absentee in person for Primary||June 13, 2016|
|UOCAVA citizens: Last day to request for absentee ballot by 7pm||June 14, 2016|
|UOCAVA citizens: Last day to return absentee ballot by mail by 7pm||June 14, 2016|
|Deadline to mail General Election absentee ballots to military and overseas citizens||September 24, 2016|
|Last day to register||October 8, 2016|
|Deadline to return absentee by mail application for General Election. Warning: Absentee by mail applications should be returned as early as possible.||November 4, 2016|
|Deadline to vote absentee in person for General Election||November 7, 2016|
|UOCAVA citizens: Last day to request absentee ballot by 7pm||November 8, 2016|
|UOCAVA citizens: Last day to return absentee ballot by mail by 7pm||November 8, 2016|
|May 3, 2016|
|November 8, 2016|
Time Off For Voting:
Time off to vote is subject to the employer. South Carolina state law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.
Voting At The Polls On Election Day
Poll Hours: 7:00 AM-7:00 PM
When voting in person, you will be asked to show one of the following Photo IDs at your polling place:
- SC Voter Registration Card with Photo
- SC Driver's License
- SC Department of Motor Vehicles ID Card
- Federal Military ID
- US Passport
When to vote
Polling places are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. Anyone in line at 7:00 p.m. will be allowed to vote.
Failsafe voting is designed to allow voters who have moved but failed to update their address to update their address on election day and vote. Failsafe voting is available to voters in the following situations:
- Voter moves from one address to another within the same precinct.
- Voter moves from one precinct to another within the same county.
- Voter moves from one South Carolina county to another within 30 days of an election.
- Voter moves from one state to another after the deadline to register to vote in a Presidential election in the new state of residence.
Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?
NO: South Carolina does not provide Same Day Voter Registration. You must register to vote by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in an election. If you miss the voter registration deadline for an election you should contact your local election office.
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