Only Days Left to Vote Absentee

The Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission wants to remind voters of impending deadlines for voting absentee in the General Election. Voters who qualify may cast an absentee ballot in one of two ways: in person or by mail.  The Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission strongly recommends voting absentee in person due to the risks associated with voting by mail at this late date.

Voting Absentee In Person – Visit the office of the Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission (222 McDaniel Ave B-9 Pickens, SC 29671), complete an application, and cast your ballot on one of our voting machines. The voter will be required to show either his/her Pickens County voter registration card, SC drivers license, or SC DMV issued ID card.  Our office is open 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday. You may vote absentee in person up until 5:00 pm, Monday, November 1st.

Voting Absentee By Mail

Step 1: Contact the office of the Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission to request an absentee ballot application. You may make the request in person or by phone, email, or fax.

Step 2: You will be faxed or emailed an application, or you may come in person to sign it.

Step 3: Complete the application and return it to the office of the Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission (222 McDaniel Ave B-9 Pickens, SC 29671) by 5:00 p.m., Friday, October 29th. You may return the application in person, by email, or fax.

Step 4: You will be mailed an absentee ballot.  The last day we can mail a ballot is Friday, October 29th.

Step 5: Vote the ballot following ballot instructions and return it to the office of the Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission (222 McDaniel Ave B-9 Pickens, SC 29671) by 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 2nd. You may return the ballot in person or by mail.

Persons qualified to vote by absentee ballot:

  • Persons who will be outside their county of residence on Election Day
  • Members of the Uniformed Services 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 

Check the status of your absentee ballot here.