Upcoming Elections in South Carolina

Poll Hours: 7:00 AM-7:00 PM

How can I find my polling location?

If you do not know where your polling place is,you can use info.scvotes.sc.gov to find your polling place. If you have any issues or questions, please contact your County Clerk

Who Can Vote in Primaries in South Carolina?

Do you know if you are eligible to vote in Primary Elections in South Carolina? Click here for more information

2016 Election Dates and Deadlines

June 28,2016 - Primary Runoff Polls open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.`
Absentee Ballot return deadline - By Mail: Deadline to return absentee bymail application for Primary Runoff. Warning: Absentee by mail applications should be returned as early as June 24,2016
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting ends: Deadline to vote absentee in person for Primary Runoff June 27,2016
November 8,2016 - General Election Day`
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - UOCAVA citizens: Deadline to mail General Election absentee ballots to military and overseas citizens September 24,2016
Voter Registration Ends: Last day to register October 8,2016
Absentee Ballot return deadline : 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
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting ends: Deadline to vote absentee in person for General Election November 7,2016
Absentee Ballot Request deadline: UOCAVA citizens: Last day to request absentee ballot by 7pm November 8,2016
Absentee Ballot return deadline : UOCAVA citizens: Last day to return absentee ballot by mail by 7pm November 8,2016
Mayoral Elections and Others
  • Sumter Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Joseph T. McElveen, Jr. - Population(40,524)
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

  • >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.

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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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