Facts on the Forms of Government (This brochure was produced by the League of Women Voters of the Columbia Area.)
Forms of Local Government (This presentation was produced by the Municipal Association of South Carolina.)
Voter's Registration: To vote in South Carolina you must be registered. The online voter registration is available at www.scvotes.org.
Absentee Voting: To vote absentee, you must be a registered voter and meet one of the fifteen (15) criteria.
Voter ID Law (Printer friendly version ): State law requires you to provide a photo ID at the polls. Free Photo IDs are provided at the Department of Motor Vehicles and the Richland County Voter Registration Office.
Failsafe Voting: Failsafe voting is designed to allow registered voters of Richland County (and two precincts in Lexington*) who have moved into the City of Columbia, but failed to update their address, to update their address on Election Day and vote.
Student Voting: College Students may register to vote where they reside while attending college. Students can use the following documents as proof of residency:
Many college students who live on campus receive their mail at a campus post office box. These students must register at the physical address of their dormitory. The student's P.O. Box can be provided for mailing and contact purposes.
Polling Locations: Please verify your polling location prior to an election.