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Voter Eligibility
Voter Registration
Voter ID
Early Voting
Voting on Election Day
Safety Precautions
Final Thoughts

Key Upcoming Election Dates:

Friday, May 10 – Last day to register in person to vote in the primary
Sunday, May 12 – Last day to register online to vote in the primary
Early Primary Voting – May 28 through June 7, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. M-F
Tuesday, June 11 – Primary Election Day
Tuesday, June 25 – Primary Runoff Day (if necessary)

Voter Eligibility

First things first. Are you registered to vote? Have you moved since the last time you voted? Did you get married? Have you voted before? Have you been convicted of a felony?

Check your registration: If you’re registered but haven’t voted in a few years, check your registration at SCVotes.gov. You just need to enter your name, county and birthdate.

Check your name: When you vote you will need to show a form of photo ID. If you need to change your ID, do it now!  Allow extra time to get this done. The DMV integration with the Election Office is not instant, so allow extra time to get this done. Do not do this at the last minute.

Check your address: If you’ve moved into the county from outside of the state or Greenville County, you must get a new registration. If you’ve moved from within the county, you can update your existing registration. Call the Election Office for more information: 864.467.7250.

Have you been convicted of a felony?: You can vote if you are not on parole or probation. Your rights are not automatically reinstated, you must register again and you may be required to show documentation that you have completed your entire sentence. If you have been convicted of a misdemeanor, you may vote so long as you aren’t in jail.

Are you 17?: You can register to vote now if you will be 18 by Election Day. You will need your Social Security number to complete your application. Ask your mom.

Voter Registration

There are several ways to register to vote.

Register online: If you are a US Citizen, and have a current Driver’s License,  you can now complete your voter registration completely online. Your digital signature will be pulled in electronically from the DMV. Allow at least four business days for processing. Go to SCvotes.gov to register.

Register by mail or at a registration event: You can register on a paper form, which you can download here. You will need to attach a copy of your drivers’ license, sign and date the application, and mail it back to the Greenville County Election Office at 301 University Ridge, Suite N-1900, Greenville, SC 29601.

If you have not received your voter registration card by two weeks before Election Day, call 864-467-7250 to check your status.

Voter ID

No matter where you vote or when, you will need to have one of five forms of identification.

  • Current SC Drivers’ License
  • SC DMV Identification Card
  • SC Voter Registration Card with photo
  • Federal Military ID
  • Current and valid US Passport

If you do not have one of these forms of ID with you, you will still be permitted to cast a provisional ballot. But that ballot will only count if your ID is verified at the County Board of Election offices prior to certification of the results. These deadlines may vary and you should contact the Board of Elections (864-467-7250) if you are unable to produce a valid form of photo ID.

Absentee Voting

Absentee voting allows qualified voters to cast a ballot by mail prior to Election Day. In-person Absentee voting is no longer available because it was replaced by Early Voting.

The rules for voting absentee have changed significantly since legislation passed in May 2022. The League of Women Voters of South Carolina advises that voters who are capable of voting either during Early Voting or on Election Day should choose one of those ways to vote. There are too many potential pitfalls that could result in an absentee ballot being disqualified. There are many reasons that absentee ballots can be disqualified and you may not even know that your vote was rejected.

The application

Before you can get an absentee ballot, you must file an application to receive one. You can request that by calling the election office at 864-467-7264 or visiting the office in person.

You must provide your name, date of birth, and last four of your SSN. You can request an application for no more than five other individuals, but there are new requirements for requesting and returning ballots as an authorized representative.

When you receive the application, you can return it by mail or by taking it directly to the county election office. The application must be received no later than 5 p.m. on October 27. That is very last minute and election officials advise getting your application in well ahead of these deadlines.

The ballot

Once you have received and completed your ballot, place it in the enclosed envelope marked “Ballot Here-In.” Then place that envelope in the return envelope.

You must sign the voter’s oath and have your signature witnessed. The witness can be anyone at least 18, and they must print their name and address on the return envelope.

You can return the ballot by mail or take it to the Election Commission office. You must present a photo ID when returning absentee ballots.

Bottom Line: If you are capable of voting absentee, request your ballot early, complete it early, and return it early. Consider returning it directly to County Square but if you’re mailing, leave plenty of time – at least 10 days – for it to be delivered.

Early Voting

For the June 11 primary:

Early in-person voting is available Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 28 through June 7. There is no early voting on Saturday, Sunday or any holidays.

Voting locations are:

  • GREER TRYON RECREATION CENTER 226 Oakland Ave., Greer, SC 29650

  • TRAVELERS REST COUNCIL CHAMBERS 155 Trailblazer Dr., Travelers Rest, SC 29690 (Fire Station)

  • MCALISTER SQUARE 225 S. Pleasantburg Dr., Ste. B10, Greenville, SC 29607 (back entrance).

  • MAULDIN SENIOR CENTER 203 Corn Rd., Greenville, SC 29607

  • MT. PLEASANT COMMUNITY CENTER 710 S. Fairfield Rd., Greenville, SC 29605

  • SIMPSONVILLE CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH 207 Davenport Rd., Simpsonville, SC 29680

Note that there is no early voting at the County Square election office. If you need a ride to the polls, contact the GCDP office at 864-232-5531.

Voting on Primary Election Day

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Anyone in line at 7:00 p.m. will be allowed to vote.

Make sure you have confirmed your polling place. You can check your polling location here. There are often polling place changes for Election Day. Check for polling places at the county election office website.

You must have your photo ID with you.

No campaign material or electioneering is allowed inside the polling place or within 500 feet of a polling place. This includes hats, buttons, shirts, etc.

Also no weapons of any kind are permitted in the polling places.

If a runoff is required, it will be held on June 25.

Final thoughts

Voting is your right. If you are properly registered, are at the right polling place, and are in line by 7 p.m., you MUST be allowed to vote. If you are denied your opportunity to vote, contact the GCDP at 864-232-5531. We will have staff on hand to work with the election office. Do not leave your polling location while you call; stand your ground. If you have to leave, ask for a provisional ballot and then follow up with the Election Commission to ensure that ballot gets counted. Document anything you are told and ask for the names of those poll workers you interact with.