Media Releases

October 31, 2020

Board Voter Registration and Elections Office of York County
6 S Congress Street, Suite 1201, York SC 29745
803-684-1242 or 803-909-7194

Safeguards Protect Election Integrity as Second Ballots Erroneously Mailed YORK, S.C. (October 31, 2020)

Due to an error with the ballot mailing vendor, approximately 2,200 absentee ballots were erroneously mailed resulting in a number of York County voters receiving two ballots. While this should not happen, it is not an issue with the integrity of the election. The safeguard in place, to ensure a voter cannot vote twice, occurs when the voter returns the ballot. The ballot is logged into the system, and if another ballot were to be returned, it would not be counted. If a voter receives a second ballot for any reason, and they have already returned one, they should simple destroy the ballot.

September 3, 2020

Board Voter Registration and Elections Office of York County
6 S Congress Street, Suite 1201, York SC 29745
803-684-1242 or 803-909-7194

Election 2020: Registration Deadline Approaches; Officials Urge Citizens to Register, Combat Misinformation

York County Voter Registration and Election Officials are urging York County citizens to prepare for the upcoming general election by registering to vote by the 30 day deadline and/or verifying their voter registration information and status ahead of the election. The election, scheduled for November 3, 2020, includes the Presidential race, along with several state and local offices, including State House, State Senate, County Council and School Board. 

In order to vote in this election, citizens would need to be properly registered by the following deadlines:

  • In person at the York County Elections Office, 6 S Congress St, York, by Friday, October 2
  • Online at or by fax 803-684-7801 by Sunday, October 4 by 11:59 pm
  • By mail to Elections Office, 6 S Congress St. Suite 1201, York, SC 29745.  Must be postmarked by Monday, October 5

Voters can review their information for accuracy online at  Voters can also do the following online at

  • Register to vote
  • Check and update voter information
  • Check absentee ballot status
  • Apply for an absentee ballot (must print document, sign, and send to office)
  • View a sample ballot

Additionally, officials urge voters to properly vet information concerning voting before making assumptions all rumors are true.

“Prior to almost every election, we hear about misinformation being circulated within the community,” Wanda Hemphill, Director of the York County Voter Registration and Elections office said. “Some people may be well-intentioned, whereas some may actually seek to create confusion.   Regardless, misinformation can cause issues for our voters.” 

Numerous phone calls have been received by York County Election Officials regarding postcards received from an unidentified group advising voters they are not registered to vote. “While this group may have good intentions, it has created some anxiety for our voters. “  Hemphill said.  Of the voters who have called to check their information, all have been accurate and registered to vote, she said.  “It could be the group just had some bad data,” Hemphill said.  

York County Election Officials said the best way to follow election related information is to visit the York County Voter Registration and Elections Office website at or

Voters may also contact the elections office by email at [email protected] or by calling the office at 803-684-1242 or 803-909-7194.

Voters are strongly encouraged to check their information online at and update incorrect or out-of-date information. 

July 31, 2020

Board Voter Registration and Elections Office of York County
6 S Congress Street, Suite 1201, York SC 29745
803-684-1242 or 803-909-7194

Filing for Nonpartisan Offices Opens Monday at Noon

The York County Board of Voter Registration and Elections announced filing for nonpartisan offices would open Monday of next week.  Individuals interested in filing for school board or watershed can do so between Monday, August 3 and Monday, August 17, beginning and ending at noon.  

The following offices will be available for filing: 

  • York School District No. 1 - Seats 1, 3, 4, 5, At-Large
  • Clover School District No. 2 - Seats 3, 4, At-Large
  • Rock Hill School District No. 3 - Seats 1, 3, 5, At-Large
  • Fort Mill School District No. 4 - Three At-Large Seats
  • Fishing Creek Watershed Conservation District 13 - Three Seats
  • Tinker's Creek Watershed Conservation District 33 - Three Seats

There are no filing fees associated with the offices, however, candidates must file with the York County Board of Voter Registration and Elections during the filing time, which is located at The Government Center, 6 South Congress Street, Suite 1201, York, SC 29745.  

Download Filing Forms or Complete the Forms at the Time of Filing.  

For more information, please visit or call 803-684-1242.

June 1st, 2020

York County Elections Office to open Saturday, June 6, for Absentee Voting; Temporary Moves for Precincts on Election Day Announced

The office of the Board of Voter Registration and Elections of York County announced absentee voting hours will include Saturday, June 6, 2020, from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. Absentee voting is also available Monday through Friday, 8:00 am until 5:00 pm through Monday, June 8, 2020, in their office at 6 South Congress Street, York.

Polling locations will be open from 7 am until 7 pm on Election Day, Tuesday, June 9, 2020.

The following polling locations will be temporarily moved and in place for the June Primaries:

  • Hollis Lakes precinct will move from Ebenezer Presbyterian Church to The Body, 2115 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill, SC 29732
  • Manchester precinct will move from Manchester Community Church to Rock Hill Ops Center, 757 S Anderson Road, Rock Hill, SC 29730
  • Fort Mill 4 and Springfield precincts will move from Unity Presbyterian Church to Bethlehem Baptist Church, 601 Joe Louis Street, Fort Mill, SC 29715
  • Baxter and Kanawha precincts will move from Philadelphia United Methodist Church in Fort Mill to Baxter Close YMCA, 857 Promenade Walk, Fort Mill, SC 29708

Additional temporary moves of polling locations are expected.

Voters, including those voting absentee in person before the election, will be asked to provide one of the following types of photo ids:

  • SC Driver’s License
  • SC DMV ID Card or SC Concealed Weapons Permit
  • Federal Military ID or Veterans Affairs Card
  • US Passport
  • SC Voter Registration Card with photo, which can be obtained at the York County Elections Office

For more information concerning voting in South Carolina, please visit

May 7th, 2020

Voter Registration and Elections Office of York County
 6 S Congress Street, Suite 1201, York SC 29745
803-684-1242 or 803-909-7194

Deadline for Voter Registration Quickly Approaches; Absentee Precinct Open

Officials from the Voter Registration and Elections Office of York County announced the deadline for the upcoming South Carolina State and Local Primaries, scheduled for Tuesday, June 9. In order to vote in the primaries, citizens would need to be registered in York County by the following deadlines:

  • In person: Friday May 8, 5:00 pm
  • Online, by fax or email: Sunday, May 10, 11:59 pm
  • By mail, postmarked: Monday, May 11

Voters are encouraged to visit to view their sample ballot and check their voter registration information for accuracy. Voters registered to York County but needing to update their information should do so before May 25 to ensure the election books are accurate on Election Day.

Absentee voting opened a week early, beginning on Monday, May 4, in an effort to spread voters across five weeks instead of four. Reducing the numbers at the polls, while not reducing voter participation, will help keep voters and workers safer at the polls on Election Day. Absentee ballots are counted on Election Day and are usually the first numbers reported on Election Night.

• If voting absentee by mail, please apply now. Qualifications to vote absentee include:

  • Being age 65 or older
  • Having a disability (includes illness and injury)
  • Attending a sick or disabled person

Go to for a full list of absentee qualifications and to get your application.

Absentee voting in person is available Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm. Although not required in order to vote, it is recommended voters wear masks in the Government Center to help protect themselves, other voters, and employees. Voters may also want to bring their own pen. Absentee in person will close on Monday, June 8, at 5 pm.

Polling locations will open on Tuesday, June 9, from 7 am – 7 pm for voting on Election Day. Please check online at for any polling location changes before going to the polls to vote on June 9. For more information about York County Elections, visit


York County Government Center
Board of Voter Registration and Elections of York County
Level 1, Suite 1201
6 South Congress St
York SC 29745

 Main Phone: (803) 684-1242
 Fort Mill Area:  (803) 909-7194
 Fax: (803) 684-7801
[email protected]