Voter Registration Deadlines Extended

UPDATE:  The following release has been updated to clarify the meaning of “midnight on Sunday.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:  Chris Whitmire
cwhitmire@elections.sc.gov

Voter Registration Deadlines Extended

COLUMBIA, S.C. (October 6, 2016) – All South Carolina voters will now have more time to return voter registration applications for the 2016 General Election.  This will provide additional opportunity for citizens to register who are affected by voter registration office and post office closures related to Hurricane Matthew.  Post offices are also closed on Monday, October 10 due to a federal holiday.

The following deadlines apply to all South Carolina voters:

Registration by Mail:  Any voter registration by mail application that is postmarked Tuesday, October 11 or earlier will be accepted.

Online Voter Registration: Any online voter registration application submitted by Sunday, October 9 will be accepted (application must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., October 9).

Applications submitted by fax or email:  Any faxed or emailed application received by county voter registration offices by Sunday, October 9 will be accepted (application must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., October 9).

In-person applications at county voter registration offices:  Voters must register in person no later than Saturday, October 8.  NOTE:  Due to Hurricane Matthew, some county voter registration offices are closed through Saturday.  The PICKENS COUNTY Voter Registration & Elections Office WILL be OPEN Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 8am to Noon.

Anyone in the following categories must register in their county of residence by the deadline:

  • Anyone who is not currently registered to vote in their county of residence
  • Any voter who has moved from one county to another and has not yet registered in their new county
  • Any voter who has moved to South Carolina from another state and has not yet registered in South Carolina

Chris Whitmire
Director of Public Information & Training

South Carolina State Election Commission

1122 Lady St., 5th Floor, Columbia, SC 29201
P.O. Box 5987, Columbia, S.C. 29250
scVOTES.org