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

In order to qualify for an absentee ballot, voters in South Carolina must provide a valid reason they cannot make it to the polls on Election Day. The following voters are qualified for an absentee ballot:[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[2]

—South Carolina State Election Commission

Deadlines

To vote absentee, a request must be received "no later than 5:00 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 regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

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. To vote early you need to provide an excuse for why you will be unable to vote at the polls during normal voting hours. Those who qualify for an absentee ballot also qualify to vote early.[3][4]

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 South Carolina State Election Commission, "Absentee Voting," accessed December 16, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named absentee
  4. Long Distance Voter, "Early Voting Rules," accessed December 16, 2013