Voting in South Carolina
Early Voting Now in Effect in South Carolina
COLUMBIA, SC (May 13, 2022) – Governor McMaster, on Friday, May 13, 2022, signed into law legislation passed by the General Assembly that establishes early voting in South Carolina. Any voter can visit an early-voting location in their county and vote like they would at their polling place on Election Day. Absentee By-Mail balloting is available but with significant changes to the application and balloting processes.
In-person absentee voting is no longer allowed by SC State Law and has been replaced
with a two-week early voting period.
Voters planning on voting prior to Election Day must vote during the Early Voting period or apply for Absentee By-Mail ballot.
SC Voters now have three methods of voting:
- Absentee ( BY- MAIL ONLY )
- Early Voting
- Election Day
York County Government Center
Board of Voter Registration and Election Office of York County
6 South Congress Street, Suite 1201
York SC 29745
Election Day Voting
Polling places are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. Anyone in line at 7:00 p.m. will be allowed to vote. On Election Day, Voters must cast their ballot at their registered polling location or precinct. Check your voter registration information at scvotes.gov. Absentee By Mail Ballots cannot be returned or surrendered at the polls on election day.
Any voter, who because of physical handicap or age (65 or older), cannot enter the polling place in which he is registered to vote, or is unable to stand in line to vote, may vote outside that polling place in the vehicle in which he has driven or has been driven to the polls. Outside every precinct is a designated Curbside Voting parking space that the voter will need to park in and a Poll Manager will bring the voting machine to the vehicle in order for the voter to cast his/her ballot.
Curbside Voting is an option on Election Day that is available to any voter that may need this service; however, voting an Absentee Ballot by Mail can eliminate driving to the polls on election day.
Moved Within the County or Name Changes
If you move within York County or have a name change you need to correct your voter registration information. If you have your paper Voter Registration Card, please complete the back of the card with the correct information and return to our office. If you do not have your card, you can mail, email or fax the following information to the Registration and Elections Office:
- First and Last Name
- New Address
- Old Address
- Signature (if using mail)
- Telephone Number
- Voter Registration Number
A new voter registration card will be mailed to you after corrections are made. The name of your precinct will appear on the white stub attached to your card and also includes the election districts you are eligible to vote in.
Register to Vote
- Register Online
- Requires S.C. Driver's License or DMV ID
- If you have moved, you must first update your residence address with DMV
- Register by mail, email, fax
- Download a voter registration form, complete it, and return it to the York County Board of Voter Registration and Elections.
- Register in person
- Visit York County Board of Voter Registration and Elections and register in person. You can also register while receiving services at various agencies including the Department of Motor Vehicles.
- See a complete list of agencies providing voter registration under the National Voter Registration Act.
Straight Party Voting
Voting straight party will record a vote for all candidates within the same political party of your choice. A straight party vote does not include school board, nonpartisan, petition candidates, or questions.
Nonpartisan Offices & Candidates
School Board Trustees, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Watershed Conservation Districts, Mayors, and City/Town Councils are Nonpartisan Offices. Candidates for these offices will be listed on the ballot after the partisan offices in alphabetical order by last name.
Voting For Individual Candidates
Vote for the candidates you choose regardless of party affiliation.
Combination of Straight Party & Individual Candidate Voting
Vote straight party but you may also vote for one or more candidates that are not affiliated with your straight party vote. A vote will be recorded for each candidate listed under the party you choose except where you indicated another preference.
Voting Before Election Day in South Carolina
Absentee Voting begins 30 days prior before all elections.
Absentee voting is allowed if you are unable to go to the polls for a number of reasons. Qualifications can be found at SCVotes.org.
Absentee In-Person Voting LocationYork County Government Center
Board of Voter Registration and Elections of York County
6 South Congress St, Level 1, Suite 1201
York SC 29745
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm
Phone: (803) 684-1242 or (803) 909-7194
Email: [email protected]
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:
- Online Absentee Application Request from SCVotes.gov
VOTERS MUST PRINT, SIGN, & RETURN THE APPLICATION WHEN USING THE ONLINE REQUEST
---> If you were unable to print your application, contact our office immediately.
- Regular Mail, Email, Phone, Fax, or In-Person
Absentee Voting Methods
Voters may vote Absentee by two methods: By Mail or In-PersonVoting 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.
In-Person Absentee Voting is available until 5pm on the day before the Election.
- Visit the Registration and Elections Office.
- Complete an Absentee Ballot Application
- Mark and Cast your Absentee Ballot