News About Absentee Voting

Several news sources have reported on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling concerning South Carolina’s witness signature requirement on absentee ballots.

According to WIS TV:

South Carolinians voting absentee by mail must now have witness signatures on ballots after the United States Supreme Court late Monday, October 5, reinstated the requirement.

Per the Court’s order, ballots already received by county officials before this reinstatement and through October 7 will be counted with or without a witness signature.

To ensure that your absentee by mail ballot is counted after the deadline, voters must do the following:

    • Sign the voter’s oath on the ballot return envelope.
    • Have a witness sign and provide an address. Any other person can be a witness.
    • Return your ballot before 7 pm on November 3. Ballots can be returned in person or by mail.

You should mail your ballot as soon as possible and at least a week before election day to allow time for delivery before the November 3 deadline.

Also, if you don’t want to mail in your ballot or stand in line on Election Day, you can cast an absentee ballot in person from now until 5:00 pm on November 2, the day before election day.  For more information about In-Person Absentee Voting, click here.

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