New Rules for Absentee Voting


On September 16, 2020, the South Carolina State Legislature signed into law H.5305/R.149 that makes important changes to absentee voting rules for the November 3, 2020, General Election.

  • All voters are now qualified to vote absentee under the “State of Emergency” reason. Prior to the new legislation, absentee voting was restricted to certain conditions.
  • Applications must be received by the voter registration office by 5:00 pm, Saturday, October 24.

Click here for more information on the new rules.

As of today, there are four ways that you can vote in this election.

  1. The traditional way. Go to The Lake House on November 3, show a photo identification card, get a ballot card, and vote. The Lake House has severe social distancing requirements, masks are required, and your temperature will be taken. There is no room for overflow voters inside The Lake House, so if it’s crowded expect to wait in the parking lot.
    Please note that since the 2016 election, the number of registered voters on Seabrook has increased by 15% to 2,277 registered voters.  In 2016, 1,216 Seabrookers voted absentee in the General Election. Even if 15% more people voted absentee, that will leave a large number of voters voting the traditional way.
  2. Mail absentee voting. All South Carolina residents may vote by absentee ballot with this new law; in addition, no witness signature is required. To get an absentee ballot go to scvotes.org and request one. Absentee ballots will be mailed to us on October 2, 2020. Once you receive your absentee ballot complete it, sign it, and return it to Election Headquarters before November 3, 2020. There are three ways to return the absentee ballot to Election Headquarters.
    • Return it by mail to Election Headquarters, 4367 Headquarters Drive, North Charleston.
    • Take it to Election Headquarters, 4367 Headquarters Drive, North Charleston, and put it into a ballot drop box beginning on October 5.
    • Submit the absentee ballot to any of the satellite absentee voting locations listed below; please note their times and dates of operation.
  3. Walk-in absentee voting. There are four satellite voting locations in Charleston County where you can vote an absentee ballot in person. You may be subject to waiting in line, wearing a mask, and social distancing. Please be sure to bring your driver’s license (or other approved identification) with you.
    • North Charleston Coliseum, Convention Hall B, 5000 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston – 8:30 am to 5:00 pm beginning October 5;
    • The Seacoast Church, 2049 Savannah Highway, West Ashley – 8:30 am to 5:00 pm beginning October 19;
    • The Seacoast Church, 750 Long Point Road, Mt. Pleasant – 8:30 am to 5:00 pm beginning October 19;
    • The Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun Street, Charleston – 8:30 am to 5:00 pm beginning October 19.
  1. Provisional ballot. If you requested an absentee ballot but failed to complete it and return it to Election Headquarters, you can vote on a provisional ballot. Election Headquarters assumes that if you receive an absentee ballot you will use it to vote and, consequently, cannot vote using the voting machines. If you fail to complete and return your absentee ballot, you can vote a provisional ballot. When no absentee ballot shows up on Election Day, your provisional ballot will be tabulated. This will occur on Friday, November 6.

If you wish to vote by absentee ballot and have not already requested one, please do so ASAP. Go to www.scvotes.org to request an absentee ballot and to check to see if you have already done so for the Federal Election. When you receive your ballot, please complete it as soon as possible, sign it, and return it. To see the Tidelines post on checking the status of your absentee ballot, click here.

These procedures may be subject to change. If there are any changes, I will post them as soon as possible

-Submitted by George Reinhart, Precinct Clerk

(Image credit: scvotes.org)

 

 

 

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