The S.C. Election Commission has confirmed that the early in-person voting for the November elections has been rescheduled to begin on October 5, Monday.
Originally, the early in-person voting statewide was set to start on September 28.
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster has signed into law a bill that expands absentee mail-in voting to all qualified voters and established Oct. 5 as the starting date for in-person voting.
All other dates relating to the election will remain the same. The place for early voting will also remain the same at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium.
In-person absentee voting will be held weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.and will continue from Oct. 5 until 5 p.m. Nov. 2 at county election offices.
Voter who comes to the local elections office prior to Oct. 5 has two options:
- Apply for an absentee-by-mail ballot at that time. The package can be handed to the voter or mailed to the voter.
- Wait until Oct. 5 or later, return to the office, and vote absentee in-person on the ballot-marking device and scanner.
Voter registration deadlines:
- The deadline to register in person is Oct. 2. The deadline to register online is Oct. 4. Mail-in registrations must be postmarked by Oct. 5.
- Voters who already have requested mail-in absentee ballots should start receiving them in early October. Mailed applications for absentee ballots must arrive at election offices by 5 p.m. Oct. 24.
The U.S Postal service is urging voters to mail their completed absentee ballot no later than October 27.