South Carolina

The Palmetto State

Dum spiro spero (While I breathe, I hope)


1,249,711 absentee ballots were cast in South Carolina’s 2020 election cycle. Overall 2,533,010 ballots were cast in the 2020 election, putting overall state turnout at about 72.1%. The state swung heavily for incumbent Donald Trump, who won its 9 electoral votes with 55.11% of the popular vote. South Carolina has consistently voted for Republican presidential candidates since 1980.

South Carolina has a bicameral legislature with 46 senators and 124 representatives. The legislative sessions are held annually from January to May, and Republicans have held the majority in both chambers since 1994. South Carolina’s governor, Henry McMaster (R), is eligible for re-election in 2022.

Election Integrity

In the wake of the 2020 elections and resulting lack of confidence in the outcome, state legislatures across the country reviewed their election laws and proposed and/or enacted certain modifications to existing law. While our country remains bitterly divided, a battle is taking place as to whether these laws suppress the vote or expand access to the ballot box. Many believe claims of voter suppression from the Left are part of a larger effort to federalize our elections. But the U.S. Constitution grants state legislatures authority to establish state election laws.

Learn more about state election law reforms and decide for yourself. Do you want bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. controlling local elections or do you want your state lawmakers to write laws that meet your state’s unique characteristics?

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

Legislative Ratings

The American Conservative Union Foundation rates all members of the legislature to track how they vote on key legislation. A high rating reflects a more conservative voting record.

South Carolina averages a 40% rating, reflecting its more centrist position. Visit their ratings page to learn more about individual voting and why ACU opposed or supported the legislation.