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Have you registered? Deadline to register to vote in South Carolina is Oct. 8

You must register to vote 30 days before the election in order to cast a ballot.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The midterm elections are fast approaching. November 8 is only a few weeks away.

The South Carolina Elections Commission and WLTX wants you to know if you plan on casting a ballot in the Nov. 8 election, you must be properly registered to vote.

Before you do anything else -- make sure information about your latest residence address is up to date with the Department of Motor Vehicles. Once your address is correct, you can register:

  • Online at scvotes.gov
  • by mail, email or fax by downloading a voter registration form, completing it and returning it to your county board of registration. Forms mailed in must be postmarked by the US Postal Service on or before Oct. 8.
  • in person at your county board of voter registration. You can find the local address at scvotes.gov 

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If registering to vote by mail or in person, provide a copy of one of the following items with your voter registration form:

  • Any current, valid Photo ID; or
  • A utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or government document showing your name and address in your county.

To be eligible to register in South Carolina you MUST:

  • be a United States citizen
  • be at least eighteen years old on or before the next election
  • be a resident of South Carolina in the county and precinct in which you are registering
  • not be under a court order declaring you mentally incompetent
  • not be confined in any public prison resulting from a conviction of a crime
  • have never been convicted of a felony or offense against the election laws OR if previously convicted, have served the entire sentence, including probation or parole, or have received a pardon for the conviction.

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You can always check on the status of your voter information -- where to vote, what precinct and district you are registered in -- and get a sample ballot at scvotes.org

On November 8, South Carolinians will vote for statewide offices, including: 

  • governor and lieutenant governor
  • secretary of state
  • state treasurer
  • attorney general
  • state superintendent of education 
  • commissioner of agriculture
  • and various US House and Senate races

The early voting period begins Monday, October 24 – Saturday, November 5 (closed Sunday, October 30). Designated locations within all counties will be open for early voting between the hours of 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Find your early voting location at scvotes.gov

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