Deadlines Approach for Absentee Voting

Voters should be aware of upcoming deadlines and the procedures for voting by absentee ballot in the November 6, 2012 General Election.  Citizens wishing to vote absentee are strongly encouraged to vote in person due to short time period remaining.

Voting Absentee In Person – Visit the Office of the Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission (222 McDaniel Ave B-9 Pickens, SC 29671) inside the Pickens County Administration Facility, 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 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  You may vote absentee in person up until 5:00 pm, Monday, November 5, 2012.

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, mail, email, or fax. You may also make the request on our website at PickensElections.org.

Step 2: You will be sent an application. The application can be mailed, emailed, or faxed to you.  If you use the online request (PickensElections.org), you will need to download the application and print it out.

Step 3: Complete the application, sign it, 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, November 2, 2012. You may return the application in person or by mail, email, or fax.

Step 4: You will be mailed a absentee ballot.

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 6, 2012. You may return the ballot in person or by mail.

Persons qualified to vote by absentee ballot:  Absentee voting is not “Early Voting.”  To vote absentee, you must be a registered voter and meet one of the following 17 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)

Find more information on absentee voting, request an application for an absentee ballot, and much more on our website:  https://pickenselections.org/.

Our absentee web page is here: https://pickenselections.org/absentee-voting/