Important Dates to Remember
All South Carolina voters are eligible to vote absentee in the November election due to COVID-19. In-person absentee voting is underway across the state and runs through November 2. If you would like to vote absentee by mail, you must request your ballot by October 24. Ballots can be returned in person or by mail, so plan accordingly as your ballot must be received by 7:00 pm on November 3.
Of course, you can always vote in person on election day – Tuesday, November 3.
Learn more about absentee voting here.
Witness Signature Required for Absentee Ballots
The US Supreme Court stepped in and said South Carolina voters must have their absentee ballot signed by a witness for the November election. This ruling comes as lower courts have continued to go back and forth on the issue over the past few weeks. Because the ruling came amid absentee voting, the court order specifies that all ballots received through October 7 must be counted regardless of signature.
So who can be a witness? Anyone. A spouse, friend, neighbor, or child can witness and sign the voter mail-in envelope along with their address. No notary or any other type of authorization is required.
Please visit the SC Election Commission for more information and additional voter resources.