South Carolina ID requirements for absentee ballots

Who is eligible for Absentee Voting?

  • Persons who will be on vacation outside their county of residence on Election Day
  • Members of the Uniformed Services, American Red Cross, or Merchant Marine, 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
  • Persons sixty-five years of age or older
  • Persons serving as a juror in state or federal court on Election Day
  • Persons admitted to the hospital as emergency patients on day of election or within a four-day period before the election
  • Persons with a death or funeral in the family within three days before the election
  • Persons confined to a jail or pre-trial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial
  • Persons attending sick or physically disabled persons
  • Certified poll watchers, poll managers, and county election officials working on Election Day
  • Missing Overseas Voters
  • Students attending higher education outside of their county
  • Government employees who are residing outside their county and their spouses/dependents

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No additional ID is required for registered South Carolina voters.

First-time South Carolina voters who did not present ID at the time of voter registration must present ONE of the following:

  • Driver’s license
  • Any photo ID with the voter’s name
  • Current utility bill with voter’s name and South Carolina address
  • Bank statement with voter’s name and South Carolina address
  • Paycheck with voter’s name and South Carolina address
  • Government check with voter’s name and South Carolina address

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on the vote-by-mail ballot must match the voter registration signature.

If you registered to vote by mail and are voting by absentee ballot in your first federal election, you must enclose a copy of your photo ID or document bearing your name and residence address in the envelope with your voted ballot.

last update: March 19, 2020

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