How to vote for Bernie Sanders in South Carolina

Register By

January 30 (Thursday)

Primary On

February 29 (Saturday)

South Carolina Primary: February 29, 2020

There is no Republican Primary in South Carolina this year.

It's still very early in the election season, and dates often change. Please sign up below for Voter Alerts in South Carolina and we'll send you an email if the dates change!

South Carolina Voter Information

Get Registered

Good news! Because South Carolina has open primaries, you can vote for Bernie regardless of your registered party. If you want to vote for Bernie, get registered to vote!

Get registered to vote now!

You must be registered by January 30, 2020.

Not sure if you are registered, or what you're registered as? Check your current registration status online.

Go Vote!

Vote on Saturday, February 29, 2020 from 7:00AM-7:00PM

Find your polling place here: https://info.scvotes.sc.gov/eng/voterinquiry/VoterInformationRequest.aspx?PageMode=VoterInfo

Check out the Official 2020 South Carolina Elections Calendar here!

Id Requirement

You must show valid Photo ID at the polling place. The following are accepted:

  • SC Driver’s License
  • SC Department of Motor Vehicles ID Card
  • SC Voter Registration Card with Photo
  • Federal Military ID
  • US Passport
  • More info here: https://www.scvotes.org/voter-faq

Voter Workplace Protection

No laws require companies to give workers time off to vote. But employers cannot discharge a worker because of political opinions or the exercise of political rights and privileges.

Early Voting

Vote Early in South Carolina! South Carolinians can vote in-person before election day! If you'll be out of town on February 29 or simply find it more convenient, vote early!

Early voting in South Carolina begins January 30 and ends on February 28.

You can request an absentee ballot as early as September 15, 2019

Only 17?

You may still vote in South Carolina's primaries if you will be 18 years old by November 3, 2020.

College Students

If you are a college student not living in your home state, you can vote for Bernie in either your home state or in the state in which you are attending school!

Military/Overseas Voters

If you are a Military Voter or a US Citizen living abroad, you are able to request a ballot here to vote for Bernie.

Become a Delegate for Bernie

Willing to go the extra mile to help Bernie get elected? We need 2,373 Bernie supporters to become a Delegate, travel to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and cast their vote for Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention. Interested?

How to become a delegate in South Carolina

South Carolina has 63 delegates 

  • 35 district
  • 12 at large
  • 7 Pledged PLEOs
  • 9 Superdelegates

Superdelegates: Rep. James E. Clyburn, Rep. Joe Cunningham, Gilda Cobb-Hunter, Donald Fowler, Carol K. Fowler, Jaime R. Harrison, Clay Middleton, Lessie Price, Travis Robertson Jr.

Important dates:

Primary: February 29, 2020

Precinct Reorganization Meeting: March 14, 2020

County Democratic Conventions: March 25  – April 7, 2020

Filing deadline to become a District Delegate: April 30, 2020

Filing period to become PLEO or At Large Delegate: April 2-April 30, 2020

State Convention in Columbia: May 30, 2020

Meeting to elect Standing Committee Members and Delegation Chair: June 13, 2020

South Carolina Delegate Selection Plan

This is by far the most complicated process. Take heart, you can do it.

District Delegates (35)

  • Make sure you are a registered Democrat 30 days before the February 29, 2020 primary.
  • Determine the congressional district where you are registered
  • Vote in the Democratic Primary to be eligible
  • Start organizing your friends and supporters to vote for you.
  • Attend Precinct Meeting with your supporters on March 14, 2020 at 10 am. All Democratic voters from the precinct are eligible to attend the Precinct Meeting and vote.
  • Delegates to the County Conventions and Precinct officers are elected at the March 14, 2020 Precinct Meeting.
  • County Conventions are held March 25 – April 7, 2020. Delegates to the County Conventions elect delegates and alternates to the May 30, 2020 State Convention.
  • At the County Convention place your name in nomination to become a Delegate to the State Convention.
  • If elected at the State Convention File a Statement of Candidacy and Pledge of Support for Bernie to place your name in nomination for Congressional District Delegate by April 30, 2020. File the forms at South Carolina Democratic Party, Attn: Convention Delegate, PO Box 5965, Columbia, SC 29250 or scan and email to [email protected]
  •  District Delegates are elected at the State Convention on May 30, 2020 (PLEO and At Large are also elected at the State Convention.)
  • Attend the June 13, 2020 meeting at 11 am to elect the Standing Committee members and Delegation Chair.

At Large Delegates (12) At Large Alternate Delegates (5)

  • If you did not get elected as a District delegate you can try to become an At Large Delegate or an Alternate delegate if you qualified as a delegate or alternate to the State Convention.
  • File a Statement of Candidacy and Pledge of Support for Bernie to place your name in nomination for At Large Delegate or At Large Alternate by April 30, 2020.
  • You must collect 10 Bernie Delegate signatures on a petition.  Delegates can sign only one petition OR pay a nonrefundable $50 filing fee (check or money order) with your forms
  • File the forms at South Carolina Democratic Party, Attn: Convention Delegate, PO Box 5965, Columbia, SC 29250 or scan and email to [email protected]
  • At-Large and Alternate delegates are elected on May 30, 2020 by the entire State Convention caucus of Bernie supporters.
  • Attend the June 13, 2020 meeting at 11 am to elect the Standing Committee members and Delegation Chair.

PLEO Delegates (7)

You have to be eligible to be a PLEO delegate. PLEOs are eligible according to the following priority: big city mayors and state-wide elected officials (to be given equal consideration); state legislative leaders, state legislators, and other state, county and local elected officials and party leaders. Help Bernie by encouraging qualified Bernie supporting people to file to become PLEO delegates.

  • File a Statement of Candidacy and Pledge of Support for Bernie to place your name in nomination for At Large Delegate or At Large Alternate by April 30, 2020.
  • File the forms at South Carolina Democratic Party, Attn: Convention Delegate, PO Box 5965, Columbia, SC 29250 or scan and email to [email protected]
  • PLEO delegates are elected on May 30, 2020 by the entire State Convention caucus of Bernie supporters.
  • Attend the June 13, 2020 meeting at 11 am to elect the Standing Committee members and Delegation Chair.

Standing Committee (6) and Delegation Chair

6 Standing Committee members (2 each on the Credentials, Platform and Rules committees) and the Delegation Chair are elected by a quorum of South Carolina’s National Convention Delegates on June 13, 2020. You don’t have to be a delegate or alternate to be elected.

Convention Pages (2)

Convention Pages are selected by the State Democratic Chair before June 13, 2020.

If you have questions contact the South Carolina Democratic Party.

More Information

If you have any questions about voting in South Carolina you may contact your state official elections office or Democratic party.

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