If You Can't Make it to the Polls on Election Day - Vote Absentee
Absentee Voting begins 30 days prior and ends the day before all elections. You may be eligible to vote using an absentee ballot. Absentee voting is allowed if you are unable to go to the polls for a number of reasons. A complete list of qualifications can be found at the South Carolina Election Commission website.
A voter may vote absentee by two methods:
- In Person
- By Mail
Overview of the Absentee Voting Process
Any voter that is qualified to vote an Absentee ballot, by mail or in person, will follow this process:
- Voter Requests an Absentee Application for the desired election.
- Voter Returns completed and signed application to the County Voter Registration Office.
- County Voter Registration Office provides the Voter with the appropriate Absentee Ballot.
- Voter votes the ballot following ballot instructions.
- Voter Returns the ballot to the County Voter Registration Office.
Requesting an Absentee Application
Requests for an Absentee Application can submitted to the County Voter Registration Office in a variety of methods:
- Regular Mail, Email, Phone, Fax or In-Person
- Online Absentee Application Request, you will need:
- Access to a computer with a printer in order print the application and the Acrobat Reader software must also be installed prior to starting this process. Download, print, sign and date your personal absentee application. Signed applications must be returned by mail, email, fax, or personal delivery.
Voting Absentee In Person
To vote absentee in person, a voter will need one of 5 forms of photo ID
- South Carolina Driver's License
- ID issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
- U.S. Passport
- Military or Veterans Affairs card
- Voter Registration Card with a photo
Voters can come to the Registration and Elections office during office hours and vote in person if they have one of the qualifying reasons. Voters will complete all paperwork and vote on the Ivotronic machines while at the office and their vote will be counted as part of the absentee precinct on Election Day. Absentee voting in person is allowed up until the close of the office on the day before the election.
Voting Absentee 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:
- 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.
- The voter is mailed an application to complete, sign and returned.
- The ballot is mailed only after the Registration and Elections Office has received the completed application.
- 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.
- Voter's Name
- Voter Registration Certificate Number or Social Security Number
- Home address and telephone number
- Absentee address of voter, if applicable