Voter Registration and Elections

The Edgefield County Voter Registration and Elections Office processes and updates all information related for our voters. The County’s files are part of an internal interactive statewide computerized voter registration database. This database serves as one source for selection of jurors in the city and county; it further provides the information used for all elections.

The department trains all election personnel, provides election materials, and performs all technical functions on the electronic voting machines for Edgefield County elections. These elections include federal, state, county-wide offices, school district trustees, municipal and special elections. The department educates the public about the election process and encourages the public to participate in all elections.

We also coordinate the activities of the County Board of Voter Registration and Election Commission members. Our office is dedicated to the principle and the importance of each citizen’s right to register, and once registered, their right to vote in a fair and unbiased process.

 

Edgefield County Voters

Attention Edgefield County voters: 

Absentee Voting is available at 210 Penn Street Suite 1 Edgefield, SC 29824 on;

October 5, 2020 – November 2, 2020

8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday

Saturday October 31, 2020

9:00 am – 1:00 pm

We are receiving absentee ballot application request by email, mail, online, fax and by phone.  We encourage ALL who qualify for Absentee to use the by mail process for obtaining your ballot.  Anyone with questions can contract the office at 803-637-4072

 

When requesting your absentee please include the following information along with your request:

Name

Physical Address

Absentee Application Address

Birth Date

Voter registration number

Political Party you would like to vote in:  Democratic or Republican for Primary

 

Persons qualified to vote by absentee ballot:

  • Members of the Armed Forces or Merchant Marine serving outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them (click here for additional information)
  • Persons serving with the American Red Cross or with the United Service Organizations (USO) who are attached to and serving with the Armed Forces outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them
  • Overseas Citizens (click here for additional information)
  • Persons who are physically disabled (includes illnesses and injuries)
  • Students attending school outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them
  • Persons who for reasons of employment will not be able to vote on election day
  • Government employees serving outside their county of residence on Election Day and their spouses and dependents residing with them
  • Persons who plan to be on vacation outside their county of residence on Election Day
  • Persons serving as a juror in state or federal court on Election Day
  • Persons admitted to the hospital as emergency patients on Election Day or within a four-day period before the election
  • Persons with a death or funeral in the family within three days before the election
  • Persons confined to a jail or pre-trial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial
  • Persons attending sick or physically disabled persons
  • Certified poll watchers, poll managers, and county election officials working on Election Day
  • Persons sixty-five years of age or older
  • Persons who for religious reasons do not want to vote on a Saturday (Presidential Primaries Only)

  Thank you in advance.

NOTICE OF ELECTION

 STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA                                                                                 Edgefield 

The General Election for federal, state, county, school board 3,4,5,7 and other local offices will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Any person wishing to vote in this election must register no later than Sunday, October 4, 2020. Voter registration by mail forms will be accepted if postmarked by Monday, October 5, 2020.  In addition to regular business hours, the Edgefield County Voter Registration and Elections Office will be open on Saturday, October 31, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for in-person absentee voting.

Voters will be asked to provide one of the following Photo IDs at their polling place:

  • S.C. Driver’s License
  • ID Card issued by S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles
  • S.C. Voter Registration Card with Photo
  • Federal Military ID
  • U.S. Passport

If you have one of these IDs, you are ready to vote.  Voters should remember to bring one of these IDs with them to the polling place.  Voters without Photo ID can get one free of charge from the Department of Motor Vehicles or their county voter registration office.  Voters who encounter an obstacle to getting a Photo ID should bring their paper voter registration card without a photo to their polling place.  These voters can then sign an affidavit swearing to their identity and to their obstacle to obtaining a Photo ID and vote a provisional ballot.  This ballot will count unless the county board of voter registration and elections has grounds to believe the affidavit is false.  For more information on Photo ID, visit scVOTES.org or contact your county board of voter registration and elections.

At 9:00 a.m. on June 9, the County Board of Voter Registration and Elections will begin its examination of the absentee ballot return envelopes at Edgefield County Voter Registration Office, 210 Penn Street, Suite 1, Edgefield, SC 29824. (803) 637-4072.

At 9:00 a.m.  on June 11, the County Board of Canvassers will hold a hearing to determine the validity of all provisional ballots cast in this election.  This hearing will be held at Edgefield County Voter Registration Office, 210 Penn Street, Suite 1, Edgefield, SC 29824 (803)637-4072.

The following precincts and polling places will be open during the primaries and runoffs from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.  Polling locations are subject to change due to the potential unavailability of some locations due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Always check your polling place at scVOTES.org before any election.

Voting Precinct Location Change

Brunson Precinct Change

The Voter Registration and Election Commission have found it necessary to relocate the Brunson Polling Precinct to the China Grove Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 507 N Martintown Road, Edgefield, SC 29824.  The voting precinct was moved to better accommodate voters.

New voter registration cards were mailed to all Brunson voters informing the voters of the change.  The new voter registration cards will list the new polling location information.  If additional information is needed, please feel free to contact the Voter Registration Office at 803-637-4072.

You are qualified to vote in Edgefield County if you meet the following requirements:

  • You are a US Citizen
  • You are eighteen (18) years old
  • You are a legal resident of Edgefield County
  • You have not been declared mentally incompetent by a court of law
  • You are not currently serving a sentence for a felony conviction
  • You have not been convicted of a felony or offense against the election
    laws, or if previously convicted, have served the entire sentence, including
    probation or parole, or have received a pardon for the conviction

Change of Address

If a voter moves to this county from another county in South Carolina, they must re-register.

If a voter moves from one precinct to another precinct within Edgefield County, they must change their address with the Voter Registration Office. This may be accomplished by using any one of the following options:

  • Fill in the back of your voter registration card with the new information and mail it to us at 210 Penn Street, Suite 1, Edgefield, SC 29824
  • Call our office at 803-637-4072 and we will mail you a change of address form.
  • You may also fill out the necessary forms at the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Department of Social Services, or the Department of Public Health.

We do not register by Political Party in South Carolina.

Absentee Voting

The Cut-Off for absentee In-Office voting is 5:00 PM the day prior to any election.

Any registered voter, who meets one of the fifteen (15) reasons that are allowed by law, can vote by absentee ballot. The most common reasons are:

  • Persons age 65 or older
  • Persons on vacation
  • Physically disabled persons
  • Members of the Armed Forces, Merchant Marines, American Red Cross, US Government employees, their spouses and dependents residing with them
  • Students, their spouses, and dependents residing with them, who are away at school
  • Employees who will be away because of employment on Election Day
  • Persons attending the sick or physically disabled
  • Certified poll workers, poll managers, and poll watchers

You may apply for absentee ballots as early as January 1st for any or all election(s) held during that same year.

Applications for absentee voting can be requested by the voter in person, via telephone, or email vote.edgefield@elections.sc.gov you may also mail in a written request. However, all written requests must be in our office four (4) business days prior to an election.

Once the application is returned by the voter, and the ballot has been finalized, the ballot will be mailed.

If you come to the office to apply for an application, and the ballots are ready (normally 60 days before an election), you can vote at the same time, if you desire.

A voter’s immediate family member, or an authorized representative of the voter, can request an absentee ballot application for the voter, at the request of the voter. Call the Edgefield County Voter Registration Office for further details.

Your completed ballot must be placed in the “Ballots Herein” envelope that will be in the packet you receive. The “Ballots Herein” envelope must be placed in the return envelope. The return envelope must be signed by you and witnessed by someone else before it is returned. ANYONE CAN BE YOUR WITNESS. If the return envelope is not signed and witnessed, YOUR BALLOT WILL BE CHALLENGED AND ACCORDING TO SC LAW CANNOT BE COUNTED. The ballot can then be mailed or delivered to the office.

If someone else returns a ballot to us, other than the voter, the absentee voter must complete the “Authorization to Return Absentee Ballot” form. The absentee voter will complete Part I, and the person returning the ballot will complete Part II. The form should not be sealed in the ballot envelope.

The absentee voter will complete Part I, and the person returning the ballot will complete Part II of the Form.

The ballot MUST be returned to the Edgefield County Voter Registration Office no later than the close of polls (7pm) on Election Day in order to be counted.

 

You May Register to Vote at the following locations:

  • The Edgefield Voter Registration Office, 210 Penn Street, Suite 1, Edgefield, SC 29824.
  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Department of Social Services
  • Department of Public Health
  • A mail form can be obtained at the following link: Click here.
  • You may also call the Voter Registration Office at 803-637-4072 and we will mail you the proper form.

You can register at any time. You must be registered at least thirty (30) days prior to any election in order to vote in that election. Mail applications must be postmarked at least thirty (30) days prior to an election to qualify to vote in that election.

Once a person has registered to vote, they do not have to re-register. However, if you fail to vote in two (2) general election cycles, the state may make your registration inactive.

Should you lose, misplace, or accidentally destroy your voter registration card, a duplicate card is available upon request at no charge.

Handicapped Voters

Assistance  in marking a ballot is allowed, if the voter is blind, illiterate, physically handicapped, or because of age. If you need assistance, you may choose anyone, except an employer, an agent of an employer, or an officer or agent of your union.

If your precinct is not handicapped accessible, you may vote curbside at your precinct. This service is available for voters who cannot stand in line because of a disability.

You may also vote by absentee ballot

Failsafe Voting

Failsafe voting is a terminology used when a voter has moved and not changed their address with the Voter Registration Office.

Failsafe voting can be conducted in two different ways.

During major elections, the voter can fill out a change of address form, at their old precinct, and vote a limited federal, statewide, and countywide ballot only.

If the voter would prefer to vote a full ballot, it will be necessary to come to our office, so we can change your address and establish your new election districts.

There are special failsafe regulations for each type of election that may exclude you from voting failsafe at the precinct.

FAILSAFE VOTING IS ALLOWED AT OUR OFFICE FOR ALL ELECTIONS UNTIL 7:00 PM ON THE DAY OF THE ELECTION

Elected Offices in Edgefield County

In addition to Federal and State elections, the County conducts/oversees elections for the following:

  • Senate -4 year terms-Nov.-even years
  • House of Representatives- -2 year terms-Nov.-even years
  • Solicitor-4 year term-Nov. even years
  • Probate Judge-4 year term-Nov.-even years
  • Sheriff-4 year terms-Nov.-even years
  • Clerk of Court-4 year term-even years
  • Coroner-4 year term-Nov.-even years
  • Edgefield County Council -5 districts -2 year terms-. even years
  • Edgefield Mayor & City Council
  • Edgefield County School Board Commissioners 7 districts-2 year staggered terms-Nov. even years.
  • Treasurer 4 year term-Nov. even years
  • Auditor 4 year term-Nov. even years
  • Johnston Mayor & City Council
  • Trenton Mayor & City Council
  • Soil and Water Commissioner-petition
  • Watershed Directors

ELECTION INFORMATION

Your precinct and the location are listed on your voter registration card. If you lose your card, call us and we can tell you what precinct you are assigned to.

The polls are open from 7AM to 7PM on Election Day.

Voters must present one of the following forms of identification in order to vote:

– Edgefield SC issued voter registration card
– Valid South Carolina driver’s license (correct address)
– Picture identification card issued by the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, (DMV).

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Phone: (803) 637-4000, Fax: (803) 637-4056.

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