SOUTH CAROLINA

How to vote from your hospital bed

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Before October 5, 2020

Before 5 PM October 30, 2020

You may vote by an absentee ballot if you fulfill certain conditions, such as being over 65 years of age. The deadline for a regular application is 5 PM four days before Election Day. More information on the conditions and the process can be found here.

After October 30, 2020

Voters admitted to the hospital as an emergency patient on the day of the election or within four days of the election can have an immediate family member apply and carry a ballot to the voter.

7 PM on Tuesday November 3, 2020 (Election Day)

Your ballot must be returned to the county voter registration office in your county of residence by 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election in order to be counted.

 

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STEP-BY-STEP HOW TO VOTE

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Complete an Emergency Absentee Ballot Application

Voters admitted to the hospital as an emergency patient on the day of the election or within four days of the election can have an immediate family member apply and carry a ballot to the voter. You can use this link to fill out your application online and print it out for delivery. You may also reach out to the county voter registration office of your county of residence by phone, mail, email, or fax in order to request a ballot to be mailed to you. Information on your county voter registration office can be found here.

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Return Your Application

After you have printed out your online form or filled out the form that you were mailed, you may deliver your filled-out form to your county voter registration office via an immediate family member or an authorized representative. An authorized representative is a registered voter who, with a voter's permission, can request an absentee ballot application on behalf of a voter who qualifies because of illness or disability. Candidates and paid campaign workers may not serve as authorized representatives.

 

In order to have your representative pick up your absentee ballot, you must complete an "Authorization to Return Absentee Ballot Form." The absentee voter completes Part I, and the person returning the ballot completes Part II of the form. Candidates and paid campaign workers may not return absentee ballots unless they are an immediate family member of the voter. This form can also be found online or will be mailed to you.

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Obtain Your Ballot

Your representative will deliver your absentee ballot application as well as your "Authorization to Return Absentee Ballot Form" to your local county voter registration office. This will allow them to pick up your ballot and return it to you.

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Vote!

Fill out your ballot! 

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Return Your Completed Ballot

Your ballot must be returned to the county voter registration office in your county of residence, via your representative, by 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election in order to be counted.

 

 

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STATE LAW

South Carolina

S.C. Code Ann. § 7-15-330

Absentee ballot requests for qualified voters must be received by 5 p.m. on the fourth day before the election. If a person is admitted to a hospital on the day of an election or within the four-day period before the election, an immediate family member may complete an absentee ballot application, receive the ballot, deliver it personally to the patient and personally carry the ballot back to election officials.

 

COVID-19 and Patient Voting

Here is how COVID-19 is affecting Patient Voting in this state:

Elections on May 5th and May 12th have been postponed due to COVID-19 but the June 9th primaries are still scheduled to be held on this date. You can find the latest updates on election date changes here.

You may also vote by an absentee ballot if you qualify for certain conditions, such as being over 65 years of age, admitted to the hospital as emergency patients on Election Day or within a four-day period before the election, or attending someone sick or physically disabled. Please see here for information on the absentee voting process and the conditions to qualify.

Contact patientvoting@gmail.com for more info

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