South Carolina ID requirements for voting by mail

COVID-19 Advisory: No determination has been made regarding whether there will be any changes to absentee voting rules for the general election. We will update this page with any developments.

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

First-time voters

When you register to vote or vote for the first time in a federal election in your state, you must prove who you are:
  • If you register to vote in person, you must show a driver’s license, state ID, or provide the last 4 digits of your social security number (SSN), if you have one.
  • If you registered by mail and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN, you must show an acceptable form of ID (see below) at your polling place.
  • If you apply for an absentee/vote by mail ballot and did not include your state’s driver’s license number or the last 4 digits of your SSN when you registered by mail, you must include a copy of an acceptable ID (see below).

Here is a list of acceptable IDs: Documents that prove who you are

Your state may have other ID requirements for voting in person or for absentee/vote by mail ballot.

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

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see 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

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