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SEC Notice to Inactive Voters

COLUMBIA, S.C. (July 12, 2023) - In an ongoing effort to maintain the integrity of South Carolina's statewide voter registration list, the State Election Commission (SEC) is sending confirmation postcards to more than 167,000 inactive voters throughout the state. The purpose of the cards is to reach out to voters who have not voted in the past four years to determine if they still reside at the address where they registered to vote. Confirmation card mailings are conducted periodically and in accordance with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.

The vast majority of South Carolina's 3.3 million voters will be unaffected by the mailing. Anyone who has voted in an election since November 2018 or registered to vote in that timeframe will not receive the notice. Voters who return the card indicating they have moved, voters whose cards are returned by the U.S. Postal Service, and voters who do not respond will be made inactive. Even after being made inactive, voters who are still eligible will be permitted to vote.

Any voter can check their voter registration at to ensure their address is up to date and they are ready to vote in the next election.

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