Are you Ready to Vote in the Upcoming General Election?

The General Election for federal, state, county and various local offices will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Any person wishing to vote in this election must register no later than Sunday, October 7, 2018. Voter Registration by mail forms will be accepted if postmarked by Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

Voter Registration applications or change of address forms may be:

  1. Mailed: P.O.Box 71419, North Charleston SC 29415
  2. Faxed: (843)745-2236
  3. Emailed: (must provide signature)

Please call Charleston County Board of Elections and Voter Registration at (843) 744-8683 for information or to request a change of address form. A correct address is important to ensure that you will be voting the correct ballot with the local candidates for whom you are entitled to vote.

Voter Registration:  Voter registration can also be accomplished online.  Click here to register to vote.  Additionally, if you click here you can check your voter registration information and update your information.  This is especially important if you have a new address since the last election.

Required Identification:  Voters will be asked to provide one of the following Photo IDs at their polling place.

-a S.C. Driver’s License
-a ID Card issued by the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles
-a S.C. Voter Registration Card with Photo
-a Federal Military ID
-a U.S. Passport

If you have one of these IDs and are registered, you are ready to vote. Voters should remember to bring one of these IDs with them to the polling place. Voters without Photo ID can get one free of charge from the Department of Motor Vehicles or the Charleston  County voter registration office. For more information on Photo ID, visit or contact the Charleston County board of voter registration and elections at (843) 744-8683.

Absentee Ballot:  Registered voters who cannot vote in person may be eligible to vote by absentee ballot. Absentee ballots may be obtained from the Charleston County Board of Elections and Voter Registration by calling (843) 744-8683, by sending a fax to (843) 745-2236 or an email to, or by clicking here. Absentee ballots are mailed out approximately 45 days prior to each election. The Friday before each election is the last day ballots can be mailed.

In person absentee voting generally opens approximately 30 days prior to an election. Voting hours are from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. In person absentee voting closes at 5:00 pm on the Monday prior to an election. Please call the Charleston County Board of Elections and Voter Registration for more details on in person absentee voting at (843) 744-8683.

All voted ballots must be received by the Board of Elections and Voter Registration Office no later than 7 pm on election day to be counted.

Tidelines Editor