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.

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.  The office is only open on Wednesdays, 9 am to 4 pm (closed for lunch from 1-2pm).  For more information, call the Beaufort main office at 843-255-6900 or visit their website 

3. Register by Mail or Fax: You can download a voter registration form and returned 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


Deadlines:  The deadline to register as a voter for Primary Elections is usually in mid June.  The deadline to register for the General Election is typically in in the beginning of October. We will update this information for 2020 when it becomes available.


1.  In Person:  

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.


2.  Absentee Voting:  Qualified voters can vote absentee in person or by mail.  Photo ID is required to vote absentee in person.  Photo ID is not required to vote absentee by mail.  You must be able to meet one of the 16 reasons to vote absentee including being out of town on election day, work schedule conflicts, you are a caregiver or over the age of 65 years. 


  • Absentee Voting by Mail:

    • Get the application online. Use this link to get your application or the application of an immediate family member online.  To get your application online, you must be able to print your application or save your application for printing later. You can also use this link to access your application to print again.   

    • Request an application for yourself or your immediate family member from Beaufort Election Commission by phone, mail, email, or fax. You will be mailed an application.

      • Mail: Beaufort County Board of Voter Registration & Elections,  Post Office Drawer 1228,  Beaufort, SC 29901-1228

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

      • Email:

    • Once you have printed your application online or received your application in the mail, you must now complete and sign the application and return it to your county voter registration office. You should return the application as soon as possible but no later than 5:00 p.m. on the 4th day prior to the election (the 4th day is Friday for all Tuesday elections). You may return the application by mail, email, fax, or personal delivery. You will receive your absentee ballot in the mail.

    • Complete the ballot following ballot instructions and return it to the Beaufort County Board of Elections office in Bluffton or Beaufort by 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election. You may return the ballot personally or by mail but it must be received by 7:00 p.m. on election day. You may also have another person return the ballot for you, but you must first complete an authorization to return absentee ballot form, available from your county voter registration office.

  • Absentee Voting In Person:  To vote absentee in person, visit the Bluffton or Beaufort County Election Offices, complete an application and cast your vote.  You may vote absentee in person up until 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election.