Due to the hectic and unknown nature of life, many individuals may need to vote early to have their votes tallied. The state of South Carolina offers an easy to follow absentee voting process. With a little bit of planning, being able to cast your vote before Election Day should not be too much of a hindrance.
To be allowed to vote in the South Carolina, an individual must first register to vote. Voter registration applications are due at least 30 days prior to the date of the election.
To be eligible to vote, an individual must be a United States citizen, at least 18 years old by Election Day and a resident of South Carolina. An individual cannot be mentally incompetent, confined to prison or have been convicted of a felony.
In order to vote early in South Carolina, an individual needs to submit an absentee ballot. To be issued an absentee ballot, an individual must prove why she needs to vote early. Acceptable reasons to qualify for an absentee ballot include being on vacation on Election Day, members of the armed forces, individuals who cannot make it to a voting location due to employment, being older than 65 years old or having to attend a funeral.
Individuals can vote early either by mail or in person. An individual can vote in person at his local county voter registration office up until 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election. By mail, you will contact your country voter registration office to request an absentee ballot application. The state of South Carolina allows for this request to be made by phone, fax, email or mail. An application will be mailed to your address. The completed application must be returned to your country voter registration office by 5:00 p.m., four days before Election Day. The ballots can be returned via fax, mail, email or in person. Once the county has received your completed application, an absentee ballot will be mailed. This ballot must be returned to your county voter registration office no later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. Ballots can be returned in person or by mail.
All absentee ballots must be placed in the provided “Ballots Herein” envelope. This envelope must then be placed in the provided “Return Envelope”. The return envelope must be signed and witnessed. State law requires that a voter sign his own ballot. A “Power of Attorney” is not allowed to sign a ballot. If an individual is unable to write or read, she may be assisted but must make her own mark on the ballot.