South Carolina voting issues
This page is part of the Election Protection Wiki,
- 1 Election and registration information
- 2 Governmental election authorities
- 3 State and local non-governmental election organizations
- 4 Election threats
- 5 Articles and resources
Election and registration information
- Polling places are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. Anyone in line at 7:00 p.m. will be allowed to vote.
Voter ID requirements
You must have one of the following items to vote on Election Day:
- Voter Registration Card (See note)
- Driver's License
- DMV-issued ID Card
- Note: If you registered to vote by mail, are voting for the first time, and did not submit proof of ID with your application; you may not vote with only your voter registration card. Additional ID, such as a driver's license, will be required.
For the 2008 election South Carolina used the following voting machines. For a county-by-county list of the specific machines (and the source for this section) see Verified Voting's Verifier tool.
- Main article: Voting machines
Direct-Recording Electronic (DRE) machines with a paper trail:
- State Election commission Website: http://www.scvotes.org/
- State Election Commission
- 2221 Devine Street, Suite 105
- Columbia, SC 29205
- State Election Commission
- P.O. Box 5987
- Columbia, SC 29250-5987
- Main: (803) 734-9060
- Fax: (803) 734-9366
- E-mail: [mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com]
State and local non-governmental election organizations
League of Women Voters
LWV of South Carolina, Barbara Zia, President
- P.O. Box 8453
- Columbia, SC 29202
- Phone: 803-251-2726
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Aiken County MAL Unit
- Charleston Area
- Clemson Area
- Darlington County MAL Unit
- Florence Area
- Georgetown County
- Greenville County
- Hilton Head Island
- Horry County MAL Unit
- Spartanburg County
- Sumter County
- The Bluffton Area
Felon voting rights
"South Carolina is one of the few states that do disenfranchise individuals with misdemeanor convictions, but only while they are incarcerated. The law also bars anyone with a misdemeanor specifically related to election fraud from voting until full completion of sentence. Interviews of election officials in 2008 found that 61% of officials did not understand the state’s law on misdemeanors, with several officials incorrectly stating that individuals could vote while incarcerated for a misdemeanor conviction."
Articles and resources
- The main page on election protection and reform organizations.
- All articles in the Election Protection Wiki project.
- For election day: Things citizens can do to monitor elections and If you are told you cannot vote.
- Erika Wood and Rachel Bloom,De Facto Disenfranchisement, Brennan Center for Justice and American Civil Liberties Union, October 21, 2008.
- GoVote.org locates your polling place and other voting information.
- Google map polling locations locates most polling location, may be missing or out of date.
Election Protection hotlines
- 866-OUR-VOTE (National Election Protection Hotline)
- 888-VE-Y-VOTA (Español)
- 800-966-5946 (AALDEF, Asian languages)
- 866-MYVOTE1 (Tom Joyner Hotline - VoterAction, NAACP National Voter Fund)
- 877-523-2792 (ACLU Voting Rights Project Hotline)
- 877-US4-OBAMA (Obama campaign Voter Hotline)
- 866-976-VOTE (McCain campaign Honest and Open Election hotline - leave a message)
- 877-GOCNN08 (CNN Voter Problem Tipline)
- 888-VOTE-TIP (VelvetRevolution Election Protection Hotline for fraud)
- 567-258-VOTE (Twitter Vote Report key in report or leave audio message)
- ACLU's "Know Your Voting Rights - State by State" -- printable brochures summarizing your voting rights, for most states.
- One-page know your rights summaries for 27 states from the AFL-CIO.
- Click here to see the voter ID requirements in all states. From the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Election officials, election reform groups, and elected officials
- Why Tuesday? offers a page for South Carolina that helps locate South Carolina's elections officials, election reform groups, and elected officials, as well as a page titled Find a group in your area that lets you find similar information for other states.
- Click here to request an absentee ballot. Go Vote Absentee is a project of the Women Donors Network.
- Information for voters with disabilities from NDRN.
Student voting rights
- See South Carolina Student Voting Rights for a guide to student voting rights in South Carolina. See Student Voting Rights for a guide to other states. From the Brennan Center for Justice.
- See how organizations you trust recommend you vote on ballot measures and other statewide contests at TransparentDemocracy.
- Help in other languages from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. 中文, 日本語, 한국어, Tagalog, Tiếng Việt, Español
- Verified Voting's South Carolina page, which provides detailed information on voting equipment in use in every county in South Carolina.
- Election Law @ Moritz's South Carolina page, which provides detailed information on election law developments in South Carolina. See map page to see the information for election developments in any given state.
- Election Law @ Moritz's South Carolina general information page, which provides information on South Carolina election authorities, post-election processes, and other topics. See map page to see this information for any given state.