Register, Be Informed, Cast Your Vote
Coastal Carolina University believes in your vote and we want to help you make your voice heard!
View the CDC's Recommendations for Voters
CCU has partnered with TurboVote, a voter registration tool created by Democracy Works, a bipartisan organization dedicated to simplifying the voter registration process and keeping voters informed.
Once you register, be sure to take a picture and tag Chants Vote with #ChantsVote2023.
Already registered? Awesome! TurboVote can still be a helpful tool. Register as a TurboVote user to get updates on important election deadlines and for more information on how, when, and where to cast your vote.
Inform Your Vote
Now that you have registered, how do you decide who to vote for? Check out BallotPedia to view your sample ballot. This site provides the opportunity for you to compare candidate platforms side-by-side to help you choose your preferred candidate. This site will also provide information on local elections, not just on the federal level.
Cast Your Vote
When you register with TurboVote, you will be given information on when, where, and how to cast your vote. This includes absentee voting and voting by mail.
Make a Voting Plan!
The first step is to determine how you will be voting; either at the polls or by mail.
- What time will you be voting?
- Where are you voting?
- How are you getting there?
- Do you need a ride?
- Do you have all the necessary documents to vote?
If you are voting by mail:
- Have you requested your absentee ballot?
- Have you reviewed all of the directions?
- Do you have postage? (if necessary)
- When do you need to send your ballot? (Spoiler alert: as soon as possible)
What NOT to Wear
Under South Carolina's Unlawful Distribution of Campaign Literature law, it is against the law in SC to wear or carry any campaign materials. This includes any visual display of campaign materials (including clothing, hats, buttons, etc.). See South Carolina's full policy HERE.
Many states have similar laws. So, if you are going to the polls, it is best to avoid wearing any promotional garments or accessories.
Do you want to be more involved?
There are three things you can do to get more involved in the 2023 Elections:
- Volunteer. Campaigns always need local volunteers. Research how to support your party and/or candidate through volunteering.
- Join a student organization. CCU has multiple student-led organizations that are politically active and provide an opportunity to learn more.
- Get others to register: tell your friends, classmates, coworkers, or anyone to register. It is as easy at going to ccu.turbovote.org.
Important Dates (Dates Reflect South Carolina Deadlines)
September 17 - Constitution Day
September 19 - National Voter Registration Day
October 7 - Last day to register in person (South Carolina)
October 9 - Last day to register online (South Carolina)
October 11 - Last day to register by mail (postmarked by) (South Carolina)
Absentee Ballot Deadlines
October 28 - Last day to request a ballot by mail. (The mail in ballot request must be received by 10/28 by 5:00 pm)
November 8 - Return ballot by mail (received by) : Nov 8 by 7:00 p.m.
November 8 - Return ballot in person by 7:00 p.m.
October 24 - November 5 - Vote early in South Carolina via Absentee-In-Person
November 8 - In person
Learn more about SC Absentee voting here!