Do I have to choose a political party when I register to vote?
No, South Carolina voters are not registered by party.
However, voters must choose which political party’s primary they want to participate in for each Primary Election. If you participate in one party’s primary, you cannot participate in the other party’s Primary Runoff. If you do not vote in the Primary Election, you may vote in either party’s Primary Runoff. Regardless of Primary Election participation, you will be able to vote for any desired candidates in the General Election.
Is there a deadline for registration?
Voters must be registered 30 days prior to any election you wish to vote in. Registration by mail applications must be postmarked no later than 30 days before the election.
I will be 18 years old by Election Day, but I am currently only 17 years of age. When can I submit my voter registration application?
You may register 120 days prior to the Primary or General Election, even though you are only 17 years old, as long as you will be 18 on General Election Day. You may also vote in the Primary as a 17 year old, as long as you will be 18 years old by the related General Election.
I completed a voter registration form, but have not received a voter registration card. What should I do?
You may search HERE to see whether you are a registered voter. You can also contact Kershaw County Board of Elections and Voter Registration (803-424-4016) to ensure that your application was received and processed. Be sure to confirm your registration within 30 days of any election in which you wish to vote.
I have moved into Kershaw County from another SC County. What should I do?
You must apply for a new registration card.
You may register in person at Kershaw County Voter Registration Office, 609 Lafayette Ave Camden, SC 29020 or at DMV when you change your driver’s license. You may also register online or download the application from HERE. If you print an application it must be signed and mailed to the Kershaw County Board of Elections and Voter Registration Office along with a copy of your id. Faxed (803-424-4012) or emailed (firstname.lastname@example.org) signed applications are also accepted.
I am moving from one SC County to another SC County within 30 days of a Primary or General Election. Will I be able to vote?
If you were registered in your former county of residence, Yes! On the day of the election, you may do one of the following:
You may go to your former county and vote a limited ballot (National/Statewide/Countywide offices only) at the precinct where you were registered.
You may go to the Voter Registration Office in your new county of residence, register to vote, and cast a complete ballot at the Voter Registration Office.
My registration card is inaccurate, because I have moved within the county, changed my name, or because of an error. How can I update this information?
All corrections must be submitted in writing, as your signature is required. You may use the online registration or download an application from from HERE to make the necessary changes to your address. The printed application must be mailed to 609 Lafayette Ave, Camden, SC 29020 or You may fax (803-424-4012) or email (email@example.com) the signed application.
If you have moved outside of Kershaw County, you must submit a voter registration application to your new county of residence.
I have moved within the county, and have not updated my address. Will I be able to vote in an upcoming election?
Please submit your address change as soon as possible! If you change your address at least two weeks before the election date, you will be issued a new registration card and will be able to vote in your new precinct. If this is not done, on election day, come into the Voter Registration Office at 609 Lafayette Ave, Camden, SC 29020 to make your address change and vote a complete Failsafe Ballot. Going to your old precinct and voting Failsafe will only allow you to vote for Countywide or Statewide Candidates.
How can I find out where I am supposed to vote, or what districts I am registered in?
This information is printed on your voter registration card. It is also available HERE.
Which Elected Officials am I represented by?
County Officials can be found by contacting the Clerk of Council at (803) 425-1500.
State Representatives can be found HERE.
Other State Officials can be found HERE.
Also, see a brochure that lists the Kershaw County Elected Officials and their terms.
What identification is required on Election Day?
According to South Carolina Law, each voter must present one of the following current, unexpired documents:
Voter Registration Card with Photo
South Carolina Driver’s License
South Carolina Identification Card issued by the DMV
Additional identification may be required if proof of residence was not provided at time of registration. Voters who register by mail, without providing proof of residence, are given instructions to bring proof of residence on Election Day, such as a current & valid photo ID, current utility bill, current bank statement, current government check, or other current government document (other than your registration card.)
Other forms of identification are NOT accepted on Election Day including police id, birth certificates, or Social Security cards.
I cannot go to the polls on Election Day. How will I be able to vote?
You, or an immediate family member, may request an application for absentee voting. You may submit this request by calling the Board of Elections and Voter Registration Office at 424-4016. The application will be mailed to you upon request. You must specify the elections in which you want to vote absentee. Or you can click on the Online Absentee Request below, fill-in the
requested information, sign the application, and mail to the address on the form
What if I wish to vote for someone not listed on the ballot?
Voters may write-in candidates of their choice in General and Municipal Elections. However, voters may not write-in candidates for the office of President or Vice president. Write-in candidates are not allowed in Primary Elections.
In a recent election, I voted an absentee or provisional ballot (Challenged/Fail-safe). How do I know if my ballot counted?
You may register in person at Kershaw County Voter Registration Office, 609 Lafayette Ave Camden, SC 29020. You may also register or change your address online or download the application from HERE. The printed application must be signed and mailed to the Kershaw County Board of Elections and Voter Registration Office at 609 Lafayette Ave, Camden, SC 29020 along with a copy of your id. Faxed (803-424-4012) or emailed (firstname.lastname@example.org) signed applications are also accepted.
Can a non-candidate observe the election process?
1 per candidate at each precinct
2 per political party per 1000 registered voters for that precinct
1 per candidate at each precinct
Be a registered voter in Kershaw County
Present certification signed by the candidate or appropriate party official to the managers of the polling place where they are assigned to watch
Wear visible I.D. stating s/he is a poll watcher
Name of the candidate or political party they represent
No larger than 4 ¼ X 4 ¼”
May not be a color that has a fluorescent quality
Be allowed to observe the entire voting process
Not talk with voters or interfere with orderly conduct of the election