SC voter registration deadlines extended due to Hurricane Matthew

- All South Carolina voters will now have more time to return voter registration applications for the 2016 General Election.  This will provide additional opportunity for citizens to register who are affected by voter registration office and post office closures related to Hurricane Matthew.  Post offices are also closed on Monday, October 10 due to a federal holiday. 

The following deadlines apply to all South Carolina voters:

Registration by Mail:  Any voter registration by mail application that is postmarked Tuesday, October 11 will be accepted.

Online Voter Registration: Any online voter registration application submitted before midnight on Sunday, October 9 will be accepted.

Applications submitted by fax or email:  Any faxed or emailed application received by county voter registration offices before midnight on Sunday, October 9 will be accepted.

In-person applications at county voter registration offices:  Voters must register in person no later than Saturday, October 8.  NOTE:  Due to Hurricane Matthew, some county voter registration offices are closed through Saturday.

  • Anyone in the following categories must register in their county of residence by the deadline:
  • Anyone who is not currently registered to vote in their county of residence.
  • Any voter who has moved from one county to another and has not yet registered in their new county.
  • Any voter who has moved to South Carolina from another state and has not yet registered in South Carolina.

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ORIGINAL STORY

To help ensure voters are prepared for the November 8 General Election, the State Election Commission wants to remind everyone of the upcoming voter registration deadline. 

Also, citizens along South Carolina’s coast need to make sure they are registered now in advance of the approaching storm and impending deadline.

TO VOTE IN THE 2016 GENERAL ELECTION, YOU MUST BE REGISTERED BY OCTOBER 8.

Anyone in the following categories must register in their county of residence by the deadline:

  • Anyone who is not currently registered to vote in their county of residence
  • Any voter who has moved from one county to another and has not yet registered in their new county
  •  Any voter who has moved to South Carolina from another state and has not yet registered in South Carolina

While Hurricane Matthew will likely force some county offices to close, voters still have various options to register before the deadline:

  • Register online at scVOTES.org (requires SC Driver’s License or DMV ID Card) before midnight on Saturday
  • Register using the My scVOTES mobile application, available now in the Apple and Google Play stores (requires SC Driver’s License or DMV ID Card)
  • Download a voter registration form from scVOTES.org.  Complete and return the form to your county voter registration and elections office:
  • By mail (postmarked by October 8)
  • By fax (received by October 8)
  • By email attachment (received by October 8)
  • In person at your county voter registration and elections office

 

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