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Attention Richland County Voters: If you plan to request an absentee ballot by mail, please remember that your absentee application must be received by 5 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, October 24 th. The deadline for in-person absentee voting is 5 p.m. Monday, November 2 nd. If you have requested and not received your absentee ballot application or have returned your application and not received your ballot, you may call the Richland County Voter Registration and Elections Office at 803-576-2240 or 803-576-2246 to check the status. You may also visit www.scvotes.gov and click “Check My Absentee Ballot” to check the status.
ATTENTION: Absentee ballots were mailed to Richland County voters the week of October 5.
When you receive your by-mail ballot, you should vote the ballot, sign the envelope, have it witnessed and return it by mail or in person as soon as possible. Our office must receive your ballot by 7:00 p.m. at 2020 Hampton St. Columbia, SC 29204.
If you do not receive your ballot in the mail by the end of this week, you may go to one of the six in-person absentee locations to cast an in-person absentee ballot. If you receive your ballot after you vote/before you vote in-person absentee, you may return it to our office by bringing it in, marking it return to sender and mail it back, or shred/destroy it. Once you vote in-person absentee, no one will be able to vote that ballot.
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"HOW TO COMPLETE YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT."
Richland County Absentee/Satellite Locations for November 3, 2020 General Election
- Richland County Administration Building - 2020 Hampton St., Columbia, SC 29204 - October 5, 2020 - November 2, 2020 Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
- Garners Ferry Adult Activity Center - 8620 Garners Ferry Road, Hopkins, SC 29061 - October 7, 2020 - November 2, 2020 Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
- Adult Activity Center (Parklane) - 7494 Parklane Road, Columbia, SC 29223 - October 7, 2020 - November 2, 2020 Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
- Ballentine Community Center - 1009 Bickley Road, Irmo, SC 29063 - October 7, 2020 - November 2, 2020 Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
- North Springs Park Community Center - 1320 Clemson Road, Columbia, SC 29229 - October 7, 2020 - November 2, 2020 Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
- Masonic Temple – 2324 Gervais St., Columbia, SC 29204 – October 7, 2020 – November 2, 2020 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Hours & Locations
Richland County Administration Building - 2020 Hampton St., Columbia, SC 29204 & The Masonic Temple- 2324 Gervais St., Columbia, SC 29204, Saturday, October 24, 2020 & October 31, 2020 (9:00 am - 1:00 pm)
*Please note that this information is subject to change. Additional Saturday voting dates and locations may be added. If you have already applied for your absentee ballot for the upcoming General Election, ballots will be mailed no later than 30 days prior to the election. You may check the status of your absentee ballot at www.scvotes.gov . *
October 3, 2020 - Deadline to register to vote in person for General Election Richland County Voter Registration & Elections Office is located at: 2020 Hampton St., Columbia, SC 29204. *WE WILL BE OPEN TO ALLOW REGISTERING TO VOTE THIS SATURDAY, FROM 9:00 AM - 1:00 AM
October 4, 2020 - Deadline to register to vote online or by fax or email for General Election. Visit www.scvotes.gov.
October 5, 2020 - Deadline to register to vote by mail for General Election (Must be postmarked by this date.) Richland County Voter Registration & Elections mailing address is: P.O. Box 192, Columbia, SC 29202.
October 24, 2020 - 5:00 pm Deadline to apply for absentee by mail ballot for General Election. You may apply in person, or online at www.scvotes.gov .
Voters should apply at least one week prior to Election Day to allow adequate mail time. Applying late puts voters at risk of being unable to return ballots by the deadline of 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. Do I need an excuse to vote by Absentee Ballot?
A. No, any registered voter may request an absentee ballot without an excuse.
Q. Do I need a witness signature to return my Absentee Ballot?
A. (October 6, 2020) – South Carolinians voting absentee by mail must now have their signatures on ballot return envelopes witnessed after the United States Supreme Court late yesterday reinstated the requirement.
Under the court’s order, ballots already received by county officials and those received through October 7 will be counted regardless of whether the return envelope bears a witness signature.
To ensure your absentee by mail ballot counts, voters must:
- Sign the voter’s oath on the ballot return envelope
- Have a witness sign and provide address. Any other person can be a witness.
- Return your ballot before 7:00 p.m. on November 3. Ballots can be returned in person or by mail. You should mail your ballot as soon as possible and at least a week before election day to allow time for delivery before the deadline.
Q. Do I automatically receive a runoff absentee ballot if I vote absentee in an election?
A. No. It has to be requested.
Q. Can I check the status of my absentee ballot?
A. Yes. Visit www.scvotes.gov and click “Check My Absentee Ballot”.
Q. If I receive my absentee ballot by mail, do I have to return it by mail?
A. No. You may drop your ballot off at any satellite absentee location or at 2020 Hampton St., Columbia, SC 29204.
Q. What do I do if I do not receive my absentee ballot?
A. You may visit our office at 2020 Hampton St. or one of our other In-Person Absentee Locations to vote. Please let the poll worker or staff member know you did not receive your ballot in time to mail it back.
Q. Will there be drop boxes?
A. No, but you may drop your ballot off at any satellite location.
Q. Will I have to stand in line with voters in order to drop off my ballot?
A. No. Inform an election worker that you are there to drop off your ballot.
Q. Will postage be required to return my absentee ballot by mail?
Q. Can someone else drop off my ballot?
A. Yes, but the voter MUST complete and sign the yellow “Authorization to Return Ballot” form included in the Absentee Ballot Packet.
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2020 Hampton Street
Columbia, SC 29204
PO Box 192
Columbia, SC 29202
Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM