South Carolina Voting Information

Registering to Vote

1. Register Online:  You may register to vote online. To complete your Voter Registration online, you MUST have a valid driver's license or identification card issued by the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles. These documents must show your current address. Click here to register online.

If your address has changed, you MUST update your address with DMV first before proceeding with Online Voter Registration. You may change your address online at the DMV.

To check to see if you are registered or to see if your registration is up to date with the SC Election Commission, click on the button below.

2. Register In Person:  You may register in person at the Beaufort County Board of Elections.  The Beaufort County Board of Voter Registration & Elections has a satellite office in Bluffton located at  61-B, Ulmer Road, in Bluffton.  Most of the year the office is only open on Wednesdays, 9 am to 4 pm (closed for lunch from 1-2pm).  Near the elections, their hours change. For information, call the Beaufort main office at 843-255-6900 or visit their website  www.beaufortcountysc.gov/vote/ 

3. Register by Mail or Fax: You can download a voter registration form and return it by mail or fax or email.  Click here to download a voter registration form,  complete it, and return it to the Beaufort County Board of Voter Registration & Elections by mail or fax.

Beaufort County Board of Voter Registration & Elections

Post Office Drawer 1228

Beaufort, SC 29901-1228

Fax: (843) 255-9429 or (843) 524-0617

Email: voter@bcgov.net

Deadlines:  You must be registered at least 30 days prior to any election in order to vote in that election. Registration by mail applications must be postmarked at least 30 days prior to that particular election to be eligible. If the deadline falls on a Sunday or U.S. Postal Service holiday, the postmark deadline is extended to the next day that is not a Sunday or holiday. 

Voting

1.  In Person on Election Day

You must show an ID when voting in person:  

  • SC Driver's License

  • SC Department of Motor Vehicles ID Card

  • SC Voter Registration Card with Photo

  • Federal Military ID

  • US Passport

 

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.

 

Early Voting - On May 13, 2022, Governor McMaster signed into law legislation passed by the General Assembly that establishes Early Voting and makes significant changes to the Absentee Voting process. 

  1. Absentee Voting is exclusively for those who need to vote by mail. There are specific rules and a complex process to vote by mail. Click here for detailed information.

  2. In-person Early Voting is now available to everyone for any reason at designated early voting locations.  For detailed information on Ealy Voting for the current election, click here.