Elections & Voter Registration
For Immediate Release: February 28, 2014
Interim Elections Director Issues Statement
Following is a statement from Samuel J. Selph, the newly named Interim Director of the Richland County Elections and Voter Registration Office:
I want to thank the Richland County Elections Board for having the confidence in me to step in and lead this office at this very difficult time.
This is Richland County's Election Office. There are few roles more important than the duties and responsibilites of this office.
My first order of businss is to assure the voting public that this office takes the recording and counting of votes cast by the citizens of Richland County as a sacred trust. I also want to assure our staff members that they are a vey able and competent group of professionals. Yes, we have made some mistakes. But they will be corrected.
Everyone is mindful that this is an important election year.
In about two weeks, residents in the Town of Blythewood will head to the polls. The staff is preparing for this election and I want to assure everyone tht it will be conducted smoothly, fairly and efficiently.
For the June primaries, Richland County will have 25 additional precincts. We are working to ensure the required number of voting machines and volunteers are in place at each precinct. Please know we are working to have a system in place on election night to ensure that every vote cast will be counted or accounted for.
We understand that once a trust has been broken, it is very hard to regain that trust. Yes, we have failed the voters of Richland County. And for that, I am deeply sorry and offer my most sincere apologies.
I hope the voters will remember that employees of this office also are voters - and citizens of Richland County. We are your neighbors, your family members, your friends, your church members, your customers - and your public servants.
We seek your continued support and hope we will again earn your trust.
The mission of the Richland County Elections and Voter Registration Office is to ensure federal, state and local elections are conducted timely, responsibly, and with the highest level of professional election standards, accountability, security and integrity, intended to earn and maintain public confidence in the electoral process.
2020 Hampton Street
Columbia, SC 29204
P.O. Box 192
Columbia, SC 29202
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
If there is an upcoming event in which you would like to request Richland County's presence, then please complete this form. In the event you would like to come to one of our already scheduled outreach events, please take a look at our Outreach Calendar. Feel free to contact our office at 803-576-1517, or email email@example.com, if you have any additional questions regarding Outreach.
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To vote in South Carolina you must be registered. To register to vote, you must:
- Be a citizen of the United States of America
- Be a resident of South Carolina, this county and precinct
- Not be under a court declaring you mentally incompetent
- Not be confined in any public prison resulting from a conviction of a crime
- Never been convicted of a felony or offense against the election laws OR, if previously convicted, served your entire sentence including probation or parole or have received a pardon for the conviction
- Claim only one address as legal residence
Applications to vote may be made in person at the Voter Registration Office at 2020 Hampton Street or at voter registration drives throughout the County. Online voter registration is available at www.scvotes.org
. To complete voter registration online, you MUST have a valid driver's license or identification card issued by the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles. Additionally, you may register by completing a mail-in
form and returning it to:
Richland County Board of Elections and Voter Registration
P.O. Box 192
Columbia SC 29202
There is no length of residency requirement in South Carolina in order to register to vote. You can register at any time. You must be registered at least 30 days prior to any election in order to vote in that election. Registration by mail must be postmarked no later than 30 days prior to that particular election to be eligible.
Assistance at Polls
Assistance in marking a ballot is allowed only if the voter is blind, illiterate or physically disabled. A voter entitled to receive assistance may choose anyone to assist except his employer, agent of his employer, or an officer or agent of his union.
If you will be absent from your county of residence on Election Day, you may be eligible to vote by absentee ballot. Determine if you qualify for absentee voting by clicking the Absentee Voting link to your right, or contact the Richland County Elections and Voter Registration office at (803) 576-2240. Absentee ballot applications are available online at www.scvotes.org. To receive your online application, you MUST be able to print your application. Mail it to the Richland County Elections and Voter Registration office, P.O. Box 192, Columbia, SC 29202. Absentee ballots are not available online except to military and overseas citizens. Click the following link to check the status of your Absentee or Provisional Ballot.
If You Move...
If you move within Richland County, complete the change of address form
and mail it to the address above.
If you move from one county to another, contact that county for information on voter Registration. Click SC County Info for a list of SC counties and contact information.
Did You Know?
- For identification to vote in person, you must present one of five types of valid IDs: SC Drivers License, SC ID issued by the SC DMV, voter registration card with photo, Federal military ID, or U.S. passport. If your voter registration card is ever lost or stolen, you may obtain a duplicate, even on election day, from the Voter Registration Office. For updated information on Photo ID, visit www.scvotes.org.
- Husbands and wives cannot vote in the same voting booth.
- Polls open at 7:00am and stay open until 7:00pm.
- You can apply for an absentee ballot for any primary general election as early as January for any calendar year.
- You can find your district legislative delegation (House Member and Senator) contact information here.
- Visit County Council for information on upcoming agendas, meeting schedules, etc.