How to submit an absentee ballot

Photo courtesy of info.scvotes.sc.govPhoto courtesy of info.scvotes.sc.gov

As college students, it is hard to get out and vote. Many of us live at least an hour away, if not more. Others do not even live in South Carolina.

Election day is November 8, the middle of a school week making it impossible for many college students to get home and cast their vote. This causes many students to just decide to opt out of voting, which is detrimental to democracy.

Youth voter turnout is at an all time low, and one way to combat this is to send in an absentee vote. As a student away at school, you meet the eligibility of someone who can cast an absentee vote.

It is not very hard to do, however, many students do not know how to do it. So here are the steps that it takes to send in an absentee ballot and get your voice heard!

1.Request an absentee ballot application

In South Carolina, you can request an absentee ballot online at https://info.scvotes.sc.gov/eng/voterinquiry/VoterInformationRequest.aspx?PageMode=AbsenteeRequest or you can call, email, or fax your county voter registration office to have one sent to you. This differs from state to state, some other states allow you to download the form from online. If you live out of state, you can find your absentee request form by googling “absentee ballot [your state].”

2..Fill out the application

After you get the absentee ballot request form it is time to fill it out. Don’t forget to note that you are voting in the November 8 election and the reason you are requesting an absentee ballot.

3.Submit your application

You can mail, fax, or scan and email the form to your local county voter registration office. It has to be received by 5 p.m. on November 4.

4.Fill out your ballot and send it in

When your application gets accepted and you get the ballot it, fill out both the ballot and the return envelope and mail it. It needs to be received no later than 7 p.m. on election day for your vote to count.

All it takes is four easy steps to get your voice heard this election; get online and get your absentee ballot in!

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