Elections & Voter Registration
The 2020 General Election is set for November 3. With ongoing concerns about COVID-19, many voters are thinking about potential health risks that may come with voting in person at their precinct. With a larger than usual turnout expected for 2020 election, voters with physical limitations may also have serious concerns about waiting in line. Luckily, voting absentee is a great options that can alleviate these concerns.
In-Person Absentee Voting Is Now Open
As of October 5, registered voters in any Georgetown County precinct can cast an absentee ballot in person at the county Elections and Voter Registration Office, located at 303 N Hazard Street, Georgetown. The State of Emergency surrounding COVID-19 is accepted as a reason to vote absentee in this election. The Georgetown County Elections office is open from 8:30 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. Make sure to bring a photo ID and anticipate a line. In-person absentee voting allows voters to cast their ballots on voting machines, just as they would at the polls on Election Day. In-person absentee voting will be open until Election Day.
Vote by Mail in South Carolina
It's called absentee voting, and the state legislature has made any voter with concerns about COVID-19 eligible for absentee voting this year. There are 16 other reasons a voter can give to qualify to vote absentee, as well. These include having to work on the date of the election, being on vacation/out of town on the date of the election, having to care for someone who is sick or disabled, and being age 65 or older.
If you qualify to vote absentee, you can print an application online, or you can contact our office for an application using the information at the top of this page. If your application is approved, a ballot will be mailed to you. You can fill out your ballot at home, following ballot instructions carefully, and return it to the county voter registration office by 7 pm on the day of the election. You may return the ballot personally or by mail. You may also have another person return the ballot for you, but you must first complete an authorization to return absentee ballot form, available from your county voter registration office. For more information, visit the South Carolina Election Commission's Absentee Voting webpage.
Witness signature required for mail-in ballots after October 7.
What You Need to Know
To vote in any election you must be registered 30 days prior to that election. Once you are registered, there is no need to re-register, but please keep your information up to date to avoid issues on Election Day at your polling place.
If you have never been registered in Georgetown County before, use the button on the left to check your information or contact our office.
If you are registered in another county, you will need to register in our county in order to vote.
- Federal Post Card Application for Military and Overseas Citizens (PDF)
- Military and Overseas voters go to the Federal Voting Assistance Programs website to register or request an absentee ballot
- Register to vote (PDF) (use this form if you have never been registered in Georgetown County)
Call now to request an absentee ballot if you can't go to the polls on Election Day
Change form (PDF) (to update your information; use only if you are already registered in Georgetown County).
To contact the local parties call:
- Democratic Party - Deb Smith at 843-830-3996
- Republican Party - Karol Anderson at 843-240-3029
To successfully administer all federal, state and local elections held within Georgetown County and provide all residents a chance to register and vote.
The office provides information concerning:
- Absentee applications
- Change of address forms
- Information for all federal, state, and local elections held within Georgetown County
- Precinct names
- Registration deadlines
- Voting locations
Information for Voters
Please be prepared (educate yourself before you go to vote) and please be patient. Polls are open from 7 am until 7 pm.
Curbside voting is available for those who are not able to go inside their polling location. ID is required for voting (choose one of the following): (Note all must be current / Not expired)
- DMV-issued photo ID - South Carolina
- Drivers license - South Carolina
- Military photo ID
- South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permit
- US passport
- Voter registration card with photo
If you registered through the mail and did not provide your ID, you will have to provide it at the polls; if you use your voter registration card, you will need one additional form of current ID:
- Bank Statement - with name and address
- Government check - with name and address
- Government document - with name and address (voter registration card does not count)
- Paycheck - with name and address
- Utility Bill - with name and address
- Valid photo identification
No campaign materials are allowed within 200 feet of voting precinct or inside the precinct; this includes:
- Bumper stickers
If a voter needs assistance at the polls, the voter must ask for the assistance, and must qualify for this assistance.
If you registered at the DMV, and have not gotten a voter registration card, please call our office to make sure you are truly registered.