Voting in 2020 Elections

Voting in 2020 Elections

November 3, 2020: General Election

With current concerns about the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), voters are encouraged to use absentee voting as an alternative to going to your polling place. Our online election guide,, will guide you through the process of obtaining an absentee ballot and preparing to vote. Enter your address to find your polling place, create your personalized voters' guide, apply for an absentee ballot and find everything you need to vote! With your personalized guide, you will:

  1. see everything that will be on your ballot,
  2. compare candidates' positions side-by-side,
  3. print out a personalized ballot with your choices to take with you on Election Day.

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In South Carolina, all voters may vote absentee this year, listing state of emergency as their reason. In other years, there are a variety of reasons you may vote absentee, including an employment or vacation conflict, living or serving overseas, a physical disability, or being over 65. Currently, you must apply for an absentee ballot to vote by mail. Several locations across the tricounty area will be opened for in-person absentee voting before the election.

Follow this link for in-person absentee voting locations, dates, election office contact information, and additional registration and absentee voting information:

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2020 Election Dates

Many voters have questions about specific circumstances.

Most questions are covered in our Voting in SC brochure, which you are welcome to print and distribute:

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You must have a SC Voter ID to vote in SC, unless a reasonable impediment prevented you from obtaining one. You can get one for no cost at your county voter registration and elections office or your local DMV office.

Have you moved or had a name change? Update your name or address with the election commission. You will need to update your information through the DMV first.

Special Guidance for:

  • College Students
  • Voters over the age of 65 and voters with disabilities are eligible for Curbside Voting
  • Ex-Offenders: Once a person who was convicted of a felony or offense against the election laws serves his sentence (including probation/parole), they may register to vote. To register, the applicant must submit a new voter registration application to his county voter registration office. 
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