How to Register to Vote in SC

Voter Registration How to Register to Vote in SC

How to Register to Vote in South Carolina

Do you want to learn how to register to vote in South Carolina? If so, we can explain the ins and outs for you today. You will learn the following about this voter registration process:

  • Eligibility requirements
  • Military and overseas voter information
  • How to avoid the stress and hassle of registering to vote in South Carolina on your own.
  • Learn how the voter registration product from DoNotPay can make this a simple stress-free process for you.

Who Can Vote in South Carolina?

As with any state, there are certain eligibility requirements that you must meet in order to vote in the elections. If you qualify to vote in the state of South Carolina, you may register. The following are the state voting criteria:

  • Must be a US citizen.
  • Must be 18 or older.
  • Must be a resident of the county that you are registering in.
  • Must confirm that the address on your application is your only legal residence and you must claim no other residential dwelling as your legal residence.

What Can Disqualify You From Voting in South Carolina?

Just as there are some things that you must prove to be a legal voter, there are certain things that can also disqualify you from voting in an election in the state of South Carolina. The following are some of the disqualifying standards that may prevent you from registering to vote. 

  1. You cannot be incarcerated due to a conviction of a crime and exercise your right to vote.
  2. You cannot have a court order that has declared you mentally incompetent.
  3. You must not have been convicted of a felony or any offense regarding election laws.
  4. If you have been convicted, you must have served the complete sentence for the crime, including any probation or parole, or have gotten some sort of pardon for the conviction.
Active Duty MilitaryActive duty military individuals and their families, as well as other overseas citizens, can register to vote in South Carolina. They must request their absentee ballot. To do this, they must use the federal postcard application or FPCA.

You can do this online or by hard copy.

There is no such thing as submitting an FPCA early. The sooner the better.

Submit the application.

It is important to fill out the ballot and send it back as soon as you receive it.

Generally, each state will begin mailing those absentee ballots at least 45 days prior to the election day.

If you didn't get your ballot by 30 days prior to election day, you will need to contact your local election office immediately.

Updating Your Voter InformationIt is important to always keep your voter registration information current. If it is not current, you could be in violation of voting laws as well as interfere with your rights to vote. Changing your name or address are common reasons that you would need to re-register or update your voter registration information.

Your South Carolina driver's license or DMV ID card is only valid if they have current information.

You cannot vote without a valid form of ID.

There is no need to register each year to vote unless your address has changed and you have already updated your driver's license or ID, you can update this information using an online voter application.

If you did not get your ID or driver's license updated with the current information, that will have to be done first.

Keep everything updated so you don't have to wonder if you are legally registered to vote.

Length of ResidencySome states may require a specific amount of time to qualify or set up residency. South Carolina does not have a residency requirement reflecting a set length of time. As soon as you move to South Carolina, you may start the process of registering to vote in their elections.

You must register to vote 30 days or more prior to any election if you wish to vote in that election.

For anyone registering to vote by mail, applications need to have a postmark of at least 30 days before the election in order to be eligible to vote.

If that deadline happens to coincide with a federal holiday or a Sunday, that deadline will be extended to the next business day.

What Can DoNotPay Help With?

If you haven't used DoNotPay and their user-friendly platform before now, you owe it to yourself to try their products! They have a voter registration product that can help you register or unregister to vote. No more stressing out to make sure that you are doing it correctly, they will take care of it for you!

  1. Search “voter registration” on DoNotPay.


  2. Select whether you want to register to vote, change your voter information, cancel your registration, or verify your registration.


  3. Enter the state you want to register in (or are registered in) and confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements. Answer a few questions about you to help us verify your identity and complete your application.


  4. Provide your signature and verify that your information is correct.


In no time at all, you will have your registration process completed. This easy-to-use tool can help anyone register or unregister to vote in a timely and efficient manner. Go ahead, give it a try today!

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