Absentee Voting

Absentee Voting in South Carolina

Absentee Voting begins 30 days prior and ends the day before all elections. 

Absentee voting is allowed if you are unable to go to the polls for a number of reasons. Absentee Voting Qualifications can be found at SCVotes.org.

Requesting an Absentee Application

When requesting an Absentee Ballot Application, please have the following information ready:

  • Voter’s Name
  • Voter Registration Certificate Number or Date of Birth
  • Home address and telephone number
  • Absentee address of voter, if applicable

Requests for an Absentee Application can be submitted by several methods:

  1. Online Absentee Application Request from SCVotes.org
    ---> If you were unable to print your application, contact our office immediately.

  2. Regular Mail, Email, Phone, Fax, or In-Person

Absentee Voting Methods

Voters may vote Absentee by two methods: By Mail or In-Person

Voting By Mail

The Absentee Voting by Mail is a time-sensitive process, please make all efforts to return applications and/or ballots back to our office as soon as possible.

To vote absentee by mail, a voter will need to complete a 4-step mailing process:

  1. The voter, or an immediate family member, requests an application be mailed to the voter. The requester must also be a registered voter in York County and provide their voter registration number, address and relationship to voter.
  2. The voter is mailed an application to complete, sign and returned.
  3. The ballot is mailed only after the Registration and Elections Office has received the completed application.
  4. The voter mails the ballot back to the Registration and Elections Office so it is received no later than 7 p.m. on the day of the election.
Voting In Person

In-Person Absentee Voting is available until 5pm on the day before the Election.

  1. Visit the Registration and Elections Office.
  2. Complete an Absentee Ballot Application
  3. Mark and Cast their Absentee Ballot