Prep for the 2024 Presidential Primaries

Below are reminders all voters should remember when voting in the 2024 Presidential Primaries.

Pick your Primary

  • You can pick either primary but you can only vote in one.
    • The Democratic Presidential Primary is on February 3.
    • The Republican Presidential Primary is on February 24.


  • You must register by the deadline in order to participate.
    • You must register by January 4 in order to vote in the Democratic Presidential Primary.
    • You must register by January 25 in order to vote in the Republican Presidential Primary.
  • Common ways to register:
  • If you have moved from one county to another, you must register in your new county to be eligible to vote.
  • If you’ve moved within your county or changed your name recently, update your information before election day to help ensure a smoother voting experience.

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Photo ID

  • Make sure you have one of the following Photo IDs: SC Driver’s License, SC DMV ID Card, SC Voter Registration Card with Photos, Federal Military ID, or US Passport.
  • If you do not have one of the Photo IDs, make your voting experience fast and easy by getting a free one from the DMV or your county elections office.
  • If you forget to bring your Photo ID to the polling place, you can vote a provisional ballot that will count only if you show your Photo ID to the county elections office before the certification of the election (on Friday after the General Election).
  • If you can’t get a Photo ID, remember to bring your non-photo voter registration card with you to the polling place. You may vote a provisional ballot after signing an affidavit stating you have a reasonable impediment to obtaining a Photo ID.

Pick your Voting Method

Vote Early
  • Any voter can vote early at any early voting center in their county during the early voting period. Go to an early voting center in your county, present your Photo ID, and vote using the voting system like you would at your polling place on Election Day.
    • The early voting period for the Democratic Presidential Primary starts on Monday, January 22 and ends Friday, February 2.
    • The early voting period for the Republican Presidential Primary starts Monday, February 12 and ends on Thursday, February 22.
  • Early voting centers are open 8:30 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. during the early voting periods.
  • Visit the early voting page on to find early voting locations in your county.
Vote Absentee
  • Qualified voters can vote absentee by mail. An example of a qualified voter could be a person with a physical disability or someone who is age 65 or older.
  • To vote absentee by mail, get your application by contacting your county elections office.
  • Visit the absentee voting page on or see our absentee voting go-to guide.
Vote on Election Day
  • Vote at your polling place on election day.
    • Polls are open 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Find your polling place address at
  • Don’t forget to bring your Photo ID to the polling place.

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