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What You Need To Know For South Carolina's Presidential Primary

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The South Carolina presidential primary takes place on Feb. 29.

It's presidential primary season! South Carolina is the fourth state to select its preference for the Democratic presidential candidate – behind Iowa (Feb. 3), New Hampshire (Feb. 11) and Nevada (Feb. 22), and the election is fast approaching. Here's what you need to know.

When Is South Carolina’s Primary?

The South Carolina primary will take place on Feb. 29, 2020 – that’s a Saturday. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

When Is The Deadline To Register To Vote?

The deadline to register to vote in the South Carolina primary is Jan. 30.

How Do I Know If I’m Registered To Vote In The Primary?

You can check here to see if you’re registered to vote and to see what county you’re registered in. (Note: you must be registered in the same county as your polling location. If not, you must cast an absentee ballot. To learn more about absentee voting, click here.)

If you’re not registered to vote, you can register online here, or fill out this form and mail it to your county board of elections.

Where Do I Go To Vote?

Look up your polling location by entering your address here.

What’s New?

There is no Republican primary – state lawmakers canceled that this year to eliminate opposition to President Donald Trump.

Who's On The Ballot?

The Democratic primary will have 14 candidates – though some have officially ended their campaigns. Candidates had to apply to be on the ballot by Dec. 4, and since then, several candidates are no longer actively campaigning.

Candidates on the ballot include:

  • Michael Bennet (has since dropped out)
  • Joe Biden
  • Cory Booker (has since dropped out)
  • Pete Buttigieg
  • Julian Castro (has since dropped out)
  • John Delaney (has since dropped out)
  • Tulsi Gabbard
  • Amy Klobuchar
  • Deval Patrick (has since dropped out)
  • Bernie Sanders
  • Tom Steyer
  • Elizabeth Warren
  • Marianne Williamson (has since dropped out)
  • Andrew Yang (has since dropped out)

To see an example of your sample ballot, click here and enter in your address.