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Federal Election Deadlines

State Primary June 12, 2018 State Primary Runoff June 26, 2018 General Election November 6, 2018
Registration By Email or Fax: Received by May 13, 2018 By Mail: Postmarked by May 14, 2018 By Email or Fax: Received by May 13, 2018 By Mail: Postmarked by May 14, 2018 By Email or Fax: Received by October 7, 2017 By Mail: Postmarked by October 8, 2017
Ballot Request Received by 7 PM, June 12, 2018 Received by 7 PM, June 26, 2018 Received by 7 PM, November 6, 2018
Ballot Return By Email or Fax: Received by 7 PM, June 12, 2018 By Mail: Sent by* 7 PM, June 12, 2018 By Email or Fax: Received by 7 PM, June 26, 2018 By Mail: Sent by* 7 PM, June 26, 2018 By Email or Fax: Received by 7 PM, November 6, 2018 By Mail: Sent by** 7 PM, November 6, 2018

*Ballot Return: State Primary and Primary Runoff election ballots returned by mail must be received by 5pm on the day after the election.

**Ballot Return: General Election ballots returned by mail must be received by 5pm the 2nd day after the election.

Please mail your voting materials early enough to account for mail delivery times. Check the recommended mailing dates section in Chapter 1 for details.

Important information

What is UOCAVA?

The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act is commonly referred to as UOCAVA. UOCAVA citizens are U.S. citizens who are active members of the Uniformed Services, the Merchant Marine, the commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, their eligible family members and other U.S. citizens residing outside the United States. The law provides the legal basis for absentee voting requirements for federal offices.

What is the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA)?

The FPCA (federal form SF 76) allows UOCAVA citizens to register to vote and request an absentee ballot. This form is also used to update your contact information.

What is the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB)?

The FWAB (federal form SF 186) serves as an emergency backup ballot for UOCAVA citizens. If you do not receive your absentee ballot from your State in time to return it to your election official to participate in the election, use the FWAB.

What is the DoD Fax Service?

The DoD Fax Service is for those voters who cannot send their election materials directly to their election officials. To fax your election materials, use the Transmission Cover Sheet found in Chapter 1 or online at FVAP.gov and fax to: (703) 693-5527, DSN 223-5527 or toll-free from the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to 1-800-368-8683. If you need to send your election materials to your election official by fax but do not have access to a fax machine you can email them to fax@fvap.gov and FVAP will fax your election materials for you. This service is fax only. If your State accepts your election materials by email you should email them directly to your election official. FVAP will not transmit email to email transactions.

What is the Prepaid Mail Label 11- DoD?

Overseas Uniformed Service members can use this label for general election absentee ballots. It provides free express mail service to your election official for general election absentee ballots. You can request to have a Prepaid Mail Label 11-DoD applied to your absentee ballot at Military Postal Office locations (APO/FPO). A portion of the label is kept by you for tracking your absentee ballot through the U.S. postal service.

What is a primary election?

A primary election is an election held before the general election to determine the candidates that can be placed on the general election ballot.

What is a runoff election?

A runoff election is an election held if the State requires that a candidate receive a certain percentage of the votes in order to advance to a general election or take public office.

I am an American citizen, but I have never lived in the U.S., can I vote in this State?

A U.S. citizen who has never resided in the U.S. and has a parent or legal guardian that was last resided in South Carolina is eligible to vote in South Carolina.

I am a National Guardsman activated on State orders; does my State afford me UOCAVA privileges?

Yes.

How can I check the status of my ballot?

You can check the status of your absentee ballot here:
https://www.scvotes.org

Does my State have any online tools?

You can see if your State has any online tools available here:
http://www.fvap.gov/south-carolina

Registering and requesting your absentee ballot

Under federal law, the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) registers you to vote and requests absentee ballots for a minimum of all federal elections in the current calendar year. Be sure to complete a new FPCA each year and every time your address changes.

Complete the following sections of the FPCA

Section 1

Select the category that best describes you.


Enter your current name (Last, First). If you are registered under a different name, provide this information in the previous name area.


Your date of birth is required.


You must provide your Social Security Number.

Section 2

Enter the complete street address of your voting residence where you are registering to vote and requesting an absentee ballot. You cannot use a post office box mailing address. If your address is a rural route, use Section 6 to describe the location of your voting residence.

Section 3

Enter your current mailing address, even if you are requesting your ballot by email/online or fax. If you want your election materials sent to a different address or have a forwarding address, use the forwarding address space to provide this information.

Section 4

Your contact information is recommended so your election official can contact you if they need additional information from you in order to accept your FPCA. If you want to receive your absentee ballot by email/online or fax, you must provide your email address or fax number.

Section 5

You can receive your absentee ballot by mail, email/online or fax. Select your preferred method of receiving your absentee ballot.


To vote in primary elections, you must enter the name of the party ballot you want to receive. Political party affiliation is not required if requesting an absentee ballot for general elections.

Section 6

You must provide your race.


You must provide your previous location of registration, if in another state.


Provide any information that may assist your election official in accepting this form. You can use this space to designate particular elections or the period you wish to receive ballots.

Section 7

Sign and date. No witness signature required.

Section 1

Select the category that best describes you.


Enter your current name (Last, First). If you are registered under a different name, provide this information in the previous name area.


Your date of birth is required.


You must provide your Social Security Number.

Section 2

Enter the complete street address of your voting residence where you are registering to vote and requesting an absentee ballot. You cannot use a post office box mailing address. If your address is a rural route, use Section 6 to describe the location of your voting residence.

Section 3

Enter your current mailing address, even if you are requesting your ballot by email/online or fax. If you want your election materials sent to a different address or have a forwarding address, use the forwarding address space to provide this information.

Section 4

Your contact information is recommended so your election official can contact you if they need additional information from you in order to accept your FPCA. If you want to receive your absentee ballot by email/online or fax, you must provide your email address or fax number.

Section 5

You can receive your absentee ballot by mail, email/online or fax. Select your preferred method of receiving your absentee ballot.


To vote in primary elections, you must enter the name of the party ballot you want to receive. Political party affiliation is not required if requesting an absentee ballot for general elections.

Section 6

You must provide your race.


You must provide your previous location of registration, if in another state.


Provide any information that may assist your election official in accepting this form. You can use this space to designate particular elections or the period you wish to receive ballots.

Section 7

Sign and date. No witness signature required.

How and where to submit your FPCA

You can submit the FPCA by mail, email or fax. Contact information can be found in the "Local Election Offices" section or online at FVAP.gov.

Mail your FPCA: Once your FPCA is complete, mail your FPCA directly to your election official.

Email your FPCA: Scan the signed FPCA into your computer. Be sure to also include the Transmission Cover Sheet. Email this package directly to your election official.

Fax your FPCA: Fax your FPCA directly to your election official. Be sure to also include the Transmission Cover Sheet. You may use the DoD Fax Service to fax your FPCA if you do not have access to a fax machine to fax your election official directly. Instructions for the DoD Fax Service are in the "Important Information" section or online at FVAP.gov.

To find out the status of your FPCA, contact your election official. Your election official will contact you if your FPCA is not accepted.

Voting your ballot

Once you receive your absentee ballot from your State it must be returned according to the deadlines and requirements in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart. For special federal elections, visit FVAP.gov for specific deadlines.

You can submit the State absentee ballot by mail, email or fax. Contact information can be found in the "Local Election Offices" section. If you do not have access to a fax machine to fax your election official directly, you may use the DoD Fax Service to fax your ballot. Overseas Uniformed Service members can request to have the Prepaid Mail Label 11-DoD applied to the general election ballot. Additional information about this label can be found in the "Important Information" section.

Haven't received your ballot? Use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

The FWAB can be used to register to vote. If you are using the FWAB to register, it must be received by the registration deadline listed in the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart.

You can use the FWAB to vote in federal elections.

Complete the following sections of the FWAB's voter information page

Section 1

Select the category that best describes you.


Enter your current name (Last, First). If you are registered under a different name, provide this information in the previous name area.


Your date of birth is required.


You must provide your Social Security Number.

Section 2

Enter the complete street address of your voting residence where you are registering to vote and requesting an absentee ballot. You cannot use a post office box mailing address. If your address is a rural route, use Section 6 to describe the location of your voting residence.

Section 3

Enter your current mailing address. If you want your election materials sent to a different address or have a forwarding address, use the forwarding address space to provide this information.

Section 4

Your contact information is recommended so your election official can contact you if they need additional information from you to accept your FWAB.

Section 5

Check Yes if you would like to register to vote and/or request an absentee ballot, otherwise check No.


You can receive your absentee ballot by mail, email/online or fax. Select your preferred method of receiving your absentee ballot.


To vote in primary elections, you must enter the name of the party primary in which you are voting. Political party affiliation is not required if voting an absentee ballot in general elections.

Section 6

You must provide your race.


You must provide your previous location of registration, if in another state.


Provide any information that may assist the election official in accepting this form. You can use this space to designate particular elections or the period you wish to receive ballots.

Section 7

Sign and date. No witness signature required.

Section 1

Select the category that best describes you.


Enter your current name (Last, First). If you are registered under a different name, provide this information in the previous name area.


Your date of birth is required.


You must provide your Social Security Number.

Section 2

Enter the complete street address of your voting residence where you are registering to vote and requesting an absentee ballot. You cannot use a post office box mailing address. If your address is a rural route, use Section 6 to describe the location of your voting residence.

Section 3

Enter your current mailing address. If you want your election materials sent to a different address or have a forwarding address, use the forwarding address space to provide this information.

Section 4

Your contact information is recommended so your election official can contact you if they need additional information from you to accept your FWAB.

Section 5

Check Yes if you would like to register to vote and/or request an absentee ballot, otherwise check No.


You can receive your absentee ballot by mail, email/online or fax. Select your preferred method of receiving your absentee ballot.


To vote in primary elections, you must enter the name of the party primary in which you are voting. Political party affiliation is not required if voting an absentee ballot in general elections.

Section 6

You must provide your race.


You must provide your previous location of registration, if in another state.


Provide any information that may assist the election official in accepting this form. You can use this space to designate particular elections or the period you wish to receive ballots.

Section 7

Sign and date. No witness signature required.

Vote your FWAB

To vote, write in either a candidate's name or political party for each office. You are not required to make a selection for each and every contest.

How and where to submit your FWAB

You can submit the FWAB by mail, email or fax. Contact information can be found in the "Local Election Offices" section or online at FVAP.gov.

Mail your FWAB: Once your FWAB is complete, sign and date the Voter Information page. Fold along the dotted line and seal the completed Official Backup Ballot, do not write on the Official Ballot envelope. Insert the sealed Official Ballot envelope and the Voter Information page into the mailing envelope and mail your FWAB directly to your election official. Overseas Uniformed Service members can request to have the Prepaid Mail Label 11-DoD applied to the general election ballot. Additional information about this label can be found in the "Important Information" section or online at FVAP.gov.

Email your FWAB: Once your FWAB is complete, sign and date the Voter Information page. Scan the signed Voter Information page, the Official Backup Ballot and the Transmission Cover Sheet into your computer. Be sure to also sign the secrecy waiver on the Transmission Cover Sheet. Email this ballot package directly to your election official.

Fax your FWAB: Once your FWAB is complete, sign and date the Voter Information page. Fax the signed Voter Information page, the Official Backup Ballot and the Transmission Cover Sheet directly to your election official. Be sure to also sign the secrecy waiver on the Transmission Cover Sheet. You may use the DoD Fax Service to fax your FWAB toll-free if you do not have access to a fax machine to fax your election official directly. Instructions for the DoD Fax Service are in the "Important Information" section or online at FVAP.gov.

See the "Federal Election Deadlines" chart for the deadline for submitting the FWAB. If you receive the State absentee ballot after transmitting your voted FWAB, you may also vote and return the State absentee ballot. If both are received by the deadline, only the State absentee ballot will be counted.

Local election offices for county

County Mailing Address
Abbeville Abbeville Board of Voter Registration
901 W Greenwood St.
Abbeville, SC 29620
Phone: (864) 366-2400 x53
Fax: (864) 366-5797
Aiken Aiken Board of Voter Registration
P.O. Box 3127
Aiken, SC 29802
Phone: (803) 642-2028
Fax: (803) 642-2029
Allendale Allendale Board of Voter Registration
158 McNair St
Allendale, SC 29810
Phone: (803) 584-4178
Fax: (803) 584-8147
Anderson Anderson Board of Voter Registration
P.O. Box 8002
Anderson, SC 29624
Phone: (864) 260-4035
Fax: (864) 260-4203
Bamberg Bamberg Board of Voter Registration
P.O. Box 947
Bamberg, SC 29003
Phone: (803) 245-3028
Fax: (803) 245-3027
Barnwell Barnwell Board of Voter Registration
367 Fuldner Road, P.O. Box 668
Barnwell, SC 29812
Phone: (803) 541-1060
Fax: (803) 541-3683
Beaufort Beaufort Board of Voter Registration
P.O. Box 1228
Beaufort, SC 29901-1228
Phone: (843) 255-6900
Fax: (843) 524-0617
Berkeley Berkeley Board of Voter Registration
P.O. Box 6122
Moncks Corner, SC 29461
Phone: (843) 719-4056
Fax: (843) 719-4060
Calhoun Calhoun Board of Voter Registration
102 Courthouse Dr, Ste 113
St. Matthews, SC 29135
Phone: (803) 874-2929
Fax: (803) 874-1242
Charleston Charleston Board of Voter Registration
P.O. Box 71419
Charleston, SC 29415
Phone: (843) 744-8683
Fax: (843) 745-2236
Cherokee Cherokee Board of Voter Registration
110 Railroad Ave
Gaffney, SC 29340
Phone: (864) 902-2330
Fax: (864) 902-1127
Chester Chester Board of Voter Registration
P.O. Box 580
Chester, SC 29706
Phone: (803) 385-2562
Fax: (803) 581-2696
Chesterfield Chesterfield Board of Voter Registration
416 W Blvd
Chesterfield, SC 29709
Phone: (843) 623-2265
Fax: (843) 623-3196
Clarendon Clarendon Board of Voter Registration
411 Sunset Drive
Manning, SC 29102
Phone: (803) 435-8215
Fax: (803) 435-9074
Colleton Colleton Board of Voter Registration
P.O. Box 97
Walterboro, SC 29488
Phone: (843) 549-2842
Fax: (843) 549-2812
Darlington Darlington Board of Voter Registration
131 Cashua St
Darlington, SC 29532-3222
Phone: (843) 398-4900
Fax: (843) 398-4907
Dillon Dillon Board of Voter Registration
P.O. Box 973
Dillon, SC 29536
Phone: (843) 774-1403
Fax: (843) 841-3728
Dorchester Dorchester Board of Voter Registration
201 Johnston St
Saint George, SC 29477
Phone: (843) 563-0132
Fax: (843) 563-0186
Edgefield Edgefield Board of Voter Registration
P.O. Box 442
Edgefield, SC 29824-0442
Phone: (803) 637-4072
Fax: (803) 637-4134
Fairfield Fairfield Board of Voter Registration
P.O. Drawer 60
Winnsboro, SC 29180-0060
Phone: (803) 635-6255
Fax: (803) 635-5095
Florence Florence Board of Voter Registration
219 Third Loop Rd
Florence, SC 29505
Phone: (843) 665-3094
Fax: (843) 292-1613
Georgetown Georgetown Board of Voter Registration
303 N Hazard St
Georgetown, SC 29440
Phone: (843) 545-3339
Fax: (843) 545-3342
Greenville Greenville Board of Voter Registration
301 University Ridge, Ste 1900
Greenville, SC 29601-3668
Phone: (864) 467-7250
Fax: (864) 467-7256
Greenwood Greenwood Board of Voter Registration
600 Monument St, Box P-117
Greenwood, SC 29646-2643
Phone: (864) 942-8585
Fax: (864) 942-5664
Hampton Hampton Board of Voter Registration
201 Jackson Ave W
Hampton, SC 29924
Phone: (803) 914-2080
Fax: (803) 914-2083
Horry Horry Board of Voter Registration
1515 4th Ave
Conway, SC 29526
Phone: (843) 915-5440
Fax: (843) 915-6440
Jasper Jasper Board of Voter Registration
P.O. Box 299
Ridgeland, SC 29936-0299
Phone: (843) 726-7709
Fax: (843) 726-7626
Kershaw Kershaw Board of Voter Registration
609 Lafayette AvE
Camden, SC 29020
Phone: (803) 424-4016
Fax: (803) 424-4012
Lancaster Lancaster Board of Voter Registration
P.O. Box 1809
Lancaster, SC 29721
Phone: (803) 285-2969
Fax: (803) 416-9357
Laurens Laurens Board of Voter Registration
P.O. Box 769
Laurens, SC 29360
Phone: (864) 984-4431
Fax: (864) 983-2529
Lee Lee Board of Voter Registration
P.O. Box 309
Bishopville, SC 29010
Phone: (803) 484-5341 x324
Fax: (803) 484-4392
Lexington Lexington Board of Voter Registration
605 W Main St, Ste 105
Lexington, SC 29072
Phone: (803) 785-8361
Fax: (803) 785-8390
Marion Marion Board of Voter Registration
137 Airport Ct, Ste E
Mullins, SC 29574
Phone: (843) 423-8268
Fax: (843) 423-8267
Marlboro Marlboro Board of Voter Registration
119 S Marlboro St
Bennettsville, SC 29512-0502
Phone: (843) 479-5612
Fax: (843) 454-0633
McCormick McCormick Board of Voter Registration
P.O. Box 636
McCormick, SC 29835
Phone: (864) 852-2089
Fax: (864) 852-2489
Newberry Newberry Board of Voter Registration
P.O. Box 147
Newberry, SC 29108
Phone: (803) 321-2121
Fax: (803) 321-2122
Oconee Oconee Board of Voter Registration
415 S Pine St.
Walhalla, SC 29691
Phone: (864) 638-4196
Fax: (864) 638-4197
Orangeburg Orangeburg Board of Voter Registration
P.O. Box 9000
Orangeburg, SC 29116-9000
Phone: (803) 533-6210
Fax: (803) 533-6215
Pickens Pickens Board of Voter Registration
222 McDaniel Ave, B-9
Pickens, SC 29671
Phone: (864) 898-5949
Fax: (864) 898-5637
Richland Richland Board of Voter Registration
P.O. Box 192
Columbia, SC 29202
Phone: (803) 576-2240
Fax: (803) 576-2249
Saluda Saluda Board of Voter Registration
111 Law Range
Saluda, SC 29138
Phone: (864) 445-4500 x2200
Fax: (864) 445-9187
Spartanburg Spartanburg Board of Voter Registration
P.O. Box 1287
Spartanburg, SC 29304
Phone: (864) 596-2549
Fax: (864) 596-2958
Sumter Sumter Board of Voter Registration
141 N Main St, Room 114
Sumter, SC 29150-4987
Phone: (803) 436-2313
Fax: (803) 436-2405
Union Union Board of Voter Registration
320 E Main St
Union, SC 29379
Phone: (864) 429-1616
Fax: (864) 427-7851
Williamsburg Williamsburg Board of Voter Registration
5 Courthouse Sq
Kingstree, SC 29556
Phone: (843) 355-6044
Fax: (843) 355-2039
York York Board of Voter Registration
EC Black Bldg, 13 S Congress St
York, SC 29745
Phone: (803) 684-1242
Fax: (803) 684-7801