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South Carolina Elections Schedule

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

2016 Election Dates and Deadlines
February 20, 2016 - Republican Presidential Preference Primary - Saturday, February 20, 2016
Last day to register to vote in the Republican Primary ElectionJanuary 27, 2016
Deadline to return absentee by mail application for Republican PPP. Warning: Absentee by mail applications should be returned as early as possible.February 16, 2016
Deadline to vote absentee in person for Republican PPPFebruary 19, 2016
UOCAVA citizens: Deadline to request absentee ballot for Republican PPP. February 20, 2016
UOCAVA citizens: Deadline to return absentee ballot for Republican PPP. February 20, 2016
February 27, 2016 - Democratic Presidential Preference Primary - Saturday, February 27, 2016
Last day to register to vote in the Democratic Primary ElectionJanuary 27, 2016
Deadline to return absentee by mail application for Democratic PPP Warning: Absentee by mail applications should be returned as early as possible.February 23, 2016
Deadline to vote absentee in person for Democratic PPPFebruary 26, 2016
UOCAVA citizens: Last day to request absentee ballotFebruary 27, 2016
UOCAVA citizens:Last day to return absentee ballot by mail by 7 pmFebruary 27, 2016
June 14, 2016 - State Primary Election Day
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 PrimaryJune 13, 2016
UOCAVA citizens: Last day to request for absentee ballot by 7pmJune 14, 2016
UOCAVA citizens: Last day to return absentee ballot by mail by 7pmJune 14, 2016
November 8, 2016 - General Election Day
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 ElectionNovember 7, 2016
UOCAVA citizens: Last day to request absentee ballot by 7pmNovember 8, 2016
UOCAVA citizens: Last day to return absentee ballot by mail by 7pmNovember 8, 2016
Mayoral Elections and Others
  • Florence Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Stephen J. Wukela - Population(37,056)
May 3, 2016
  • Sumter Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Joseph T. McElveen, Jr. - Population(40,524)
November 8, 2016

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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South Carolina Elections: What's At Stake In 2016?

Why the 2016 Presidential Election Could Impact Your Way Of Living For Generations to Come

Democrats and Republicans The 2016 Presidential Election is crucial to both Republicans and Democrats since the next President of the United States could nominate as many as four Supreme Court justices. As many as four seats on the Supreme Court could become vacant during the next few years with four supreme court justices over the age of 80. This means the next president could have the power to transform the supreme court, and American law, for generations to come. (See Election Dates and Deadlines)

President Barack Obama The United States presidential election of 2016 is an Open Race since the Incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama is term-limited and cannot run for re-election to a third term in office.

President Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009, and was sworn in for his second term on January 20, 2013.
(Browse 2016 Presidentials)

South Carolina 2016 US Senator race

In 2016, there will be a US Senator race in South Carolina. Each state elects two senators for staggered 6-year terms.One of the seats of South Carolina's two senators in the United States Senate is up for election this Election cycle. The Incumbent US Senator is running for re-election.

South Carolina US Senator Race - Incumbent (Republican) Running

South Carolina US Senator Race - Incumbent (Republican) Running Incumbent Republican Senator, Tim Scott, is running for re-election to a second term in office. On November 4, 2014, Tim Scott won the special election to the United States Senate with 61.2% of the vote against the Democratic candidate, Joyce Dickerson, who came in a distant second with 37.1% of the vote. (see current elected officials in South Carolina)

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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.

Important Note:

While we are working to give you up-to-date information, we urge you to be proactive! In order to ensure you have all the information you need before casting your vote, you should also check with your state and local election officials for information about additional requirements or regulations.

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