Frequently Asked Questions

This is a collection of the types of questions heard at voter registration events. All answers are from authoritative sources (cited). We hope you find this list useful. If you have a question not answered here, please submit it using our Contact page.

Absentee Voting

See SCVotes.org concerning absentee voting. You must request an absentee ballot in advance of the election online or by phone, E-mail, or fax. The absentee ballot will be mailed to you and you must return it in time to be received by 7 pm on the day of the election.

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Election Day Issues

Visit SCVotes.org, and look up “Find My Polling Place” to find out what precinct you live in and where your polling place is.

You will be prompted for your county, first and last name, and date of birth. (Note: You must be registered for this form to work.)

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YES. You must present a valid photo ID to the election officials when you vote on Election Day.

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NO, you do NOT need a photo ID to register. Even though the voter registration form says “Attach ID Here,” you can ignore this part of the form. However, you WILL need a photo ID to cast your vote at the poll on election day.

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Polling places in South Carolina are open on Election Day from 7 am to 7 pm.

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See SCVotes.org concerning absentee voting. You must request an absentee ballot in advance of the election online or by phone, E-mail, or fax. The absentee ballot will be mailed to you and you must return it in time to be received by 7 pm on the day of the election.

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If you don’t have a photo ID when you go to vote, bring your (non-photo) voter registration card to your voting place, and be prepared to explain why you don’t have a photo ID. You will be allowed to vote using a provisional ballot.

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On Election Day, be sure to bring with you one of the following photo IDs (which cannot be expired):

  • South Carolina Driver’s License;
  • South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles ID Card;
  • South Carolina Voter Registration Card with photo;
  • Federal Military ID; or,
  • United States Passport.

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In order to vote, you must be registered at least 30 days before an election (primary, general, or special) in which you plan to vote.

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How to Register

For those people who are re-registering due to address change, there is no 30-day requirement. They are allowed to vote even if they are within the 30 day period.

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NO, you do NOT need a photo ID to register. Even though the voter registration form says “Attach ID Here,” you can ignore this part of the form. However, you WILL need a photo ID to cast your vote at the poll on election day.

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You can either download a registration form or register online at SCVotes.org.

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Register by filling out the form legibly, accurately and completely. Be sure to sign and date the form on the red “Signature / Date of Application” line.

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College students may register to vote either in the county in which they live while attending college or at their previous address, but not both.

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If you are a resident South Carolina outside of Greenville county, mail your completed form to the Board of Voter Registration for your county. Addresses for all SC county election offices are on the back of the voter registration form.

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If you are a Greenville County resident, you can:

  • Give one of our registration volunteers your completed, sealed voter registration form, and we will turn it into the Greenville County Board of Voter Registration on your behalf;
  • Mail your completed form to the Board of Voter Registration. The correct address (for Greenville as well as all other South Carolina Counties) is on the back of the form;
  • Take your completed form to the Greenville County Board of Voter Registration in person.
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You must register using a street address (not a P.O. box). College students whose mailing address includes a P.O. box should include the name of their dorm as well.

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If you have moved since previously registering, even on the same street, you must register again with your new address. In short, the address on your photo ID must match the address on your voter registration.

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Photo ID

YES. You must present a valid photo ID to the election officials when you vote on Election Day.

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NO, you do NOT need a photo ID to register. Even though the voter registration form says “Attach ID Here,” you can ignore this part of the form. However, you WILL need a photo ID to cast your vote at the poll on election day.

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If you don’t have a photo ID when you go to vote, bring your (non-photo) voter registration card to your voting place, and be prepared to explain why you don’t have a photo ID. You will be allowed to vote using a provisional ballot.

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On Election Day, be sure to bring with you one of the following photo IDs (which cannot be expired):

  • South Carolina Driver’s License;
  • South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles ID Card;
  • South Carolina Voter Registration Card with photo;
  • Federal Military ID; or,
  • United States Passport.

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Polling Locations

If you live in Greenville County but aren’t registered to vote, the best way to find your polling place is to visit the Greenville County Geographical Information System (GCGIS) website.

Click on “Advanced Internet Mapping System,” then do the following:

  1. Click anywhere outside the “Disclaimer” box to close the disclaimer
  2. Click “Search” in the top left corner
  3. Select the first “Search” option in the drop-down menu
  4. Start typing your home address. When you get to the first or second letter in the street name, you should see your address in the drop-down menu
  5. Click your home address in the drop-down. This should zoom in to an aerial photo of your block
  6. Click the “Community Info” button at the top of the page. You should see “Click on the map for information” at the top left of the page
  7. Click on the picture of your home. A new drop-down should appear under “Community Info”
  8. Click “Voter Information” in the drop-down. Your Voting Precinct (name and number) and Polling Site should be the first two items shown

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Visit SCVotes.org, and look up “Find My Polling Place” to find out what precinct you live in and where your polling place is.

You will be prompted for your county, first and last name, and date of birth. (Note: You must be registered for this form to work.)

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Volunteering

The following organizations currently conduct voter registration efforts at events around the Upstate. Click through to learn more about each organization. (More to come.)

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Anyone can volunteer to register voters. There are no restrictions by age, citizenship, or anything else. We at COVE believe the best volunteers are trained volunteers, however. Please consider taking our Voter Registration Training if you haven’t already.

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Voter Registration Organizations

If you live in Greenville County but aren’t registered to vote, the best way to find your polling place is to visit the Greenville County Geographical Information System (GCGIS) website.

Click on “Advanced Internet Mapping System,” then do the following:

  1. Click anywhere outside the “Disclaimer” box to close the disclaimer
  2. Click “Search” in the top left corner
  3. Select the first “Search” option in the drop-down menu
  4. Start typing your home address. When you get to the first or second letter in the street name, you should see your address in the drop-down menu
  5. Click your home address in the drop-down. This should zoom in to an aerial photo of your block
  6. Click the “Community Info” button at the top of the page. You should see “Click on the map for information” at the top left of the page
  7. Click on the picture of your home. A new drop-down should appear under “Community Info”
  8. Click “Voter Information” in the drop-down. Your Voting Precinct (name and number) and Polling Site should be the first two items shown

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The following organizations currently conduct voter registration efforts at events around the Upstate. Click through to learn more about each organization. (More to come.)

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Voter Registration Training

Anyone can volunteer to register voters. There are no restrictions by age, citizenship, or anything else. We at COVE believe the best volunteers are trained volunteers, however. Please consider taking our Voter Registration Training if you haven’t already.

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Yes! We conduct voter registration training classes on a regular basis. Learn more and sign up for an upcoming training class here.

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Where to Register

If you live in Greenville County but aren’t registered to vote, the best way to find your polling place is to visit the Greenville County Geographical Information System (GCGIS) website.

Click on “Advanced Internet Mapping System,” then do the following:

  1. Click anywhere outside the “Disclaimer” box to close the disclaimer
  2. Click “Search” in the top left corner
  3. Select the first “Search” option in the drop-down menu
  4. Start typing your home address. When you get to the first or second letter in the street name, you should see your address in the drop-down menu
  5. Click your home address in the drop-down. This should zoom in to an aerial photo of your block
  6. Click the “Community Info” button at the top of the page. You should see “Click on the map for information” at the top left of the page
  7. Click on the picture of your home. A new drop-down should appear under “Community Info”
  8. Click “Voter Information” in the drop-down. Your Voting Precinct (name and number) and Polling Site should be the first two items shown

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You can either download a registration form or register online at SCVotes.org.

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College students may register to vote either in the county in which they live while attending college or at their previous address, but not both.

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If you are a resident South Carolina outside of Greenville county, mail your completed form to the Board of Voter Registration for your county. Addresses for all SC county election offices are on the back of the voter registration form.

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Who Can Register

For those people who are re-registering due to address change, there is no 30-day requirement. They are allowed to vote even if they are within the 30 day period.

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College students may register to vote either in the county in which they live while attending college or at their previous address, but not both.

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You must register using a street address (not a P.O. box). College students whose mailing address includes a P.O. box should include the name of their dorm as well.

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If you have moved since previously registering, even on the same street, you must register again with your new address. In short, the address on your photo ID must match the address on your voter registration.

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People who have been convicted of felonies ARE ELIGIBLE to vote in South Carolina AFTER they have completely served their sentences, including probation or parole. 

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Voters must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years old on or before the date of the election.

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