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South Carolina elections, 2013

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South Carolina election information for 2013 is listed below.
This page will be updated regularly throughout the year.

Voting absentee

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See also: Absentee Voting

Eligibility

Voters are eligible to vote absentee in an election if they cannot make it to the polls on election day for one of the following reasons:[1]

  • Students attending school outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them
  • Members of the Armed Forces or Merchant Marine serving outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them
  • Persons serving with the American Red Cross or with the United Service Organizations (USO) who are attached to and serving with the Armed Forces outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them
  • Persons who, for reasons of employment, will not be able to vote on election day
  • Physically disabled persons
  • Government employees serving outside their county of residence on Election Day and their spouses and dependents residing with them
  • Persons with a death or funeral in the family within three days before the election
  • Persons who plan to be on vacation outside their county of residence on Election Day
  • Certified poll watchers, poll managers, and county election officials working on Election Day
  • Overseas Citizens
  • Persons attending sick or physically disabled persons
  • Persons admitted to the hospital as emergency patients on Election Day or within a four-day period before the election
  • Persons serving as a juror in state or federal court on Election Day
  • Persons sixty-five years of age or older
  • Persons confined to a jail or pre-trial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial

Deadlines

To vote absentee, a request must be received no later than 5 p.m. on the fourth day prior to the election. The ballot must then be returned by 7 p.m. on election day.[1]

Military and overseas voting

For full details, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program here.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

South Carolina is one of eight states that allow early voting but require an excuse to vote early. Early voting begins as soon as ballots become available and ends at 5 p.m. the day prior to election day.[2][3]

To vote early you need to provide an excuse for why you will be unable to vote at the polls during normal voting hours. Falling into any of the following categories is a valid reason:

  • a student away at college (or a spouse or dependent residing with the student)
  • a member of the Armed Forces, Merchant Marines, Red Cross, USO, government employees, or a spouse or dependent residing with such a person
  • a person with a job that prevents you from voting in person on election day
  • physically disabled
  • away on vacation on election day
  • 65 or older
  • confined to a jail or pre-trial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial
  • attending sick or physically disabled persons
  • on jury duty in state or federal court on election day
  • a certified poll watchers or poll managers

See also

References