Welcome to Voter Registration & Elections
of Richland County!
Combined Polling Locations for the
June 9, 2020 Primary
All Voters Can Now Vote Absentee in June Primaries/Runoffs
Every voter in South Carolina is now qualified to vote absentee in the June Primaries and Runoffs. Governor McMaster signed into law legislation passed by the General Assembly that authorizes any voter to vote absentee in any election occurring in June 2020.The provision expires July 1, 2020 and does not apply to any election occurring after July 1st. All voters now have two options to exercise their right to vote in the 2020 Statewide Primaries and Runoffs.
Voters who vote Absentee
-Can now select Reason 18-State of Emergency on the absentee application for both mail-in and in-person absentee voting
-If you intend to vote absentee by mail, it is important that you request for the application, complete it, and return it to the office as soon as physically possible to receive your ballot in a timely manner. Once you receive your ballot, vote the ballot. It is imperative that the ballot is returned as soon as possible to ensure that its counted.
-If you intend to vote absentee in person, visit your county voter registration office or a satellite absentee location. Please make sure to bring one of the five approved Photo IDs in order to vote. Last day to vote in-person absentee will be Monday, June 8, 2020.
Voters who vote on Election Day
Election officials are taking steps to protect the health of voters and poll managers. Poll managers will receive special Covid-19 training on applying social distancing and maintaining sanitary conditions in the polling place.
Election officials are working to source:
1) Masks, face shields, and gloves for poll managers
2) Sneeze guards for check-in stations
3) Sanitizing wipes for voters and poll managers
4) Hand sanitizer for voters and poll managers
5) Cotton swabs for making selections on the touchscreens
6) Check-in stations and voting equipment will be spaced at least six feet apart
Some polling locations will be relocated or consolidated due to the pandemic. Some facilities have declined to be used and some poll managers declined to serve. Election officials are working to find new locations and recruit new managers; however some voters will vote at a different polling location.
Voters should prepare by:
- Making sure your address is up to date.
- -Bringing your Photo ID (or voter registration card if you do not have a Photo ID)
- -Checking your polling location at SCVOTES.org before going to the polls.
- -Wearing a protective mask if you have one
- -Bringing your own pen for signing the poll list
- -Practicing social distancing by spacing yourself at least six feet apart from others
- -Being patient. We are all in this together.
Requirements to Challenge a Ballot
Poll managers, any voter and any qualified watcher may challenge the vote of a person who may be known or suspected not to be a qualified voter. A challenge may also be made if you have good reason to believe the person has already voted or has become disqualified for any cause. Challenges of ballot cast in person in the absentee precinct and at the polling location on election day must be made prior to the voter casting the ballot. No challenges can be made after that time. All challenges must be addressed to poll managers and not directly to voters. Challenges of absentee by mail ballots must be made prior to separating the ballot from absentee return envelope, which can begin as early as 9am on the day preceding the election. Challenges in the absentee precinct are very rare because the voter has the opportunity to make address changes or otherwise correct his or her voting record with election officials before casting an absentee ballot. If a challenged voter casts a provisional ballot, the challenger must appear or produce evidence at the provisional ballot to sustain the challenge; otherwise, the ballot will be counted. See S.C. Code sections 7-13-810 and 7-13-830.
Important Notice Regarding the June Primary
In order to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Richland County Board of Registration and Elections will enforce what the SC DHEC defines as the 6 feet/10 minute rule. We are taking measures to provide physical barriers and separation while exercising your right to vote.We would also like to encourage the elderly (over 65), disabled or anyone that meets any of the 16 qualifications for absentee voting, to vote by mail-in absentee.You may call the voter registration office (803) 576-2240 and request your application to be mailed to you. If you choose to vote by mail in absentee, do so as soon as possible.
Our office is taking the following steps to help minimize and control the spread of COVID-19 during this elections period:
1) Election officials are taking steps to protect health of voters, poll managers
2) Poll managers – will receive COVID-19 training on applying social distancing and maintaining sanitary conditions in the polling place
3) Election officials are working to source: Masks, face shields, and gloves for poll managers
4) Sneeze guards for check-in stations
5) Sanitizing wipes for voters and poll managers
6) Hand sanitizer for voters and poll managers
7) Cotton swabs for making selections on the touchscreens
8) Check-in stations and voting equipment will be spaced at least six feet apart
Voter should prepare for participating in the Primary by:
1) Making sure you are registered to vote
2) Visit scvotes.org to check to see if you are registered
3) Updating your address if needed
4) Bring your Photo ID and voter registration card
5) Wear a protective mask
6) Bring your own pen for signing the poll list
7) Practice social distancing by spacing yourself at least six feet apart from others
8) Please remaining patient
How to Vote on the New Voter Machines
2020 Filing Fee Schedule
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Important Notice Regarding Voter Outreach
Due to the buildup for the Statewide Primary on June 9th in addition to the projected Statewide Primary Runoff on June 23rd, we will not be able to conduct any outreach during the months of May and June. Normal outreach will resume starting July 8th. If you have any questions, please contact the voter outreach coordinator at 803-576-1517 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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If you wish to access Board of Directors agendas and minutes from previous years, please click this link here.
Important Notice regarding Voter Registration
17 year olds who will turn 18 years old before or the day of the upcoming general election may register to vote before their 18th birthday and can participate in primary elections prior to their 18th birthday.
2020 Hampton Street
Columbia, SC 29204
PO Box 192
Columbia, SC 29202
Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Phone: (803) 576-2240
Fax: (803) 576-1510