Witness Signature Required now for Mail-In Absentee Ballots


South Carolinians voting absentee by mail must now have their signatures on ballot return envelopes witnessed. The United States Supreme Court late recently 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.

The general election will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 3.
If your were planning to vote, and haven’t registered, you have missed your opportunity.
Any person wishing to register to vote in the November General election or any local election being held the same day, must have registered no later than October, 2.