Witness signature requirement reinstated for mail-in absentee ballots in SC

Ballots received through Oct. 7 will still be accepted without a witness signature

Witness signature requirement reinstated for mail-in absentee ballots in SC
(Source: Morgan Newell, WBTV)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - South Carolinians voting absentee by mail must now have witness signatures on ballots after the United States Supreme Court late Monday, Oct. 5 reinstated the requirement.

Per the court’s order, ballots already received by county officials before this reinstatement and through Oct. 7 will be counted with or without a witness signature.

To ensure that your absentee by mail ballot is counted after the deadline voters must do the following:

  • Sign the voter’s oath on the ballot return envelope
  • Have a witness sign and provide address. Any other person can be a witness.
  • Return your ballot before 7 p.m. on Nov. 3. Ballots can be returned in person or by mail.

You should mail your ballot as soon as possible and at least a week before election day to allow time for delivery before the Nov. 3 deadline.

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