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.

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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