South Carolina Election Law

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Voter Registration

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
MethodOnline, in person, mail, fax, or email. No changeNo legislative movement
DeadlineThirty (30) days prior to election. No changeNo legislative movement
AutomaticNot allowedNo changeNo legislative movement
Same DayNot allowedNo changeNo legislative movement

Absentee Ballot Application

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
ExcuseOver 65 or illNo-excuse absentee ballots allowed. No legislative movement
AutomaticNoNo changeNo legislative movement
Deadline5:00 PM on the fourth day prior to the election. No changeNo legislative movement
Valid for X# of CyclesSame cycle onlyNo changeNo legislative movement

Absentee Ballot Return (other than by mail)

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Voter IDSignature VerificationFederal judge threw out signature verification. No Legislative Activity
In PersonYesNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Drop BoxNot mentionedNo ChangesNo legislative Activity
Return Deadline7:00 PM on Election DayNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Ballot Harvesting

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
ProhibitedNoNo changeNo legislative movement
Limited 3rd PartyAnybody designated by the voter. No changeNo legislative movement
Paid Political OperativesNot mentionedNo changeNo legislative movement

Early Voting

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
By MailYesNo changeNo legislative movement
In PersonYesNo changeNo legislative movement

Voter Identification - Absentee Ballot

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Signature VerificationRequiredFederal judge threw out signature verification. No legislative movement
Witness StatementNot requiredNo changeNo legislative movement
Other---
Cure ProcessNo cure processNo changeNo legislative movement

Voter Identification - In Person

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Photo IDMust provide:
SC Driver's License
Other ID issued by DMV
Passport
Military ID
SC Voter registration card
No changeNo legislative movement
Other Options---
Provisional BallotsIf one does not have a voter ID, they are issued a provisional ballot to be counted only if voter returns with valid ID before certification of voters. No changeNo legislative movement.

Voting Day

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Hours6:00 AM - 7:00 PMNo changeNo legislative movement
Wait TimeNot mentionedNo changeNo legislative movement
Electioneering200 feet from voting place. No changeNo legislative movement
Other---

Voter Rolls

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Update FrequencyUpdated as often as the election commission sees fit.No changeNo legislative movement.
Voter RemovalDead, moving, convicted of a felony. No changeNo legislative movement.