Information on Expanded Absentee Voting

Updated 15 May 2020

SC lawmakers passed legislation to allow absentee ballots for anyone who requests one for the June 2020 Primary election. This means voters will not have to risk exposure to the coronavirus in order to exercise their right to vote.

In light of the legislation, a new reason for voting absentee will appear on the absentee voting application.

The legislation applies only to the June primary, and potential runoffs, so long as a voter’s residence or polling place remains under a state of emergency, and the elections occur before July 1, 2020, when the provision expires.

The legislation also allows for absentee ballots (outer envelope) to be opened on Monday prior to Election Day

The bill allows for in-person absentee ballots to be scanned instead of placed in envelope (this will speed up the in-person absentee ballot counting on election night).

The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot by mail is Friday, June 5, 2020 (but the Election office prefers applications to be received by Monday, June 1 to allow time for processing/mailing).

Any South Carolinian registered to vote in the June 9 primary may request an absentee ballot (while their residence or polling place is under a state of emergency).

Voting by mail is SAFE and consistent with CDC guidance on social distancing.

The website walks voters through the process of requesting an application to vote absentee by mail.

At, voters can even sign-up to receive reminders when their ballot should arrive, when it needs to be returned, and receive assistance from the SCDP Voter Protection Unit if needed.

Additional Voter Information

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Here are links to answers to SCVotes for commonly asked voting questions.

Am I registered to vote?

I want to register to vote. Can I do that online?

I moved. Do I need to update my address to vote?

I’m ready to vote. Where do I go to do that?

South Carolina has a Voter ID law. What ID do I need?

I will be traveling during the election. How do I vote?

Where are the voter precincts in Richland County?

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