Absentee voting offers convenience for eligible voters

Absentee voting offers convenience for eligible voters
Source: AP

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - It's almost Election Day, and many people across South Carolina are asking questions about absentee voting.

Absentee voting allows you to vote by mail. Though every state has absentee voting, rules on who can participate vary.

There are also deadlines to when you can apply for absentee voting, and when you can submit your vote.

South Carolina absentee ballot deadlines
  • Absentee ballot application deadlines: Received by 5:00 p.m. four days before Election Day, whether delivering in person, by mail, fax or email.
  • Voted ballots: Due by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, either in person or by mail.
South Carolina absentee ballot rules

You may vote by absentee ballot in South Carolina if:

  • you are a student away at college (or a spouse or dependent residing with the student).
  • you are a member of the Armed Forces, Merchant Marines, Red Cross, USO, government employees.
  • you live overseas.
  • your job prevents you from voting in person.
  • you are physically disabled.
  • you are away on vacation.
  • you are 65 or older.
  • you have been admitted to the hospital as an emergency patient on day of election or at least four days prior to Election Day.
  • there has been a death or funeral in your family within 3 days before Election Day.
  • you are confined to a jail or pre-trial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial.
  • you are attending sick or physically disabled persons.
  • you are on jury duty in state or federal court on Election Day.
  • you are a certified poll watcher, poll manager, or county election official and you will be working on Election Day.

You can get your absentee ballot by visiting https://www.vote.org/absentee-ballot/, and then clicking on your state.

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