South Carolina Surpasses 3 Million Registered Voters

Posted on: Thu, 05/05/2016 - 16:39 By: cwhitmire

Get Registered by May 14 to Vote in State Primaries

COLUMBIA, S.C. (May 5, 2016) - South Carolina's voter registration rolls have grown to more than three million registered voters.  "It's never been easier to register to vote in South Carolina," said Marci Andino, Executive Director of the S.C. State Election Commission.  "With online voter registration, registration by mail, and registration at the Department of Motor Vehicles and other state agencies, South Carolinians have more opportunities than ever to get registered."  South Carolinians are also registering at higher rates than ever before.  More than three quarters (76.5%) of the state's voting age population is registered to vote.

Year

Voting Age Population (18+)

Registered Voters

Percentage Registered

2016

3,937,917

3,011,832

76.5%

2010

3,544,890

2,630,530

74.2%

2000

3,002,371

2,266,199

75.5%

1990

2,570,000

1,354,402

52.7%

 

To help ensure voters are prepared for the June 14 State Primaries, the State Election Commission wants to remind everyone of the upcoming voter registration deadline and urge those already registered to update their information.

TO VOTE IN THE JUNE 14 PRIMARIES, YOU MUST BE REGISTERED BY MAY 14. 

  • If you have moved, make sure you are ready to vote by updating your registration.
  • If you have moved from one county to another, you must register in your new county by May 14 to be eligible to vote.
  • If you've moved within your county or changed your name recently, help ensure a smoother voting process for you and your neighbors by updating your information prior to June 14.

"Having an accurate voter record helps ensure a voter's eligibility to vote in an election," says Executive Director Marci Andino.  "It also reduces the potential for long lines at polling places."

REGISTER or UPDATE YOUR REGISTRATION:

  • Online at scVOTES.org (requires SC Driver's License or DMV ID Card)
  • At your county voter registration and elections office
  • By downloading a voter registration form from scVOTES.org. Complete and return it to your county voter registration and elections office:
    • By mail (postmarked by May 14)
    • By fax (received by May 14)
    • By email attachment (received by May 14)