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Voting in Charleston on Election Day
Tomorrow is the big day — aka Election Day — and we’ve done the Googling so you don’t have to. To make this election day as easy as possible, we’ve curated need-to-know information about how and where to vote, along with what we’re voting on. 👇
Are you registered?
First things first, make sure you’re eligible + registered to vote.
Find your polling location
Charleston County polling locations will be open on Tues., Nov. 2 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you’re unsure where to go, you can request voter information that provides your registration status + polling location. You’ll be required to show a photo ID.
Voting absentee? Completed ballots must have been mailed in by Fri., Oct. 29 to be counted. Today is the last day for in-person absentee voting at the Charleston County Board of Elections office in North Charleston from 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. No application is required for in-person absentee voting.
Looking for COVID-19 safety information? Find coronavirus updates from the South Carolina Election Commission here.
What are we voting on?
In the City of Charleston, you’ll be voting for city council seats and a commissioners seat at Charleston Public Works.
There are seven district seats up for election within the City of Charleston + one board of commissioners seat for Charleston Public Works. Other Charleston County municipalities — including Mount Pleasant, Isle of Palms, and Summerville — will vote for local leaders this year. To identify your district, check out these interactive maps + resources, then use your district to identify your candidates.
You can also identify your voting district by checking your voter registration status or sample ballot. Find information on how congressional and state legislative district boundaries are established here.