South Carolina

Can You Vote Absentee?

In order to vote in U.S. elections you must be:

  • a U.S. citizen.
  • at least 18 years old.
  • be absent from your voting residence.

The absentee voting process applies to you if you are:

  • an active duty member of the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine;
  • an eligible spouse or family member of an active duty member of the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine; or
  • a U.S. citizen residing outside the U.S.

Federal Election Deadlines

Registration Ballot Request Ballot Return
Presidential Primary - Rep February 20, 2016
Received by January 20, 2016
Received by 7 PM, February 20, 2016
By Email or Fax: Received by 7 PM, February 20, 2016
By Mail: Sent by* 7 PM, February 20, 2016
Presidential Primary - Dem February 27, 2016
Received by January 27, 2016
Received by 7 PM, February 27, 2016
By Email or Fax: Received by 7 PM, February 27, 2016
By Mail: Sent by* 7 PM, February 27, 2016
State Primary June 14, 2016
Received by May 14, 2016
Received by 7 PM, June 14, 2016
By Email or Fax: Received by 7 PM, June 14, 2016
By Mail: Sent by** 7 PM, June 14, 2016
State Primary Runoff June 28, 2016
Received by May 14, 2016
Received by 7 PM, June 28, 2016
By Email or Fax: Received by 7 PM, June 28, 2016
By Mail: Sent by** 7 PM, June 28, 2016
General Election
November 8, 2016
Return by Email or Fax: Received by 11:59 PM, October 9, 2016
Postmarked by* October 11, 2016
Received by 7 PM, November 8, 2016
By Email or Fax: Received by 7 PM, November 8, 2016
By Mail: Sent by*** 7 PM, November 8, 2016

*Ballot Return: Presidential Primary ballots must be received by 5pm on the 4th day after the election.

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

***Ballot Return: General Election ballots must be received by 5pm on 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.

Register to Vote, Request a Ballot, or Update My Voter Info

You must register and request an absentee ballot in your State of legal residence by completing the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) and submit it to your local election office.

Download fillable FPCA

Using an iOS device? You may need to download a third-party tool to fill out your FPCA.

Get My Ballot

You may use the Federal Write-in Ballot (FWAB) to cast your absentee ballot, register to vote or request future absentee ballots.

Download fillable FWAB

Using an iOS device? You may need to download a third-party tool to fill out your FWAB.

Check the Status of My Voted Ballot

After sending in your voted absentee ballot, you are entitled to find out its status.