Voter registration deadline extended to Oct. 17
FLORENCE, S.C. – The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 6 general election has been extended until Wednesday, Oct. 17.
The deadlines to register to vote were originally 5 p.m. on Friday (in-person registration), 11:59 p.m. on Sunday (online, fax, or e-mail), and next Tuesday (mail).
In an consent order dated Tuesday, Judge Robert Hood of the Richland Court of Common Pleas, ruled that the deadline to register to vote must be extended because of the impact of Hurricane Florence. The Richland Court of Common Pleas is in the Fifth Judicial Circuit, which includes Richland and Kershaw Counties.
The order notes that executive orders by Gov. Henry McMaster closed state government offices in 26 counties and declared a state of emergency in South Carolina. The order also notes that the South Carolina Supreme Court declared Sept. 11-17 a statewide holiday for determining deadlines and that several county government offices were also closed due to the storm.
Chris Whitmire, director of public information and training for the South Carolina Election Commission, said Tuesday that many citizens across the state were impacted by the hurricane, and several offices were closed, preventing people from registering to vote. Whitmire also said the order was important to protect the rights of all citizens and that the new deadline applied to prospective voters in all 46 counties.
In South Carolina, prospective voters have multiple options to register to vote: online, by mail, fax, email or by visiting their county board of voter registration.
To register to vote online, visit SCvotes.org and click “Register to Vote” in the middle of the screen, then on the next screen click on “Click here for online voter registration” and follow the prompts on the next few screens. One will need to know his or her driver’s license number, Social Security number and residence address, and on must have a phone number to provide.
Online registration applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17.
To register to vote via mail, fax or email, go to SCvotes.org and “Register to Vote” in the middle of the screen, then click “Download a voter registration form.” Print and fill out, or fill out the form on the computer, then print it, and return the completed form to the county board of voter registration by mail, fax or email. One will need to know his or her driver’s license number, Social Security number and residence address, and one must have a phone number to provide.
The mailing address of the Florence County Board of Voter Registration is 219 Third Loop Road in Florence. The fax number is 843-292-1613. The completed form can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
The form must be received by the voter registration office by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Mailed forms must be postmarked by Wednesday, Oct. 17.
One also can visit the county board of voter registration and fill out a form there. One will need to know his or her driver’s license number, Social Security number and residence address, and one must have a phone number to provide.
The Florence County Board of Voter Registration is scheduled to be open until 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17.
If one has moved, he or she also can update voter registration via the SCvotes.org website after updating the information at the DMV. To change addresses, visit SCvotes.org, click “Register to Vote” in the middle of the screen, then on the next screen click “update your residence address with DMV” and follow the prompts. Once the process with the DMV is complete, return to the register to vote page and click “Click here for online voter registration,” then follow the prompts.