COLUMBIA - South Carolina citizens now have more time to register to vote ahead of the 2018 General Election after the court ordered the voter registration deadline extended to Oct. 17.
The 10-day extension was necessary to protect the voting rights of South Carolina residents due to the widespread impact of Hurricane Florence. Many citizens have been displaced and are struggling to recover, and many county voter registration offices were closed for considerable periods of time.
While the deadline was extended due to the impact of Hurricane Florence, the Oct. 17 deadline applies to voters in all counties.
Residents must register by Wednesday, Oct. 17, to vote in the 2018 General Election.
There are many ways to register in South Carolina, and it has never been easier:
- Register online at scVOTES.org before midnight, Wednesday, Oct. 17 (requires S.C. driver’s license or DMV ID card).
- Register using the My scVOTES mobile app before midnight, Wednesday, Oct. 17 (available in the Apple and Google Play stores, requires S.C. driver’s license or DMV ID card).
- Download a voter registration form from scVOTES.org. Complete and return the form to your county voter registration office: (1) By fax (must be received before midnight, Wednesday, Oct. 17); by email attachment (must be received before midnight, Wednesday, Oct. 17); by mail (must be postmarked by Wednesday, Oct. 17).
- Register in person at your county voter registration office. Most offices will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17 for in-office registrations. Check locally for specific hours.