Who May Vote Absentee?
- Registered voters who are outside Anderson County both during the early voting period and on election day during all hours when the polls are open.
- Full-time students and spouses of students enrolled in an accredited college, university or similar accredited institution of learning outside of Anderson County.
- Individuals on the permanent absentee voting register. (Requires a written statement from the person's physician that the voter is medically unable to appear at his/her polling place or to vote early.)
- Residents of certain institutions located outside Anderson County (nursing homes, homes for the aged or similar licensed institutions).
- Persons over 60
- Candidates for office
- Election officials and Election Commission employees
- Individuals observing a religious holiday.
How to Vote Absentee
Requests to vote absentee may be received 90 days before each upcoming election. A voter may mail, fax or e-mail an attachment with the signed request to vote absentee to the Election Commission office. Anyone who registers by mail, must vote in person the first time he or she votes after registering. Your request should include the following information.
- Residence address
- Date of birth
- Social security number
- The address outside the county where the ballot is to be sent, if applicable
- The election you want to vote in
- If the election is a primary, please list your party preference
- Reason for voting absentee
- Your signature
Upon receipt and review of your signed request, the Election Commission office will mail a set of absentee voting supplies to you. After completing the ballot and signing the accompanying affidavit, mail the ballot to the Election Commission.
A request to vote absentee can be accepted up to 7 days prior to the election. Your ballot must be received on or before election day.