Is early voting available in the state of South Carolina?

Yes.  Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot in the state of South Carolina if he or she meets certain requirements. You can vote an absentee ballot by mail, or in person up until 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election. In order to vote by absentee ballot, you must be a student (or the spouse or the dependent of a student), a member of the military (or the spouse or the dependent living with a military member), a citizen living overseas, or a physically disabled person. You also can vote by absentee ballot if you are unable to vote on Election Day due to your employment, if you are over the age of sixty-five (65), or if you are admitted to the hospital at least four days prior to the election, or on Election Day as an emergency patient. Absentee voting is also available for those persons who are caring for a sick or disabled person, who are incarcerated pending disposition of criminal charges or an arrest, who have a death in the family within three (3) days of Election Day, who are serving as jurors in state or federal court on Election Day, or who are certified poll watchers and/or managers.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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