Register to Vote
The Bully Pulpit Series encourages all students at CofC to be engaged in the political process. Registering to vote is an important part of that engagement. If you are a South Carolina resident, you can choose whether to vote here in Charleston or to vote at home with an absentee ballot. You are legally entitled to choose where you prefer to vote—here where you go to school or back in your hometown. If you live in the dorms, however, it is important that you use the official street address of the residence hall and NOT your post office box number. Be sure to include your social security number (required by law) as well as your signature on the form. Since January 1, 2013 all voters will be required to show a photo ID when you go to vote. If the address on your ID differs from the one you used on the registration, be sure to take a piece of “official mail” with you showing your campus address.
Voting in South Carolina
Since January 1, 2013, you will be asked to show one of the following Photo IDs at your polling place:
- S.C. Driver's License
- ID Card issued by S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles
- S.C. Voter Registration Card with Photo
- Federal Military ID
- U.S. Passport
There is no length of residency requirement in South Carolina in order to register to vote. You can register at any time. You must be registered at least 30 days prior to any election in order to vote in that election. Registration by mail applications must be postmarked at least 30 days prior to that particular election to be eligible.
- Download Voter Registration Application
Voter Registration in South Carolina for College Students
Students may register to vote where they reside while attending college. In order to vote, South Carolina law requires one must first register to vote at least 30 days prior to the election. To be eligible to register in South Carolina you must:
- Be a United States citizen
- Be at least eighteen years old on or before the next election
- Be a resident of South Carolina, this county and precinct
- Not be under a court order declaring you mentally incompetent
- Not be confined in any public prison resulting from a conviction of a crime
- Have never been convicted of a felony or offense against the election laws OR if previously convicted, have served the entire sentence, including probation or parole, or have received a pardon for the conviction
NOT FROM SOUTH CAROLINA OR WANT TO VOTE ABSENTEE?
If you are not from South Carolina and want to register to vote or vote absentee in your home state, use this tool to register to vote in your home locale.