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Are you wondering if you’re eligible to vote absentee? Whether it’s due to employment obligations, attending to a sick person, or being absent from your county, there are various reasons you might qualify. Plus, there are specific steps to follow for absentee voting by mail, including how to request, sign, and return your application.
Remember: For this election, the application must be received by October 27,
and the ballot must be received by October 31!

Here are the steps to take to vote absentee:

Step 1:  Get your application

  • You can submit your request for an application as early as January 1 of the election year.
  • Call, visit or send your request by U.S. mail to your county voter registration office.
  • You must provide your name, date of birth and last four digits of your Social Security Number.
  • You will be mailed an application.
  • Find more information below on how Immediate Family Members and Authorized Representatives can request a voter’s application.

Step 2:  Complete, sign and return the application

  • Return the application by U.S. mail or personal delivery to your county voter registration office as soon as possible.
  • The deadline to return your application is 5:00 p.m. on the 11th day prior to the election.
  • Find more information below on how Immediate Family Members and Authorized Representatives can return a voter’s application.

Step 3:  Receive your absentee ballot in the mail

  • Voters who have applied early will be mailed their absentee ballot approximately 30 days before the election.

Step 4:  Vote and return the ballot 

  • Return your ballot to your county voter registration office or an early voting center either by mail or personal delivery.
  • Must present Photo ID when returning the ballot in person.
  • Acceptable Photo IDs:
    • Driver’s license issued by a state within the United States.
    • Another form of identification containing a photograph issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles or its equivalent by a state within the United States.
    • Passport.
    • Military identification containing a photograph issued by the federal government.
    • South Carolina voter registration card containing a photograph of the voter.
  • Place the ballot in the “ballot here-in” envelope and place the “ballot here-in” envelope in the return envelope.
  • Be sure to sign the voter’s oath and have your signature witnessed.  Anyone age 18 or older can witness your signature.  A notary is not necessary.
  • Ballots must be received by the county voter registration office by 7:00 p.m. on election day.
  • Ballots returned by mail should be mailed no later than one week prior to election day to help ensure timely delivery.
  • Find more information below on how Immediate Family Members and Authorized Representatives can return a voter’s ballot.

 FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS ELECTION: APPLICATION MUST BE RECEIVED BY OCTOBER 27!


Who Can Vote Absentee

  • Persons with employment obligations which prevent them from voting during early voting hours for the duration of the early voting period, and during the hours the polls are open on election day.
  • Persons attending a sick or physically disabled person which prevents them from voting during early voting hours for the duration of the early voting period, and during the hours the polls are open on election day.
  • Persons confined to a jail or pretrial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial which prevents them from voting during early voting hours for the duration of the early voting period, and during the hours the polls are open on election day.
  • Persons who will be absent from their county of residence during early voting hours for the duration of the early voting period, and during the hours the polls are open on election day.
  • Persons with physical disabilities.
  • Persons sixty-five years of age or older.
  • Members of the Armed Forces and Merchant Marines of the United States, their spouses, and dependents residing with them.
  • Persons admitted to a hospital as an emergency patient on the day of the election or within a four-day period before the election.

Learn more at charlestoncounty.org

Absentee Voting

Ballot Return Options

Main Office Drop-Off

Charleston County Board of Voter Registration & Elections: 4340 Corporate Rd. North Charleston SC 29405

Early Voting Centers

Ballots can be dropped off at any of the Charleston County Early Voting Centers during operation hours. Find out more about Charleston County Early Voting here

USPS

Find your closest USPS Post Office or USPS Mailbox and mail your ballot with no postage required. USPS Locator

Important Information

  • STANDARD USPS DELIVERY TIMES ARE 2-5 BUSINESS DAYS WITHIN CHARLESTON COUNTY. PLEASE ALLOW YOURSELF ENOUGH TIME TO COMPLETE THE ABSENTEE BALLOT PROCESS.
  • Absentee ballots are mailed approximately 30 days prior to each election. The last day ballots are mailed is 11 days prior to the election.
  • All voted ballots must be received by the Board of Elections and Voter Registration Office no later than 7 pm on election day to be counted.

FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS ELECTION:  BALLOT MUST BE RECEIVED BY OCTOBER 31!

  • Ballots will not be accepted at polling locations on election days.

Contact

Charleston County Board of Voter Registration & Elections

Physical Address:
Description: Map4340 Corporate Rd.
N. Charleston, SC 29405

Mailing Address:
PO Box 71419
North Charleston SC, 29415

Phone: (843)744-VOTE(8683)

Office Hours:
Mon. – Fri. 8:30am – 5pm
7am – 7pm (all election days)


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to request an absentee ballot?

Yes. Beginning on January 1st of each year, you can request an application for an absentee ballot for one or all the elections in that calendar year. You can request an absentee ballot by phone, in person, or via mail.

Phone: Call our office at (843) 744-8683. We are open Monday through Friday, 8:30AM to 5:00PM.

In Person: Visit our office at 4340 Corporate Road, North Charleston, SC 29405, Monday through Friday, 8:30AM to 5:00PM.

Mail: Send us a letter that includes your name, date of birth, last four of your Social Security number, and the elections for which you are requesting an absentee ballot application.

****Due to a recent decision by the South Carolina Elections Commission you may NOT request a ballot by email****

Can my neighbor/friend/coworker request an application for me?

Yes, if they qualify as an immediate family member or authorized representative. Immediate family members are spouses, parents, children, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandchildren, mothers-in-law, fathers-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, sons-in-law, and daughters-in-law. Authorized representatives must be dropping off a ballot for a voter who cannot drop off their ballot due to a physical disability or illness.

Before you have someone request a ballot on your behalf, make sure review the following:

  • Authorized representatives can only request absentee ballot applications in person or by mail. Immediate family members can request by phone, in person, or mail.

    Phone: Call our office at (843) 744-8683. We are open Monday through Friday, 8:30AM to 5:00PM. (Immediate family members only)

    In Person: Visit our office at 4340 Corporate Road, North Charleston, SC 29405, Monday through Friday, 8:30AM to 5:00PM.

    Mail: Send a letter that includes the voter’s name, date of birth, last four of their Social Security number, and the elections for which they are requesting an absentee ballot application.
  • Authorized representatives must provide a completed Authorized Representative Form.
  • Authorized representatives may only request five (5) absentee ballot applications in addition to their own.

Can I pick up a ballot from your office?

No. Absentee ballots will be sent to the residential or mailing address listed on your application.

How do I return my absentee ballot?

You can return your absentee ballot by mail or in person.

Mail: You can return your ballot by mail through the United States Postal Service. Drop your ballot off at your closest USPS Post Office or USPS mailbox—no postage required!
To find your closest USPS location, you can use the USPS Locator Tool.

In Person: You can also return your ballot in person by dropping it off at our office or an Early Voting Center.

The Charleston County Board of Voter Registration and Elections is open Monday through Friday from 8:30AM to 5:00PM. We are located at 4340 Corporate Road, North Charleston, SC 29405.

Can my neighbor/friend/coworker drop my ballot off?

Yes, if they qualify as an immediate family member or authorized representative. Immediate family members are spouses, parents, children, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandchildren, mothers-in-law, fathers-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, sons-in-law, and daughters-in-law. Authorized representatives must be dropping off a ballot for a voter who cannot drop of their ballot due to a physical disability or illness.

Before asking someone to drop off your ballot, make sure to review the following:

  • Immediate family members or authorized representatives can only return ballots on behalf of another voter in person. Here’s the form needed to authorize a representative n your behalf.

    In Person:
     Visit our office at 4340 Corporate Road, North Charleston, SC 29405, Monday through Friday, 8:30AM to 5:00PM.
  • Both the voter and the immediate family member/authorized representative must fill out the Authorized Returnee Form.
  • The returnee must present one of the following types of photo ID when returning the ballot:
    • Driver’s license issued by a state within the United States
    • Another form of identification containing a photograph issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles or its equivalent by a state within the United States
    • Passport
    • Military identification containing a photograph issued by the federal government
    • South Carolina voter registration card containing a photograph of the voter.
  • Immediate family members and authorized representatives may only return five (5) absentee ballots in addition to their own.

Can I return my neighbor/friend/coworker’s absentee ballot?

Yes, if you are a member of that person’s immediate family or acting as an authorized representative. Immediate family members are spouses, parents, children, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandchildren, mothers-in-law, fathers-in law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, sons-in-law, and daughters-in-law. Authorized representatives must be dropping off a ballot for a voter who cannot drop of their ballot due to a physical disability or illness.

Before agreeing to drop off a ballot for someone else, make sure to review the following:

  • Immediate family members or authorized representatives can only return ballots on behalf of another voter in person.

    In Person: Visit our office at 4340 Corporate Road, North Charleston, SC 29405, Monday through Friday, 8:30AM to 5:00PM.
  • Both the voter and the immediate family member/authorized representative must fill out the Authorized Returnee Form.
  • The returnee must present one of the following types of photo ID when returning the ballot:
    • Driver’s license issued by a state within the United States
    • Another form of identification containing a photograph issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles or its equivalent by a state within the United States
    • Passport
    • Military identification containing a photograph issued by the federal government
    • South Carolina voter registration card containing a photograph of the voter.
  • Immediate family members and authorized representatives may only return five (5) absentee ballots in addition to their own.

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