Early & Absentee Voting 101

The Charleston County Board of Elections and Voter Registration has outlined a variety of choices when it comes to voting early and absentee (of which every voter is qualified) in the November 2020 General Election. With so much information available online, the options can seem overwhelming or complicated, but the truth is the process couldn’t be simpler. Please see below for a breakdown of everything you need to know about voting early and absentee, and be sure and spread the word to your family and friends.

Options to Vote Early / Absentee

By Mail
1. Request your absentee ballot application online at charlestoncounty.org (must be able to print), by calling 843.744.8683 or submit a written request application to absentee@charlestoncounty.org. All applications must be received by 5 p.m. Saturday, October 24.
2. Print your application if requested online
3. Sign and return via email (absentee@charlestoncounty.org), fax (843.974.6419), USPS (PO Box 71419, North Charleston, SC, 29415) or drop off in person at one of the four locations listed on charlestoncounty.org
4. Send ballot back (with witness signature) via USPS (no postage required) or drop off at one of four locations at an available date/time listed online (there will be a dedicated lane for voters to drive through) no later than 7 p.m. on November 3.

In Person
Charleston has four satellite voting locations that voters can visit to vote absentee in person. Voting hours are 8:30-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (also open Saturday, October 24 and Saturday, October 31 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.). No application needs to be completed prior to arrival; be sure to bring one of these five forms of photo identification: SC Driver’s License, SC Department of Motor Vehicles ID Card, SC Voter Registration Card with photo, Federal Military ID or US Passport.
1. North Charleston Coliseum (Box Office Entrance): 500 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston (Oct. 5 - Nov. 2)
2. Seacoast Church Mount Pleasant: 750 Long Point Road (Oct. 19 - Nov. 2)
3. Seacoast Church West Ashley: 2049 Savannah Highway (Oct. 19 - Nov. 2)
4. Main Library Downtown: 68 Calhoun St. (Oct. 19 - Nov. 2)

For Voter Registration questions, to register to vote, or update your address, email voterregistration@charlestoncounty.org.

For additional information on Charleston County Government news and services, please visit our website at www.charlestoncounty.org.

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