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South Carolina Voter Registration

Below are some important dates and information for South Carolina voter registration and Election Day 2016!

  • Deadline to register to vote: October 8, 2016
  • Deadline for absentee voting via mailed ballot: November 4, 2016
  • Deadline for absentee voting in person: November 7, 2016 at 5 p.m. 
  • Election Day: November 8, 2016

For individuals registered in a state other than South Carolina, please visit www.usa.gov/voter-registration-deadlines for a state-by-state list of registration deadlines. Please note that most states require individuals to be registered to vote at least 30 days prior to the election day.

Frequently Asked Questions

I need to register for the first time. Where do I go?
For South Carolina residents: visit  www.scvotes.org, select voters and register to vote. Follow the instructions on the website to complete your voter registration.

For out-of-state residents: visit www.usa.gov/register-to-vote for more information on how to register to vote in your state.

I live on campus and am not from Spartanburg, can I register to vote using my on campus address?
Yes! When filling out the voter registration application, use the following address: 470 Hodge Drive, PMB # (enter actual number) Spartanburg, SC 29303.

I have moved since the last time I registered. How do I change my registration?
For South Carolina residents: visit www.scvotes.org, select voters and update your voter registration. Follow the instructions on the website to update your voter registration.

Make sure you have updated your information with the SC DMV prior to updating your voter registration information.

For out-of-state residents: visit www.usa.gov/register-to-vote for more information on how to update your voter registration in your state.

I need a paper copy of the voter registration form. Where can I find one?
Paper copies of the SC and National voter registration forms can be obtained from the Office of Service-Learning and Community Engagement, CLC 202.

How do I check my voter registration status and find my polling location? 
For South Carolina Residents: visit  www.scvotes.org, select voter and check your voter registration.

For out-of-state residents, visit www.usa.gov/register-to-vote#item-212825 to find a list of state or local elections offices to verify your registration status.

Who is eligible to vote by absentee ballot?
For South Carolina Residents: visit  www.scvotes.org, select voters and absentee voting for a list of who is eligible and instructions for requesting and submitting absentee ballots.

For Out-of-State Residents, visit www.usa.gov/register-to-vote#item-37337 for information regarding absentee voting in your state.

How do I request an absentee ballot?
For voters registered in South Carolina:
In person (deadline: November 7, 2016 at 5 p.m.)
Visit the county voter registration office in your county of residence, complete an application, and cast your ballot.

By mail (deadline: November 4, 2016)
Visit  www.scvotes.org, select voters and absentee voting. Click on the “Get the application online” link.

For individuals registered in a state other than South Carolina:
Visit www.usa.gov/register-to-vote#item-37337 for more information about requesting absentee ballots for your state.

Voter Registration Drives

The Office of Service-Learning and Community Engagement (OSLCE) supports student groups who wish to host voter registration drives. Groups wishing to host a voter registration drive can contact a staff member in the OSLCE to register the drive by emailing oslce@uscupstate.edu, calling 864-503-5433 or stopping by the office in Campus Life Center 202.

Voter Registration Drive Policy
Created 02/22/2015 yes
Updated 04/21/2016

Data on USC Upstate Student Voting Rates

University of South Carolina Upstate is one of about 800 colleges and universities that participated in the National Study of Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE) study for the 2012 and 2014 elections. The study is conducted by a research team affiliated with the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University. 

The NSLVE report provides our institution’s student voting rates for the 2012 and 2014 national elections. The data is broken down by characteristics such as age and field of study. 

 FAQ sheet to accompany the voting report can be found at: http://activecitizen.tufts.edu/wp-content/uploads/NSLVE-Report-FAQ.pdf.

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Contact Us

Dr. Abraham Goldberg
Director of Service-Learning and Community Engagement
Associate Professor of Political Science
Campus Life Center 202
864-503-5670

Kara Davis
Associate Director of Metropolitan Engagement
Admin 326F
864-503-7366

Heather Rossi
Volunteer Program Coordinator
Campus Life Center, 202
864-503-5106

Charlie Lafer
AmeriCorps VISTA
Campus Life Center, 202
864-503-7200

Graduate Assistant for Community Engagement  
864-503-5433  


oslce@uscupstate.edu
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
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