VOTE: Election 2020
South Carolina
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VOTING IN PERSON

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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VOTE BY MAIL

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

Early voting
Not available

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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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October 4
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November 3
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Candidates & Races

President of the United States

Biography

Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (b. November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is the former Democratic 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 April 25, 2019, Biden announced that he was running for president of the United States in 2020. With the plurality of pledged delegates, Biden became the presumptive Democratic nominee on April 8, 2020, after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) suspended his presidential campaign. Biden crossed the delegate threshold necessary to win the nomination on June 5, 2020, and was formally nominated at the 2020 Democratic National Convention on August 18, 2020.

Biden announced U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D) as 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.

On January 12, 2017, President Barack 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.

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Donald John Trump (b. June 14, 1946, in Queens, New York) is the 45th and current president of the United States. He assumed office on January 20, 2017. He filed to run for re-election on the same day.

Key policy initiatives during Trump's first term include the United States withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and First Step Act in 2018, reducing the size of the ISIS caliphate, and establishing the Space Force as an independent military branch. Trump has made more than 200 federal judicial appointments, including two U.S. Supreme Court justices.

During his presidency, Trump has issued eight vetoes. To read more about these vetoes, click here.

On December 18, 2019, Trump became the third president in U.S. history to be impeached by the U.S. House. The U.S. Senate acquitted Trump on both charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on February 5, 2020.

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Vice President of the United States

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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.

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Michael Richard "Mike" Pence (b. June 7, 1959, in Columbus, Indiana) is the 48th vice president of the United States, serving in President Donald Trump's (R) administration. He was elected on November 8, 2016, and sworn in on January 20, 2017.

Pence served as the 50th governor of Indiana from 2013 to 2017. As governor, Pence signed into law a 5 percent individual income tax cut in Indiana. He also supported the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 2015, allowing individuals and businesses to exert a right to the free exercise of religion. In his first year in office, FiveThirtyEight ranked him as the second most conservative governor in the country.

From 2001 to 2013, Pence served as a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. During his final year in the House, Pence was rated a far-right Republican leader based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack.

Pence's press secretary stated that Pence tested negative for coronavirus on March 21, 2020. Pence was tested after one of his staffers tested positive. Click here for more information on political figures impacted by coronavirus.

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U.S. Senate South Carolina

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Bill Bledsoe (Constitution Party) is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent South Carolina. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. Bledsoe unofficially withdrew from the race but will continue to appear on the ballot. He advanced from the Constitution Party convention on January 11, 2020.

Bledsoe was a candidate who ran in the 2017 special election to represent the 5th Congressional District of South Carolina. Bledsoe filed as both a Libertarian and Constitution Party candidate.

Bledsoe was a 2016 candidate who sought election to the U.S. Senate from South Carolina. Bledsoe filed as both a Libertarian and Constitution Party candidate.

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Biography

Jaime Harrison (Democratic Party) is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent South Carolina. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. The Democratic primary for this office on June 9, 2020, was canceled.

Harrison has served as a Democratic political advisor in the state of South Carolina. As of November 2017, Harrison was the associate chair and senior counselor for the Democratic National Committee. Previously, Harrison was chair of the Democratic Party of South Carolina, a principal with the Podesta Group, and an advisor to Congressman James Clyburn (D-S.C.).

In February 2017, Harrison was a candidate for chair of the DNC. He dropped out of the race and endorsed Tom Perez on February 23, 2017.

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Biography

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, 2021.

Graham (Republican Party) is running for re-election to the U.S. Senate to represent South Carolina. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. He advanced from the Republican primary on June 9, 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.

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