Absentee Voting in South Carolina

Coronavirus is still endemic in South Carolina, so the same restrictions may be present for the November election that were in effect for the August election. Masks will probably have to be worn and social distancing will most likely be maintained. There may be long lines outside of The Lake House as social distancing requirements will limit voters to no more than five inside the building.

During the 2016 General Election, 1,214 Seabrookers came to The Lake House to vote (a significant number of Seabrookers voted absentee in the 2016 General Election). That is a rate of about 100 voters per hour. Since the 2016 election, the number of registered voters on Seabrook has increased by 15% to 2,277 registered voters. Consequently, the number of absentee ballots must increase substantially in order to avoid long lines in The Lake House parking lot.

The solution to waiting in line is absentee voting.  You can:

  • Vote in person before Election Day, beginning on October 6 at Election Headquarters. You have to bring a photo identification card. Click here for complete instructions.
  • Vote by mail and the absentee ballot must be received by Election Day, Tuesday, November 3. Voting by mail entails applying for the absentee ballot, sending it in, receiving the ballot, and then sending that in. This could take up to two weeks. Click here for complete instructions.

Election Day is only 70 days away. This seems like a long time away but the issues with the Post Office may require additional time if you choose the mail-in option.

The street address of Charleston County Election Headquarters is 4367 Headquarters Rd, Charleston, SC 29405-7402. Please note that the address is Charleston, but it actually is in North Charleston off Leeds Avenue.

The South Carolina Senate is meeting in early September and the House two weeks later. The legislature may modify the rules concerning absentee voting. I will keep you posted on any and all changes the Legislature makes concerning voting for the General Election, particularly changes in absentee voting procedures and rules.

Go to www.scvotes.org to find out more about voting in South Carolina.

-Submitted by George Reinhart, Precinct Clerk

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