South Carolina voting issues

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Election and registration information

  • 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.

Voter ID requirements

You must have one of the following items to vote on Election Day:

  • Voter Registration Card (See note)
  • Driver's License
  • DMV-issued ID Card
  • Note: If you registered to vote by mail, are voting for the first time, and did not submit proof of ID with your application; you may not vote with only your voter registration card. Additional ID, such as a driver's license, will be required.

Voting machines

2008 election

For the 2008 election South Carolina used the following voting machines. For a county-by-county list of the specific machines (and the source for this section) see Verified Voting's Verifier tool.

Main article: Voting machines

Direct-Recording Electronic (DRE) machines with a paper trail:

Governmental election authorities

Contact Information:

  • State Election Commission
  • 2221 Devine Street, Suite 105
  • Columbia, SC 29205
  • State Election Commission
  • P.O. Box 5987
  • Columbia, SC 29250-5987
  • Main: (803) 734-9060
  • Fax: (803) 734-9366
  • E-mail: [mailto:]

State and local non-governmental election organizations

League of Women Voters

LWV of South Carolina, Barbara Zia, President

Local Leagues:

Election threats

Felon voting rights

Quoting from an October, 2008 report[1] on "de facto disenfranchisement" (summary)(download PDF) co-published by the Brennan Center for Justice and the ACLU:

"South Carolina is one of the few states that do disenfranchise individuals with misdemeanor convictions, but only while they are incarcerated. The law also bars anyone with a misdemeanor specifically related to election fraud from voting until full completion of sentence. Interviews of election officials in 2008 found that 61% of officials did not understand the state’s law on misdemeanors, with several officials incorrectly stating that individuals could vote while incarcerated for a misdemeanor conviction."

See also "felon disenfranchisement" issue page

Articles and resources

See also


  1. Erika Wood and Rachel Bloom,De Facto Disenfranchisement, Brennan Center for Justice and American Civil Liberties Union, October 21, 2008.

External resources

Poll location

Election Protection hotlines

Voting information

Voting rights

Voting requirements

Election officials, election reform groups, and elected officials

Absentee voting

Disabled voters

Student voting rights

State ballot

  • See how organizations you trust recommend you vote on ballot measures and other statewide contests at TransparentDemocracy.


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Voting machines

Election law

External articles