South Carolina ID requirements for voting by mail

COVID-19 Advisory: All South Carolina voters will be able to request a mail-in absentee ballot for the upcoming June primary and runoff elections due to the coronavirus pandemic without specifying an excuse.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

You may request and vote an absentee ballot if you are a:

  • Member of the Armed Forces or Merchant Marine, or are serving with the American Red Cross or USO and are attached to and serving with the Armed Forces, and who are serving *#
  • Person who has a physical disability Student attending school *#
  • Government employee *#
  • Person who will be on vacation *
  • Person attending someone who is sick or who has a physical disability
  • Person who for religious reasons does not want to vote on a Saturday (Presidential Primaries Only)

* outside their county of residence
# and their spouses and dependents residing with them

Voter Registration

First-time voters who have not voted in a previous federal election, or who have never voted in their county of residence in a federal election, AND who did not provide either a driver’s license number or the last four digits of a Social Security number at the time of registration, must present documentation proving their identity in order to complete their voter registration. First time voters who are voting in person must present this documentation at the polls. First time voters who are voting by mail/absentee ballot must enclose a copy of such documentation with their ballot request or ballot. This is required under the federal Help America Vote Act, enacted in 2002.

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

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see Voter Registration section above.


Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match your voter registration signature. An absentee ballot cannot be counted unless your signature is witnessed.

Last update: May 18, 2020

Hannah Piercey