How to Register
- A South Carolina driver's license or DMV ID is required.
- If you have relocated, you must first update your DMV address.
Register by mail, fax, or email. - Download a voter registration form, fill it out, and mail, fax, or email it to your county board of voter registration.
In person registration - Go to your county board of voter registration and register in person. You can also register while receiving services from various organizations, such as the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Who Can Register?
To vote in South Carolina, one must first register to vote at least 30 days before the election. To be eligible to register in South Carolina, you must meet the following requirements:
- be a United States citizen
- be at least eighteen years old on or before the next election
- be a resident of South Carolina in the county and precinct in which you are registering
- not be under a court order declaring you mentally incompetent
- not be confined in any public prison resulting from a conviction of a crime
- have never been convicted of a felony or offense against the election laws OR if previously convicted, have served the entire sentence, including probation or parole, or have received a pardon for the conviction.
When can I register?
There is no length of residency requirement in South Carolina in order to register to vote. You can register at any time.
Citizens who are under the age of 18 but will turn 18 before the next General Election, and who otherwise qualify to vote, have the right to register to vote beginning 120 days before the close of the books on the preceding primary (see S.C. Code of Laws 7-5-180).
Do I have to choose a party?
No. South Carolina does not have registration by party. In primaries, you can vote in only one party's primary.
Any person convicted of a felony or an election law violation is ineligible to register or vote, unless the disqualification has been removed by serving the sentence or being pardoned sooner. The completion of any prison/jail time, probation, and parole are all considered part of sentence service.
The SEC receives lists of people convicted of felonies or crimes against election laws from federal and state courts. Those individuals are removed from the state's list of registered voters. Each voter whose name is removed is notified by the SEC. Appellants have 20 days from the date the notice is mailed to file an appeal. Appeals must be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.