New AIKEN County Absentee Rules for the 2020 General Election
H.5305/R.149, signed into law on September 16, 2020, made significant changes to absentee voting rules for the November 3, 2020 General Election.
- All voters are now qualified to vote absentee under the “State of Emergency” reason.
- “State of Emergency” does not apply to any other election.
- Deadline to apply for an absentee by mail ballot:
- Applications for absentee-by-mail ballots must be received by the voter registration office by 5:00 p.m., Saturday, October 24
- An Authorized Representative acting on behalf of a voter who is unable to go to the polls due to an illness or disability may return the application by 5:00 p.m., Friday, October 30.
How to Vote Absentee in the 2020 General Election
Step 1: Visit Aiken county voter registration office or extension office.
- Begins Monday, October 5.
- Ends 5:00 p.m., Monday, November 2.
Step 2: Complete an application.
Step 3. Cast your ballot.
Step 1: Get your application (available now).
Get the application online. You must be able to print your application.
- A member of a voter’s immediate family or Authorized Representative can also request the application (see Authorized Representative below).
Step 2: Complete, sign and return the application to AIKEN county voter registration office.
- Return by mail, email, fax or personal delivery.
- Return as soon as possible and no later than 5:00 p.m., Saturday, October 24.
- An Authorized Representative must return the application by 5:00 p.m., Friday, October 30 (see Authorized Representative below).
Step 3: Receive your absentee ballot in the mail.
Step 4: Vote and return the ballot to AIKEN county voter registration office or extension office.
- Be sure to sign the voter’s oath and have your signature witnessed.
- Return your ballot either by mail, personal delivery or authorized returnee (see Authorized Returnee below).
- Your ballot must be received by 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3.
- If returning your ballot by mail, mail it as soon as possible, preferably a week before election day, to help ensure timely delivery.
- You can check the status of your absentee ballot at scVOTES.gov.
- An Authorized Representative (Representative) is a registered voter who acts on behalf of a voter who is unable to go to the polls because of either:
- An illness or disability resulting in the voter’s confinement in a hospital, sanatorium, nursing home, or place of residence; or
- A handicap rendering the voter unable to vote at his polling place due to existing architectural barriers that deny him physical access to the polling places, voting booth, or voting apparatus or machinery.
- Candidates and paid campaign workers may not serve as a Representative except for immediate family members.
- A Representative must complete the Authorized Representative form.
- A Representative may:
- Request a voter’s application.
- Return the application through 5:00 p.m., Friday, October 30.
- The ballot will be mailed to the voter.
- An Authorized Returnee (Returnee) is a person who can be authorized by any voter to return the voter’s absentee by mail ballot.
- Candidates and paid campaign workers may not serve as a Returnee except for immediate family members.
- The voter and Returnee must complete the Authorization to Return Absentee Ballot form. The Returnee must present the form when returning the ballot.