South Carolina

Welcome South Carolina voters! Below you will find your upcoming election dates, voter registration deadlines, state requirements for Voter ID, as well as information on online voter registration, automatic voter registration, vote-by-mail, early voting, and minor pre-registration.


Primary Election Dates & Registration Deadlines

Party Primaries
Registration Deadlines
Same Day Registration
Mail-In Online In-Person
June 12 May 14 (postmarked) May 13 May 11 No


General Election Dates & Registration Deadlines

General Election Registration Deadlines
Same Day Registration
Mail-In Online In-Person
November 6 October 8 (postmarked) October 7 October 5 No


Online Voter Registration

Yes, South Carolina has Online Voter Registration. Need SC drivers’ license or ID. You can register online here.

Voter ID

Strict = if no identification, voter must take additional measures after Election Day to have ballot counted

Non-strict = if no identification, voter still has option to cast ballot that may be counted without additional measures by voter


South Carolina has non-strict photo ID requirements. Here are the approved forms of ID in the state of South Carolina:

  • SC Driver’s License
  • SC Department of Motor Vehicles ID Card (Includes SC Concealed Weapons Permit)
  • SC Voter Registration Card with Photo
  • Federal Military ID (Includes all Department of Defense Photo IDs and Veterans Affairs Benefits Card)
  • US Passport (Includes US Passport ID Card)


South Carolina does not have “no-excuse” vote-by-mail.

Early Voting

South Carolina has no in-person early voting.

Automatic Voter Registration (Motor Voter)

South Carolina has no Automatic Voter Registration.

Minor Pre-Registration

No specific provision. Contact your state election officials for details.

Links to State-by-State Charts

2018 Election Dates & Deadlines

Online Voter Registration

Automatic Voter Registration

Vote By Mail

Early Voting

Voter ID

Content Updated Summer 2018


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