COLUMBIA, SC (December 2, 2020) – A survey conducted following the 2020 General Election shows a large majority of voters are confident in the integrity of South Carolina's elections and were comfortable with the state's new paper-based voting system.
COLUMBIA, SC (November 18, 2020) – The five members of the SC State Election Commission today approved a resolution of thanks and appreciation to voters for their patience and enthusiasm and to county and state election officials and volunteers for their unwavering commitment to creating and enacting plans to provide safe and accessible registration and voting opportunities for every citizen.
“Faced with extraordinary challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, state and county election officials worked tirelessly to adapt to new voting laws and set up safe voting processes,” said John Wells, Chairman of the State Election Commission. “As a result, the 2020 General Election was conducted safely and securely, all while seeing the largest number of voters in South Carolina election history. We thank the voters across South Carolina for their patience and enthusiasm under unprecedented circumstances.”
COLUMBIA, SC (November 3, 2020) – Due to a printing error by the ballot printing vendor, Dorchester County absentee by mail ballots are unable to be tabulated using ballot scanners. All ballots will be counted, and this does not impact the integrity of the election. However, unofficial results of by mail ballots in Dorchester County will not be available tonight. Results of in-person absentee ballots and election day ballots are unaffected.
It is too early to know when the results will be tabulated, but the SEC is working with elections officials in Dorchester County to count the ballots accurately and completely.
This issue only impacts the approximately 14,600 by mail ballots issued by Dorchester County.
COLUMBIA, SC (October 28, 2020) – More than one million South Carolinians have already cast their ballots in the 2020 General Election, doubling the record for absentee voting set in the 2016 General Election. Based on current trends, 1.3 million voters could vote before election day, which could be approximately half of the total turnout in the election.
The highest turnout in a presidential election in the past 25 years was 76% in 2008. If the 2020 General Election matches that turnout, approximately 2.7 million of the 3.5 million registered voters in South Carolina will vote.
2020 General Election Absentee Statistics as of 12:00 p.m., October 28
Total Issued: 1,105,000,000 (Record - 517,000 - 2016 GE)
Total Returned: 1,013,000 (Record - 503,000 - 2016 GE)
In Person Issued/Returned: 642,000 (Record - 370,000 - 2016 GE)
By Mail Issued: 464,000 (Record - 147,000 - 2016 GE)
COLUMBIA, SC (October 15, 2020) – A record number of South Carolinians are voting absentee, both in person and by mail. Based on current trends, more than one million voters will vote before election day.
While in person absentee voting is available through November 2, the deadline to apply for an absentee by mail ballot is quickly approaching. Voters who want to vote by mail in the November 3 General Election need to act now and return their application no later than Saturday, October 24.
2020 General Election Absentee Statistics as of 5:00 p.m., October 15
Total Issued: 637,000 (Record - 517,000 - 2016 GE)
Total Returned: 388,000 (Record - 503,000 - 2016 GE)
In Person Issued/Returned: 221,000 (Record - 370,000 - 2016 GE)
By Mail Issued: 416,000 (Record - 147,000 - 2016 GE)
By Mail Returned: 167,000 (Record - 133,000 - 2016 GE)
Ballots received through October 7 will be accepted without a witness signature.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (October 6, 2020) – South Carolinians voting absentee by mail must now have their signatures on ballot return envelopes witnessed after the United States Supreme Court late yesterday reinstated the requirement.
Under the court’s order, ballots already received by county officials and those received through October 7 will be counted regardless of whether the return envelope bears a witness signature.
To ensure your absentee by mail ballot counts, voters must:
Make Sure You Are Registered, and Your Information is Current
COLUMBIA, S.C. (September 29, 2020) – To help ensure voters are prepared for the November 3 General Election, the State Election Commission wants to remind South Carolinians of the fast-approaching voter registration deadline.
YOU MUST BE REGISTERED BY OCTOBER 4* TO VOTE IN THE 2020 GENERAL ELECTION
Voters should prepare for election day by checking to make sure their registration is current. Visit scVOTES.gov and click “Check My Registration.”
Voters not currently registered to vote in their county of residence must register by the deadline, including citizens who:
COLUMBIA, S.C. (September 24, 2020) – South Carolinians voting absentee by mail must now have their signatures on ballot return envelopes witnessed after the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals today issued an order reversing a lower court’s ruling. On September 19th, the United States District Court ordered the witness requirement to be suspended for the 2020 General Election. The Fourth Circuit order stays the District Court order.
The SEC will continue to the notify the public of any changes to the witness requirement through the media and at scVOTES.gov.
COLUMBIA, SC (September 10, 2020) – A survey conducted in June 2020 showed a large majority of South Carolinians who voted in the June 9 Statewide Primaries were confident in the accuracy of South Carolina's elections and were comfortable with the state's new paper-based voting system.
South Carolina voters say the process of registering to vote is easy, with 65% saying it is very easy and an additional 28% saying it is somewhat easy.
More than four in five (85%) say they are very (44%) or somewhat (41%) confident in the accuracy of South Carolina elections. This compares to roughly three in four (74%) who say they are very (35%) or somewhat (39%) confident in the accuracy of national elections.
Most voters are comfortable using South Carolina’s paper-based voting system (48% say they are very comfortable, with an additional 34% saying they are somewhat comfortable). Further, voters are confident in the accuracy of South Carolina’s paper-based voting system (38% say they very confident, with an additional 42% saying they are somewhat confident).