Horry County is expecting so many people to vote absentee, the election office is opening a second location to accommodate demand.
In the 2008 General Election, approximately 13,000 ballots were cast by absentee voting, either through the mail or in-person, according to county spokesperson Lisa Bourcier. And they're expecting about the same this year.
Those who choose to to vote absentee in-person can go to the primary location at the Horry County Voter Registration and Elections office, 1515 Fourth Avenue in Conway, or the second location, in the atrium of the Horry County Government & Justice Center, 1301 Second Avenue in Conway.
In-person absentee voting at the Horry County Government & Justice Center will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., from October 22 through November 2. In-person absentee voting will continue at the Horry County Registration & Elections Office through November 5.
You may vote absentee in-person up until 5 p.m. on the day before the election.
The county reminds you, as on Election Day, voters must show a voter's registration card, driver's license, or a picture ID issued from the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Residents who have not voted since 2007 or who have an incorrect address on their voter registration card, will be required to visit the Horry County Registration & Elections Office in order to vote an absentee ballot in-person.
- Persons qualified to vote by absentee ballot:
- Persons who will be on vacation outside their county of residence on Election Day
- Members of the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine, and their spouses and dependents residing with them
- Persons who, for reasons of employment, will not be able to vote on election day
- Physically disabled persons
- Persons sixty-five years of age or older
- Persons serving as a juror in state or federal court on Election Day
- Persons admitted to the hospital as emergency patients on day of election or within a four-day period before the election (Please contact the Horry County Registration & Elections Office for specific instructions.)
- Persons with a death or funeral in the family within three days before the election
- Persons confined to a jail or pre-trial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial
- Persons attending sick or physically disabled persons
- Certified poll watchers, poll managers, and county election officials working on Election Day
Procedures for voting by absentee ballot:
Qualified voters may vote absentee in-person or by mail.
By Mail -
Step 1: Get an absentee application in one of two ways:
Get the application online. To get your application online, you must be able to print your application or save your application for printing later. You can only get your application online once. Request an application from your county voter registration office by phone, mail, email, or fax. You will be mailed an application.
Step 2: Once you have printed your application online or received your application in the mail, you must now complete and sign the application and return it to the Registration & Elections Office. You should return the application as soon as possible but no later than 5 p.m. Friday, November 2. You may return the application by mail, email, fax, or personal delivery.
Step 3: You will be mailed an absentee ballot.
Step 4: Vote the ballot following ballot instructions and return it to the Registration & Elections Office by 7 p.m. on November 6. You may return the ballot personally or by mail. You may also have another person return the ballot for you, but you must first complete an authorization to return absentee ballot form, available from the Registration & Elections Office.