Election Rules

General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 2 in-person, October 4 email or fax, October 5 postmarked

ID Requirements for Voting: Photo ID is required and if and ID is not shown, voter can use provisional ballot and return with an ID. Voters can also vote provisionally with a voter registration card.

Absentee Voting: An excuse is required to request an absentee ballot. Voters can access the application online, or they can request an application form the county voter registration office. The application must be mailed to the county voter registration office at least 4 days before the election or in person at least one day before the election.

Gender Gaps in Representation

South Carolina is one of 13 states that has no women in its Congressional delegation. South Carolina ranks 45th in the country for women’s representation in the State Legislature.

South Carolina Congressional Delegation

South Carolina State Legislature

Voter Turnout

South Carolina women had higher voter turnout than women in the overall United States in the 2016 Elections, but South Carolina men had lower voter turnout.

Percent Voter Turnout by Gender

Voter Turnout by Race

Other races not shown due to population size