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Deadlines Approach for Absentee Voting

5:00 p.m., Friday, November 3—Deadline to apply for mail-in absentee ballots.

5:00 p.m., Monday, November 6—Deadline to vote absentee in person at your county voter registration office.

7:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 7—Deadline for voter registration office to receive mail-in absentee ballots.

Persons who qualify to vote an absentee ballot in the November 7 General Election

  • Students, their spouses and dependents residing with them

  • Members of the Armed Forces, Merchant Marines, Red Cross, USO, government employees, their spouses and dependents residing with them

  • Persons who, for reasons of employment, will not be able to vote on election day

  • Physically disabled persons

  • Persons on vacation

  • Persons age 65 or older

  • Persons admitted to the hospital as emergency patients on day of election or at least four days prior to the election

  • Electors with a death or funeral in the family within 3 days before the election

  • Persons confined to a jail or pre-trial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial

  • Persons attending sick or physically disabled persons

  • Certified poll watchers and poll managers

Requesting an Absentee Ballot Application

Qualified voters must request an absentee ballot application from the voter registration office in the county in which they are registered. Voters or their immediate family members may make the request in person, by phone, by mail, by e-mail, or by fax. An authorized representative* may also make the request, but only in person or by mail. *(An authorized representative is a registered voter who, with a voter's permission, can request an absentee ballot application on behalf of a voter who qualifies because of illness or disability. Candidates and paid campaign workers, who are not family, may not serve as authorized representatives. For a complete definition of authorized representative, see S.C. Code of Laws Section 7-15-310.)

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