Voter Registration

Are you registered


Who Can Register?

In order to vote, South Carolina law requires that one must first register to vote in your county of residence at least 30 days prior to the election. To be eligible to register in South Carolina you MUST:

  • be a United States citizen
  • be at least eighteen years old on or before the next election
  • be a resident of South Carolina, this county, and precinct
  • not be under a court order declaring you mentally incompetent
  • not be confined in any public prison resulting from a conviction of a crime
  • have never been convicted of a felony or offense against the election laws; OR, if previously convicted, have served the entire sentence, including probation or parole, or have received a pardon for the conviction.

Voter Registration Deadlines

Registration is closed for thirty days prior to any election. Voters who have moved from one county to another must be registered to vote in their new county by the deadline. Current registered voters who may have moved within Pickens County or changed their name should update their registration information by the deadline.

Election DateElection NameLast Day to Register to Vote In OfficeLast Day to Register to Vote By Email, Fax or Online (11:59pm)Last Day to Register to Vote By Mail
*must be postmarked by this date
Must Be 18 Years of Age or Older BySpecial Requirements
Tuesday,
November 7, 2017
Town of Central Municipal ElectionFriday,
October 6, 2017
Sunday,
October 8, 2017
Tuesday,
October 10, 2017
Tuesday,
November 7, 2017
Must be a resident of the Town of Central 30-days prior to the election.
Tuesday,
November 7, 2017
City of Liberty Municipal ElectionFriday,
October 6, 2017
Sunday,
October 8, 2017
Tuesday,
October 10, 2017
Tuesday,
November 7, 2017
Must be a resident of the City of Liberty 30-days prior to the election.
Tuesday,
November 7, 2017
Town of Norris Municipal ElectionFriday,
October 6, 2017
Sunday,
October 8, 2017
Tuesday,
October 10, 2017
Tuesday,
November 7, 2017
Must be a resident of the Town of Norris 30-days prior to the election.
Tuesday,
November 7, 2017
City of Pickens Municipal ElectionFriday,
October 6, 2017
Sunday,
October 8, 2017
Tuesday,
October 10, 2017
Tuesday,
November 7, 2017
Must be a resident of the City of Pickens 30-days prior to the election.

There is no length of residency requirement in South Carolina in order to register to vote. You must be registered at least 30 days prior to any election in order to vote in that election. You must be a resident of a city for at least 30-days to vote in its municipal election. Registration by mail applications must be postmarked at least 30 days prior to that particular election to be eligible to vote in the election.


How can I register to vote (or update my voter registration information) in Pickens County?

You may use either of the following methods:

  •  OPTION #1:  REGISTER COMPLETELY ONLINE (NEW!)
    • Requires S.C. Driver’s License or DMV ID
    • If you have moved and not updated your address with the DMV, you’ll need to do this first by CLICKING HERE (Click green “Next” button at bottom of next screen and follow onscreen prompts.  After you have updated your DMV record, you’ll need to return to this page and hit the “Register Now” button to register to vote or update your voter registration record.)
    • No paper work to mail in.
    • Your application will be processed within hours (during normal office hours)

Online applications must be submitted on or before the deadline to be valid for any specific election.  Online voter registration does not “turn off” at the deadline.  Applications submitted after the deadline will be processed but will not be valid for that particular election.

  • OPTION #2:  VISIT THE OFFICE of the Board of Voter Registration & Elections of Pickens County at 222 McDaniel Ave Pickens, SC 29671. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 5:00pm. The application must be received by our office by the deadline to be valid for a particular election.  Applications received after the deadline will be processed but will not be valid for that particular election.  If you are registering to vote for the first time in Pickens County, our staff will ask you to provide ONE of the following:
    • a current valid photo ID that has your correct name and picture
    • a current utility bill that shows your name and address in this county
      • for the purposes of registering to vote, the following are considered utility bills: electricity/power, cable, satellite, natural gas, internet, and telephone bills.
    • a current bank statement that shows your name and address in this county
    • a current paycheck or paycheck stub that shows your name and address in this county
    • other government document (excluding a voter registration card) that shows your name and address in this county

If you do not provide this identification at the time you register, you will be required to provide this information when you vote. Voters who are age 65 and over, voters with disabilities, members of the U.S. Uniformed Services or Merchant Marines and their families, and U.S. Citizens residing outside the U.S. are exempt from this requirement.  Notify our office staff if you believe you are exempt from providing ID.

 

  • OPTION #3:  DOWNLOAD THE FORM BELOW to register to vote or change your address and/or other information.  You must then email, fax, mail, or otherwise deliver the completed application to our office.

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The above document is a Portable Document Format (PDF) that requires Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not already have it installed, you may download a copy free from http://get.adobe.com/reader/

You will need to download the application, type in your information, print the application, and then sign the application. If you are registering to vote for the first time in Pickens County, you must also attach a copy of ONE of the following:

    • a current valid photo ID that has your correct name and picture
    • a current utility bill that shows your name and address in this county
      • for the purposes of registering to vote, the following are considered utility bills: electricity/power, cable, satellite, natural gas, internet, and telephone bills.
    • a current bank statement that shows your name and address in this county
    • a current paycheck or paycheck stub that shows your name and address in this county
    • other government document (excluding a voter registration card) that shows your name and address in this county

If you do not provide this identification at the time you register, you will be required to provide this information when you vote. Voters who are age 65 and over, voters with disabilities, members of the U.S. Uniformed Services or Merchant Marines and their families, and U.S. Citizens residing outside the U.S. are exempt from this requirement.  Notify our office staff if you believe you are exempt from providing ID.

Once you have downloaded and completed your voter registration application, you may do one of the following to deliver it to us:

    • Scan the completed application and save it as a PDF document (.pdf).  Then you can send it to us as an attachment by email to elections@co.pickens.sc.us. Attachments cannot exceed 4mb in size.  The application must be received by our office by the deadline to be valid for a particular election.  Applications received after the deadline will be processed but will not be valid for that particular election.
    • Fax the completed application to 864-898-5637.  The application must be received by our office by the deadline to be valid for a particular election.  Applications received after the deadline will be processed but will not be valid for that particular election.
    • Mail the completed application to our office.  The application must be postmarked by the deadline to be valid for a particular election.  Applications received after the deadline will be processed but will not be valid for that particular election.
      • Board of Voter Registration & Elections of Pickens County
      • 222 McDaniel Avenue Suite B-9
      • Pickens, SC 29671

 

  • OPTION #4:  VISIT A PARTICIPATING MOTOR VOTER AGENCYState and federal laws, including the Motor Voter Act, dictate that the S.C. Department of Public Safety’s Division of Motor Vehicles must offer voter registration to all citizens. Other agencies also mandated to offer voter registration include military recruitment stations and various other federal and state offices. However, you must also be a client at the location where you want to register.  When you complete your voter registration application at these offices, they must submit the application to our office for approval and processing. 
S.C. Department of Public Safety’s Division of Motor Vehicles
2133 Gentry Memorial Highway
Pickens, SC 29671
(864) 878-1396
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S.C. Department of Social Services (DSS) – Pickens County
212 McDaniel Ave.
Pickens, SC 29671
(864) 898-5810
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SC Department of Mental Health – Pickens Clinic
314 West Main Street
Pickens, SC 29671
(864) 878-6830
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S.C. Department of Health & Environmental Control
200 McDaniel Ave  
Pickens, SC 29671
(864) 868-9206
 
Captain Kimberly Hampton Memorial Library
304 Biltmore Road,
Easley, SC 29640
(864) 850-7077
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Central-Clemson Regional Branch
105 Commons Way
Central, SC 29630
(864) 639-2711
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Sarlin Community Branch
15 S. Palmetto Street
Liberty, SC 29657
(864) 843-5805
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Village Branch
124 N. Catherine Street
Pickens, SC 29671
(864) 898-5747