Register to vote yet? Deadline for 2012 elections is fast approaching

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If you want to get in on all the hot voting action of the 2012 General Election season, then you better get to registering — if you already haven't.

The deadline to register to vote for the November 6 General Election is October 6th. Folks who live in South Carolina can register to vote three ways; in person, by mail, or through the Department of Motor Vehicles. 

If you would like to register to vote, simply print out this form and mail it or or take it in person to your county's Board of Voter Registration (see the list below), or you can go to the closest DMV and fill out your registration there. Don't forget your photo ID, proof of address (usually a utility bill will suffice) and your voter registration card will be mailed to you.

If you're not sure about the status of your registration, check that here.

Here's contact info for each voting office in the tri-county area: 

  • Berkeley: 6 Belt Drive, Moncks Corner
    (843) 719-4056
    Fax (843) 719-4060 
  • Charleston: 4367 Headquarters Road, Charleston
    (843) 744-8683
    Fax (843) 974-6419 
  • Dorchester: 201 Johnston Street, St. George
    (843) 563-0132 or (843) 832-0132
    Fax (843) 563-0186 

You can also use this form to find out where your precinct to vote is.

Not sure if you can vote or not in South Carolina? Here are the basic rules:

  • A citizen of the United States of America 
  • Will be 18 years of age on or before Election day 
  • A resident of South Carolina, this county and precinct 
  • Not under a court declaring me mentally incompetent 
  • Not 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, I have served my entire sentence, including probation or parole, or I have received a pardon for the conviction 
  • And that the address you list is your only legal place of residence, and claim no other place as legal residence.

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