WELCOME to the website of the League of Women Voters of Georgetown County. We are proud to have been active within this coastal community since 1981. Our continued focus on voting rights, voter education, open access to government and on issues of public concern have strengthened our reputation as a respected and effective participant in the American political process.
In an era when the political process is all too often driven by special interests, the League's advocacy is an essential element to promote the voice of democracy. Add your voice to ours: "Democracy works when people claim it as their own." (Bill Moyers - The Nation, Jan. 22, 2007).
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy. We are political, but nonpartisan. We never support or oppose any political party or candidate. Membership is open to all. Current dues are $55 a year, most of which is paid to the state and national League of Women Voters. We have some funds available to assist with dues for those of modest means.
OF GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC
Contact the League or ask a question
Or mail to P.O. Box 18, Georgetown SC 29442
We usually meet on the third Monday of each month, September through May and sometimes in summer, at 11:30 a.m. at Applewood Pancake House in Litchfield. Feel free to join us. Because of virus considerations, meetings are not definite at this time.
Use this website for information on how and where to register to vote, under the voter registration and elections tab.
Find who your elected public servants are and how to contact them under the elected public servants tab.
Everything you need to know to file for an absentee ballot
Absentee voting is now available to anyone.
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.
Absentee In Person
Step 1: Voting absentee in person begins Oct. 5. Visit the county voter registration office at 303 N. Hazard St. in Georgetown, near the Goodwill store.
Step 2: Complete an application. You will need your ID.
Step 3. Cast your ballot.
You may vote absentee in person up until 5 p.m. on the day before the election. Rules for photo ID required to vote at the polling place apply.
Absentee By Mail
Step 1: Get your application.
Get the application online at scvotes.gov. You must be able to print your application.
Call or email the county voter registration office. You will be mailed an application.
Georgetown County Voter Registration, 303 N. Hazard St., Georgetown SC 29440; (843) 545-3339, firstname.lastname@example.org
Who Can Request an Application
A voter or a member of a voter's immediate family (spouse, parents, children, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandchildren, mothers-in-law, fathers-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, sons-in-law, and daughters-in-law).
An authorized representative on behalf of a voter who has an illness or disability. An authorized representative must be a registered voter and complete the Authorized Representative Form. Candidates and paid campaign workers may not serve as authorized representatives.
Voters admitted to the hospital as an emergency patient on the day of the election or within four days of the election can have an immediate family member apply and carry a ballot to the voter.
Step 2: Complete, sign and return the application to the county voter registration office as soon as possible but no later than 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24.
An authorized representative acting on behalf of a voter who is unable to go the polls due to an illness or disability may return the application by 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30. You may return the application by email, mail, fax, or personal delivery.
Step 3: Receive your absentee ballot in the mail. Voters who have applied early will be mailed their absentee ballot approximately 30 days before the election.
Step 4: Vote and return the ballot to the county voter registration office by 7 p.m. on Nov. 3. either by mail, personal delivery or authorized returnee.
Place the ballot in the "ballot here-in" envelope and place the "ballot here-in" envelope in the return envelope. Be sure to sign the voter's oath and have your signature witnessed. Anyone can witness your signature. A notary is not necessary. NOTE: On Friday, Sept. 18, a federal court ordered that a witness signature not be required.The state is appealing that decision, so to ensure that your vote is counted, the best advice is to continue to make sure you get a witness signature of your voter's oath.
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.
For personal delivery, take it to the elections office during business hours. The legislation disallowed the use of drop boxes either during the daytime or after hours. 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. You are advised NOT to give your ballot to anyone you do not personally know. The voter and Returnee must complete the Authorization to Return Absentee Ballot form. The Returnee must present the form when returning the ballot.
Who Can Vote Absentee
In addition to anyone claiming the emergency rule, these are the reasons:
Members of the Armed Forces
Members of the Merchant Marine
Spouses and dependents residing with members of the Armed Forces or Merchant Marine
Persons serving with the American Red Cross or with the United Service Organizations (USO) who are attached to and serving with the Armed Forces outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them
Citizens residing overseas
Persons who are physically disabled (includes illnesses and injuries)
Students attending school outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them
Persons who for reasons of employment will not be able to vote on election day
Government employees serving outside their county of residence on Election Day and their spouses and dependents residing with them
Persons who plan to be on vacation outside their county of residence on Election Day
Persons serving as a juror in state or federal court on Election Day
Persons admitted to the hospital as emergency patients on Election Day or within a four-day period before the election
Persons with a death or funeral in the family within three days before the election
Persons confined to a jail or pre-trial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial
Persons attending sick or physically disabled persons
Certified poll watchers, poll managers, and county election officials working on Election Day
Persons sixty-five years of age or older
Persons who for religious reasons do not want to vote on a Saturday (Presidential Primaries Only)
Coronavirus: Voting by absentee ballot avoids crowding at the election precincts. For voting absentee in person at the elections office, special precautions will be in place that include providing a swab for voters to touch the screen with instead of their fingers, and masks and gloves for poll managers.
Important note: Below are the deadlines for voter registration for November elections:
In person by Oct. 2, 5 p.m. Online (scvotes.gov), fax or email by 11:59 p.m. Oct. 4, or postmarked Oct. 5. If you have moved, even in the county, update your registration!
Only the last four digits of a Social Security number are needed for new voter registrations.
Informative presentations for your group or club
Do you wonder if your vote really counts? Is it worth the trouble? Is the way districts are drawn affecting the power of our vote? Is the electoral college robbing our vote of the power it should have? Our League has three easy to understand Powerpoint presentations on these topics we will gladly present to any local group that requests it. Just email the webmaster, below.