VOTE: Election 2020
South Carolina
Make sure you’re registered, learn what’s on your ballot, get news and information about the candidates and issues, and find up-to-date voting information with the SmartNews election hub.



Poll Times
7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

ID Requirements
Photo identification is required:

South Carolina driver's license
South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles ID card
South Carolina concealed weapons permit
South Carolina voter registration card with photo
Military ID
U.S. passport and passport ID card

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Can I vote by mail in South Carolina?
Yes! You just need to request a ballot, using the "state of emergency" reason if you are concerned about Covid-19.

Can I submit an application online?
No. To request a ballot, call or email your county voter registration office. Or, you can request a ballot via a printable online form.

What's the deadline to request a mail-in ballot?
Your application must be received by 5 p.m. on Oct. 30, four days before Election Day—but two weeks prior is recommended.

What's the deadline to submit my ballot?
Your ballot must be received by the county voter registration office by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day—either by mail or delivered in person.

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Early voting
Not available


Members of the military, their families, and US citizens living overseas can request a ballot to vote from anywhere in the world.

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Get Ready to Vote
General Election
November 3

To vote in your state, make sure you’re registered. Here are some important deadlines:

The deadlines for registration are 10/4 (online) and 10/5 (mail).

The deadline for in-person registration is 10/2.

South Carolina does not allow Election Day voter registration.

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What's on my ballot?

The address will only be used to determine which districts you are a part of. SmartNews will not store your address or use it for any other reason.

Candidates & Races

President of the United States


Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (b. November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is the 46th president of the United States, assuming office on January 20, 2021.

He won the 2020 presidential election on November 3, 2020, with 306 electoral votes. Biden launched his campaign for president of the United States on April 25, 2019. He announced U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D) as his running mate on August 11, 2020.

Biden was the 47th vice president of the United States, serving under President Barack Obama (D) from January 20, 2009, to January 20, 2017.

He previously served as a U.S. senator from Delaware from 1973 to 2009.

On January 12, 2017, Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his lifetime of public service, marking the final time Obama would present the nation's highest civilian honor. Biden received the award with distinction, an additional honor given only to Pope John Paul II, former President Ronald Reagan, and retired Gen. Colin Powell in the previous three administrations.


Vice President of the United States


Kamala Devi Harris (b. October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from California. Harris was first elected to the Senate in 2016. She became the second Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate and the first Indian American to serve in the chamber.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Harris was his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

Harris previously ran for president of the United States, entering the race on January 21, 2019. She suspended her presidential campaign on December 3, 2019, and endorsed Biden on March 8, 2020.

Harris is the former attorney general of California. She served in the position from 2011 to 2017. She also served as San Francisco's district attorney from 2004 to 2011.


U.S. Senate South Carolina


Lindsey Graham (Republican Party) is a member of the U.S. Senate from South Carolina. He assumed office on January 7, 2003. His current term ends on January 3, 2027.

Graham (Republican Party) ran for re-election to the U.S. Senate to represent South Carolina. He won in the general election on November 3, 2020.

At the start of the 116th Congress, Graham became chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

In June 2015, Graham announced his candidacy in the 2016 election for president, but withdrew in December. During the 2016 election, Graham said he would not endorse or vote for Republican candidate Donald Trump, but in April 2018 he stated that he would support President Trump if he ran for re-election.

Prior to his election to the U.S. Senate, Graham represented South Carolina's 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives and served in the South Carolina House of Representatives.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Graham is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Republican Party line more than his fellow members.