Absentee Voting

Absentee Voting in June Primaries and Runoff Elections

Voters do not need to choose between staying healthy or voting. The legislature passed a bill permitting all South Carolina voters to vote absentee in the upcoming primary and runoff elections in June.

According to the South Carolina Election Commission, voters can now choose between voting absentee by mail or in person at a county voter registration office or satellite location, or vote on election day.

The absentee voting provision does not apply to any elections after July 1.

Voting Absentee

Any voter can select “Reason 18 “State of Emergency” on the absentee application

To vote absentee by mail:

You will need to fill out an application form online, print and return it to the voter registration office.  You can also request that an application be mailed to you.  You must return the application form by mail, email, fax or personal delivery. You should return the application as soon as possible but no later than 5:00 p.m. on the 4th day prior to the election (the 4th day is Friday for all Tuesday elections). 

To have your application sent to you. visit the Election Commission website and select the county where you live for that office’s contact information.

After returning your application (by mail, fax or personal delivery), you will receive a ballot in the mail.  Vote the ballot following ballot instructions and return it to the county voter registration office in your county of residence by 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election.  You may return the ballot personally or by mail.  You may also have another person return the ballot for you, but you must first complete an authorization to return the absentee ballot form, available from your county voter registration office.

You can also vote absentee in person at your county voter registration office or satellite absentee location.

Visit the county voter registration office in your county of residence, complete an application, and cast your ballot.  You may vote absentee in person up until 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election.  Rules for photo ID required to vote at the polling place apply.

Additional in-person absentee locations are available in some counties for some elections. 

Click for a list of additional locations and hours for the June 2020 Statewide Primaries and Runoffs.


Voter Resources

2020 Election Calendar

Register to Vote

You must be registered at least 30 days prior to any election in order to vote in that election. Registration by mail applications must be postmarked at least 30 days prior to that particular election to be eligible. Registering to vote for the June 9, 2020 Primary election has closed.

Voting Rights

Instructions for getting an absentee ballot

1, Fill out an application
Online application

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Request an application be mailed to you by contacting your County Voter Registration Office

2. Complete your application and return it to the Voter Registration Office

3. Receive ballot in the mail


4. Vote the ballot

5. Return by mail or deliver to your County Voter Registration Office.