Primary Election: JUNE 14th
Run-Off Election: JUNE 28th
Election Day: NOVEMBER 8th

Voter ID Requirements in South Carolina

Voter photo identification requirements are in effect.

Please have one of these five photo IDs ready to vote:

  • 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

Election Day Voting:  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.

Absentee Voting:  Qualified voters can vote absentee in person or by mail.  Photo ID is required to vote absentee in person.  Photo ID is not required to vote absentee by mail.  You must be able to meet one of the 16 reasons to vote absentee including being out of town on election day, work schedule conflicts, you are a caregiver or over the age of 65 years. 


  • Absentee Voting by Mail:

    • Get the application online. Use this link to get your application or the application of an immediate family member online.  To get your application online, you must be able to print your application or save your application for printing later. You can also use this link to access your application to print again.   

    • Request an application for yourself or your immediate family member from Beaufort Election Commission by phone, mail, email, or fax. You will be mailed an application.

      • Mail: Beaufort County Board of Voter Registration & Elections,  Post Office Drawer 1228,  Beaufort, SC 29901-1228

      • Fax: (843) 255-9429 or (843) 524-0617

      • Email:

    • Once you have printed your application online or received your application in the mail, you must now complete and sign the application and return it to your county voter registration office. You should return the application as soon as possible but no later than 5:00 p.m. on the 4th day prior to the election (the 4th day is Friday for all Tuesday elections). You may return the application by mail, email, fax, or personal delivery. You will receive your absentee ballot in the mail.

    • Complete the ballot following ballot instructions and return it to the Beaufort County Board of Elections office in Bluffton or Beaufort by 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election. You may return the ballot personally or by mail but it must be received by 7:00 p.m. on election day. 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.

  • Absentee Voting In Person:  To vote absentee in person, visit the Bluffton or Beaufort County Election Offices, complete an application and cast your vote.  You may vote absentee in-person up until 5:00 p.m. on the day before the election.​


Board of Voter Registration and Elections of Beaufort County

Beaufort Office:

15 John Galt Road

Beaufort, SC 29906

(843) 255-6900

Open:  Monday - Friday

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Bluffton Office:

61 Ulmer Road

Bluffton, SC 29910

(843) 255-6940