COLUMBIA — The deadline for registering to vote in the Nov. 8 general election has been extended because of Hurricane Matthew.
In a statement released Thursday, the South Carolina State Election Commission announced that “all South Carolina voters will now have more time to return voter registration applications for the 2016 General Election. This will provide additional opportunity for citizens to register who are affected by voter registration office and post office closures related to Hurricane Matthew. Post offices are also closed on Monday, October 10 due to a federal holiday.”
The press release states that the following deadlines apply to all South Carolina voters:
Registration by Mail: Any voter registration by mail application that is postmarked Tuesday, October 11 or earlier will be accepted.
Online Voter Registration: Any online voter registration application submitted by Sunday, October 9 will be accepted (application must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., October 9).
Applications submitted by fax or email: Any faxed or emailed application received by county voter registration offices by Sunday, October 9 will be accepted (application must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., October 9).
In-person applications at county voter registration offices: Voters must register in person no later than Saturday, October 8.
NOTE: Due to Hurricane Matthew, some county voter registration offices are closed through Saturday.
(The Union County Voter Registrar’s Office was not scheduled to be open today. The decision not to have the office open was made prior to the approach of Hurricane Matthew.)
Anyone in the following categories must register in their county of residence by the deadline:
• Anyone who is not currently registered to vote in their county of residence
• Any voter who has moved from one county to another and has not yet registered in their new county
• Any voter who has moved to South Carolina from another state and has not yet registered in South Carolina
This story courtesy of the South Carolina State Election Commission.