Voter Registration

Location: 109 Ella St.
Mailing Address: PO Box 580, Chester, SC 29706
Phone: (803) 385-2562
Fax: (803) 581-2696
Hours: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday

Director: Terry Graham –
Deputy Director: Karen Roach -

To access information about upcoming elections, candidates, and registration, as well as election results, please go to (South Carolina State Election Commission) 

Beginning January 1, 2013, you will be asked to show one of the following Photo IDs at your polling place:

  • S.C. Driver's License
  • ID Card issued by S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles
  • S.C. Voter Registration Card with Photo
  • Federal Military ID
  • U.S. Passport


If you do not currently have one of the Photo IDs above, you can make your voting experience as fast and easy as possible by getting one free of charge:

  • Registered voters can get a voter registration card with a photo from their county voter registration and elections office by simply providing their date of birth and the last four digits of their Social Security Number.  Click here to learn how to register to vote.
  • Get a DMV ID card at a local DMV office. Check with DMV or for required documents.


If you have a reasonable impediment to obtaining Photo ID, you may vote a provisional ballot after showing your non-photo voter registration card.  A reasonable impediment is any valid reason, beyond your control, which created an obstacle to obtaining Photo ID.  Some examples include:

  • Religious objection to being photographed
  • Disability or illness
  • Work schedule
  • Lack of transportation
  • Lack of birth certificate
  • Family responsibilities
  • Election within short time frame of implementation of Photo ID law (January 1, 2013)
  • Any other obstacle you find reasonable

To vote under the reasonable impediment exception:

1.    Present your current, non-photo registration card at the polling place

2.    Sign an affidavit stating why you could not obtain a Photo ID

3.    Cast a provisional ballot that will be counted unless the county election commission has reason to believe your affidavit is false.

If you do NOT have Photo ID and do NOT have a reasonable impediment to obtaining one, or you simply forgot to bring it with you to the polls, you may still vote a provisional ballot.  However, for your vote to be counted, you must provide one of the Photo IDs to the county election commission prior to certification of the election (usually Thursday or Friday after the election).

Responsibilities and Services

  • Reports to the Chester County Board of Voter Registration and Election Commission.
  • Supervises, plans and directs the activities of the department of Voter Registration in order to ensure the proper administration and provision of efficient Voter and Election services. Plans and directs all Voter Registration functions, coordinates Election procedures in Chester County to ensure secure, fair and impartial election of public officials. Supervises clerical staff and volunteers, reviews work of subordinates for completeness and accuracy.
  • Read maps for all redistricting, County Council, Senator, School Board, House of Representative and Congressional seats and checks for accuracy within the computer system.
  • Register voters, making sure they are in correct districts and precincts and entering information in computer system.
  • Continually stays updated on changes with Voting and Election laws by attending conferences, seminars and continuing education classes.
  • Make Absentee Voting available for those who are unable to vote on election day.
  • Process Voter Registration Cards.

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