COLUMBIA, SC (WCBD) – The State Election Commission said on Monday almost 1 million eligible South Carolina residents have not yet registered to vote ahead of the upcoming General Election in November.
Election officials say postcards are being mailed to approximately 950,000 residents across the state, encouraging them to register by October 17th.
The postcard distribution was planned as part of South Carolina’s recent membership in the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), an organization operated by member states which uses motor vehicle, voter registration, and Social Security Administration data to improve the accuracy of voter registration lists.
To join, member states are required to reach out by mail to residents who are likely eligible but not registered to let them know how and when to register to vote.
“While the mailing was already planned, the timing was fortunate in that it allows us to directly notify unregistered citizens that the voter registration deadline has been extended to October 17,” said Marci Andino, Executive Director of the S.C. State Election Commission in a press release. “We want every eligible person in South Carolina to have the opportunity to register by October 17.”
Leaders said it is possible that some voters who are already registered may receive the card. If that happens, do not be alarmed.
The card invites any voter who believes they are registered to check their registration online at scvotes.org or by calling their county voter registration office.
Meanwhile, absentee voting is underway in South Carolina. If you will be unable to make it to the polls on November 6th, you are encouraged to call or stop by your county voter registration office to obtain an absentee ballot. Those must be turned in or postmarked by November 5th, 2018.