With all of the uncertainty and misinformation surrounding the 2020 election, it’s important to start creating your plan to vote as early as possible.
Voting absentee or planning to go to your polling place? Have you recently moved? Do you have all of the necessary documents? Are you away at college?
These are some of the questions that are important to answer to create your voting plan for Election Day on November 3rd!
Nervous to Vote because of COVID-19?
On September 16, 2020, a new law (H.5305/R.149) passed allowing all voters to be able to vote using absentee-by-mail ballots for the upcoming election under the “State of Emergency” reason.
As of October 6, 2020, South Carolinians voting absentee by mail must now have their signatures on ballot return envelopes witnessed after the United States Supreme Court reinstated the requirement.
Under the court’s order, ballots already received by county officials and those received through October 7th will be counted regardless of whether the return envelope bears a witness signature.
To ensure your absentee by mail ballot counts, voters must:
- Sign the voter’s oath on the ballot return envelope
- Have a witness sign and provide address. Any other person can be a witness.
- Return your ballot before 7:00 pm on November 3rd.
- Ballots can be returned in person or by mail. You should mail your ballot as soon as possible and at least a week before election day to allow time for delivery before the deadline.
Important South Carolina Voter Information
- Register to Vote in South Carolina
- Check your Voter Registration
- Request an Absentee-by-Mail Ballot
- Find Your South Carolina Polling Place
Important South Carolina Voting Dates
- October 2, 2020 – Deadline to register to vote in person
- October 4, 2020 – Deadline to register to vote online at scvotes.org
- October 5, 2020 – Deadline to register to vote by absentee-by-mail ballot
- October 5-November 2, 2020 – Vote early at your voter local registration office
- October 24, 2020 – Absentee-by-mail ballot must be received by this date
- October 30, 2020 – Absentee-by-mail ballot from Authorized Representatives must be received by this date
- November 3, 2020 – General Election
Outside of South Carolina? Check your information here: vote411.org