2020 Hampton Street
Columbia, SC 29204
P.O. Box 192
Columbia, SC 29202
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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City of Forest Acres – Tuesday, May 14, 2013
School Board District 1 At Large Special Election – Tuesday, June 4, 2013
The mission of the Richland County Elections and Voter Registration Office is to conduct elections according to Federal and State laws; to provide every eligible citizen with the opportunity to register to vote; participate in fair and impartial elections; and have the assurance that their votes will count. This mission shall be achieved by continually reviewing and improving the voter registration and election process. All board members and staff personnel are dedicated to maintaining the integrity and accuracy of the election process. We believe in the importance of each citizen’s right to vote.
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To vote in South Carolina you must be registered. To register to vote, you must:
Applications to vote may be made in person at the Voter Registration Office at 2020 Hampton Street or at voter registration drives throughout the County.
Online voter registration is available at www.scvotes.org. To complete voter registration online, you MUST have a valid driver's license or identification card issued by the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles.
Additionally, you may register by completing a mail-in form and returning it to:
- Be a citizen of the United States of America
- Be a resident of South Carolina, this county and precinct
- Not be under a court declaring you mentally incompetent
- Not be confined in any public prison resulting from a conviction of a crime
- Never been convicted of a felony or offence against the election laws OR, if previously convicted, served your entire sentence including probation or parole or have received a pardon for the conviction
- Claim only one address as legal residence
Richland County Board of Elections and Voter Registration
There is no length of residency requirement in South Carolina in order to register to vote. You can register at any time.
You must be registered at least 30 days prior to any election in order to vote in that election. Registration by mail must be postmarked no later than 30 days prior to that particular election to be eligible.
P.O. Box 192
Columbia SC 29202
Students may register to vote where they attend college only if they establish that they are a bona fide resident of that community. In establishing such residency, students must demonstrate that they intend to remain in the community permanently or indefinitely.
Assistance at Polls
Assistance in marking a ballot is allowed only if the voter is blind, illiterate or physically disabled. A voter entitled to receive assistance may choose anyone to assist except his employer, agent of his employer, or an officer or agent of his union.
If you will be absent from your county of residence on Election Day, you may be eligible to vote by absentee ballot.
Determine if you qualify for absentee voting by clicking the Absentee Voting link to your right, or
contact the Richland County Elections and Voter Registration office at (803) 576-2240.
Absentee ballot applications are available online at
To receive your online application, you MUST be able to print your application.
Mail it to the Richland County Elections and Voter Registration office, P.O. Box 192, Columbia, SC 29202.
Absentee ballots are not available online except to military and overseas citizens.
Click the following link to
check the status of your Absentee or Provisional Ballot.
If You Move...
If you move within Richland County, complete
the change of address form
and mail it to the address above;
or scan and email it to
If you move from one county to another, contact that county for information on voter Registration. Click SC County info for a list of SC counties and contact information.
Did You Know?
- For identification to vote in person, you must present one of five types of valid IDs: SC Drivers License, SC ID issued by the SC DMV, voter registration card with photo, Federal military ID, or U.S. passport. If your voter registration card is ever lost or stolen, you may obtain a duplicate, even on election day, from the Voter Registration Office. For updated information on Photo ID, visit
- Husbands and wives cannot vote in the same voting booth.
- Polls open at 7:00am and stay open until 7:00pm.
- You can apply for an absentee ballot for any primary general election as early as January for any calendar year.
- You can find your district legislative delegation (House Member and Senator) contact information here.
- Visit County Council for information on upcoming agendas, meeting schedules, etc.