WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, is National Voter Registration Day and to recognize the day and the importance of voting, Congressman Tom Rice (SC-07) released the following statement and registration information.

“Our democracy was carefully designed so that every citizen’s opinion matters and has the power to influence elections,” said Congressman Rice.  “This is your right and it should not be taken for granted.  You may go online to www.scvotes.org or contact our state’s election commission to ensure you are registered to vote today.”

National Voter Registration Day is a non-partisan holiday and sole purpose is to encourage Americans to vote in upcoming elections. The Bipartisan Policy Commission and the Center for the Study of the American Electorate found that 93 million eligible voters did not vote in 2012 elections. National Voter Registration Day seeks to improve turnout numbers by educating citizens.

According to the South Carolina Election Commission, in order to vote, South Carolina law requires one must first register to vote at least 30 days prior to the election. To be eligible to register in South Carolina you MUST:

  • Be a United States citizen -be at least eighteen years old on or before the next election
  • Be a resident of South Carolina, this county and precinct
  • Not be under a court order declaring you mentally incompetent
  • Not be confined in any public prison resulting from a conviction of a crime
  • Have never been convicted of a felony or offense against the election laws OR if previously convicted, have served the entire sentence, including probation or parole, or have received a pardon for the conviction.

There is no length of residency requirement in South Carolina in order to register to vote. To register by mail, the applications must be postmarked at least 30 days prior to that particular election to be eligible.