Absentee Voting

The Board of Voter Registration & Elections of Pickens County is responsible for facilitating absentee voting for all Federal, State, County, and Municipal elections within Pickens County, South Carolina. Absentee voting is not the “early voting” that you may have heard about on the news.  To vote absentee, you must be a registered voter and meet one of the following criteria:

  • A Member of the Uniformed Services on Active Duty (UOCAVA)
  • A Merchant Marine (UOCAVA)
  • A Spouse or Dependent of a member of the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine (UOCAVA)
  • A U. S. Citizen Permanently Residing Outside the United States (UOCAVA)
  • A U. S. Citizen Temporarily Residing outside the United States (UOCAVA)
  • Persons Disabled
  • Student, their spouse, or dependents residing with them who are out of their county of residence on Election Day
  • For reasons of employment will not be able to vote on Election Day
  • Government employees, their spouses and dependents residing with them, who are out of their county of residence on Election Day
  • Persons on vacation who will be outside thier county of residence on Election Day
  • Persons who will be serving as jurors in a state or federal court on Election Day
  • Persons admitted to the hospital as emergency patients on day of election or at least four days prior to the election. The voter can have an immediate family member apply and carry a ballot to the voter.
  • Electors with a death or funeral in the family within 3 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 and poll managers, county registration board members and staff, and county election commission members and staff working on Election Day
  • Persons sixty-five years of age or older (Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act)

Voting Absentee In-person

The fastest and easiest way to vote absentee is to appear in-person at our office and cast your ballot on our voting machines. This is usually available starting about 3-weeks prior to an election. We will always make a post on this website when in-person absentee voting is available for any given election.

Step One: Request
The voter appears at our office and requests to vote absentee. Voters will be asked to show one of the following valid Photo IDs:

  • S.C. Driver’s License
  • ID Card issued by S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles
  • S.C. Voter Registration Card with Photo
  • Federal Military ID (includes Veterans Administration Card)
  • U.S. Passport

For complete information on the voter ID law, how to obtain a Voter Registration Card with Photo, and reasonable impediment exception please click here.

Step Two: Application
The voter will be issued an Application for an Absentee Ballot that will need to be completed and returned to office staff. On the application, the voter must disclose the reason he/she is voting absentee.

Step Three: Voting on Machine
A staff member will guide the voter to a voting machine and activate a ballot. The voter will be able to cast his/her ballot on the machine in the privacy of a voting booth.

Additional Information

  • All persons voting in person must cast their ballot on the iVotronic Voting Machines, unless their ballot is challenged. Paper ballots cannot be given to voters as long as the voting machines are operating normally.
  • The In-office Absentee Precinct closes at 5:00PM the Monday prior to the Tuesday election.

Voting Absentee By Mail

Persons unable to vote in-person may choose to vote absentee by mail instead. Because the ballot must be mailed to the voter, this process takes a minimum of four days for the ballot to be mailed to the voter, voted, and mailed back to our office. Below is the process for voting absentee by mail:

Step One: Request
The voter must submit a request to our office to let us know that he or she is interested in voting absentee in a specific election. The request can be made anytime during the calendar year in which the election will be held. The request should include:

  1. Voter’s Name
  2. Voter’s Registration Number
  3. Voter’s Residence and Mailing Addresses
  4. Voter’s Phone Number
  5. Name and Date of the Election in which he/she wishes to vote absentee
  6. Voter’s E-mail Address (Optional)
  7. Reason (Qualification) For Requesting to Vote Absentee

The request can be made by any of the following methods:

  • In-person: Voter makes request in-person at our office.
  • By Mail: A letter or note with the above information mailed to the Board of Voter Registration & Elections of Pickens County 222 McDaniel Ave., B-9 Pickens, SC 29671. The voter must sign this request.
  • By Fax: A letter or note with the above information faxed to Board of Voter Registration & Elections of Pickens County at 864-898-5637. The voter must sign this request.
  • By E-mail: An email with the above information sent to elections@co.pickens.sc.us.

A member of the voter’s immediate family or the voter’s authorized representative may request the absentee ballot application for the voter. An authorized representative is a registered voter who, with a voter’s permission, can request an absentee ballot application on behalf of a voter who qualifies because of illness or disability. Candidates and paid campaign workers may not serve as authorized representatives.  If you are interested in serving as a voter’s authorized representative, please contact our office for more information.

Step Two: Office Issues Application For An Absentee Ballot 
We will send the voter an Application for an Absentee Ballot after we have received and processed their request. The application can be sent to the voter by either mail, email, or fax.

Step Three: Voter Returns Application For An Absentee Ballot
The voter must completely fill out the application and return it to our office. The deadline for receiving the completed application is 5:00 p.m. on the 4th day prior to the election (the 4th day is Friday for all Tuesday elections).  You may return the application in person or by mail, email, or fax.

Step Four: Office Mails Absentee Ballot
Upon receipt of the completed Application for an Absentee Ballot from the voter, the application will be verified and processed. A ballot will then be sent to the voter via the United States Postal Service First Class Mail to the address the voter listed on his/her application as soon as ballots become available for the election. Ballots cannot be picked-up from our office, all ballots must be mailed.  

Step Five: Voter Returns Absentee Ballot to Our Office
The voter must vote the ballot following ballot instructions and return it to our office by the time the polls close on on the day of the election (7:00pm for all elections except Veterans Affairs which is 6:00pm).  You may return the ballot in person or by mail. The voter cannot return the ballot to any other location (i.e. at their voting precinct).

  • Your completed absentee ballot must be placed in the “Ballots Herein” envelope provided with your absentee ballot. The “Ballots Herein” envelope will then be placed inside a “Return Envelope” which you must sign and have witnessed before returning.
  • To have your absentee ballot returned by a person other than yourself, it is necessary for the absentee voter to compete an “Authorization to Return Absentee Ballot Form”. The absentee voter completes Part I, and the person returning the ballot completes Part II of the form. Candidates and paid campaign workers may not return absentee ballots unless they are an immediate family member of the voter.

Absentee Voting Deadlines

Election DateElection NameDeadline to Return
State Absentee Form
(Absentee By Mail)
Deadline to Return
Absentee Ballot
(Absentee By Mail)
Deadline for Voting
Absentee In-Person
November 3, 20152015 Municipal Elections in Central, Easley, Liberty, Norris, Pickens, Six Mile.October 30, 20157:00pm
November 3, 2015
November 2, 2015 by 5pm
November 17, 2015 2015 Municipal Runoff Elections, Central, Easley, Liberty, Norris, Pickens, Six Mile. November 13, 20157:00pm
November 17, 2015
November 16, 2015 by 5pm
February 20, 2016Republican Presidential PrimaryFebruary 16, 20167:00pm
February 20, 2016
February 19, 2016 by 5pm
February 27, 2016Democratic Presidential Primary February 23, 20167:00pm
February 27, 2016
February 26, 2016 by 5pm
June 7, 2016Republican and Democratic PrimariesJune 3, 20157:00pm
June 7, 2016
June 6, 2016 by 5pm
June 21, 2016Republican and Democratic Primaries RunoffJune 17, 20157:00pm
June 21, 2016
June 20, 2016 by 5pm
November 3, 20162016 Nationwide General ElectionOctober 30, 20167:00pm
November 3, 2016
October 31, 2016 by 5pm
November 17, 2016Clemson Municipal ElectionNovember 13, 20167:00pm
November 17,2016
November 14, 2016 by 5pm

Check Your Status Online

If you have begun the absentee voting process, you can check your status online here:
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