There is no better way to stand up for South Carolina’s public schools than to vote. Each election cycle – from local statehouse races to national contests – brings an opportunity to support public education. Each outcome directly, and often dramatically, affects public education. School board members and other public education advocates should take steps to ensure that educators, parents and students are fully informed about the issues and the candidates.
SCSBA is here to help by providing information on the candidates, key election dates, and tips to get involved.
You may vote in person (rules for photo ID required) at your county voter registration office up until 5 p.m. on the day before the election. For more information, click here.
You may vote by mail (photo ID is not required) by taking the steps listed below. For more information, click here.
- Request and complete an absentee voter application form available at your county voter registration and elections office or online by clicking here and return the application form to your county voter registration and elections office as soon as possible but no later than 5 p.m. on the Friday before the Tuesday election.
- Obtain your absentee ballot mailed to you by your county voter registration and elections office.
- Vote the ballot per ballot instructions and mail it or deliver it in person to your county voter registration and elections office by 7 p.m. on the day of the election. (Note: Your completed absentee ballot must be placed in the “Ballots Herein” envelope provided with your absentee ballot. The “Ballots Herein” envelope will then be placed inside a “Return Envelope” which you must sign and have witnessed before returning.)
- SC Election Commission (scvotes.org)
- SC Republican Party (scgop.com)
- SC Democratic Party (scdp.org)
- SC Ethics Commission (ethics.sc.gov)
- SC Libertarian Party (sclibertarians.net)
- American Party of South Carolina- (americanpartysc.com)
- National Institute on Money in State Politics (campaign contribution reports – followthemoney.org)
- Requirements to vote (PDF flyer – provided by SC Elections Commission)
- How to register to vote (PDF flyer – provided by SC Elections Commission)
- Photo ID requirements now in effect (PDF flyer – provided by SC Elections Commission)
- How to vote absentee (PDF flyer – provided by SC Elections Commission)
- Voting for citizens with disabilities (PDF flyer – provided by SC Elections Commission)
If you will not be able to vote in person, there are two ways you can vote absentee: either in person on the day before the election, or by mail.