South Carolina has split Presidential Primaries. Voters do not have to register with a party to vote in the primary. The Presidential Primaries are open to any registered voter.
You can vote in either the February 3 Democratic Presidential Primary or the February 24 Republican Presidential Primary, but you can only vote in one:
Democratic Presidential Primary
Saturday, February 3
- The voter registration deadline is Thursday, January 4.
- The early voting period for the Democratic Presidential Primary starts Monday, January 22, and ends Friday, February 2.
Republican Presidential Primary
Saturday, February 24
- The voter registration deadline is Thursday, January 25.
- The early voting period for the Republican Presidential Primary starts Monday, February 12, and ends Thursday, February 22.
Polling places will be open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. As long as you are in line by 7:00 p.m., you will be allowed to vote.
Early voting centers are open 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. during the early voting periods. Check your county’s website for locations of early voting centers.
You can submit your request for an application as early as January 1st of the election year. Call, visit or send your request by U.S. mail to your county voter registration office. You must provide your name, date of birth and last four digits of your Social Security Number. You will be mailed an application.
Absentee Ballots must be received by your county voter registration office by 7:00 p.m. on:
- Democratic Presidential Primary: Saturday, February 3
- Republican Presidential Primary: Saturday, February 24.
Return your ballot to your county voter registration office or an early voting center either by mail or personal delivery. Given mail delays, we recommend that you request and return your absentee ballot application as soon as possible.
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