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Five Days Remain to Get Registered for General Election

Make Sure You Are Registered, and Your Information is Current

COLUMBIA, S.C. (September 29, 2020) – To help ensure voters are prepared for the November 3 General Election, the State Election Commission wants to remind South Carolinians of the fast-approaching voter registration deadline.


Voters should prepare for election day by checking to make sure their registration is current.  Visit and click “Check My Registration.”

Voters not currently registered to vote in their county of residence must register by the deadline, including citizens who:

  • Will be 18 years old on or before November 3, 2020 and have not registered.
  • Moved to a new county but did not register in the new county.
  • Moved from another state but did not register in South Carolina.

Register Online at

  • Requires SC Driver’s License or DMV ID Card.
  • Must be received by 11:59 p.m., Sunday, October 4.

Register Using a By-Mail Application

  • Forms available at county voter registration offices and
  • Complete and return the form to your county voter registration office.
  • Emailed and faxed forms must be received by 11:59 p.m., Sunday, October 4.
  • Mailed forms must be postmarked by Monday, October 5.*

Register in Person

Other Important Dates

October 5 – November 2:  In-Person Absentee Voting Available at county voter registration and elections offices and extension offices. (click for a list of absentee voting locations).

October 24:  Deadline to apply for an absentee by mail ballot.

November 3:  Election Day, Deadline to return absentee-by-mail ballots.

*Because the U.S. Postal Service is closed on Sunday, mailed applications will be accepted if postmarked by October 5.  All other registration methods must be completed by October 4.

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