Absentee By Mail

No excuse is needed to vote an absentee ballot by mail. Following are the steps to vote an absentee ballot by mail.

Step 1


Absentee voting by mail begins 60 days before a General Election, 50 days before a Primary Election and 30 days prior to a Municipal Election. If a second Primary is necessary absentee ballots will be available as quickly as possible after the ballot information for the election has been determined. Requests must be received in the Scotland County Board of Elections office by 5 p.m. on the Tuesday before the election.

Step 2


Either obtain an Absentee Ballot Application (PDF) online or from the County Board of Elections office.

Note - the State Board of Elections approved absentee request is the only one that is acceptable by law. Also, note if requested by a near relative, they must state their relationship to you, their address, and they must sign it. If it is for a primary, state your party affiliation.

Step 3


Upon receipt of the application, fill it out completely. Make sure you fill it out correctly and it is signed by the voter, near relative, or verifiable legal guardian. In primary elections you must state your party affiliation. If you send in or drop off a request, make certain to include your name, home address, and address where you want the ballot mailed. If it is requested by a near relative, they must state their relationship to you, their address, and they must sign it. If it is for a primary, state your party affiliation. Once the application is received and checked, a ballot will be mailed to you.

Step 4


After receiving your ballot, vote the ballot in secret. Insert the ballot in the envelope, fill out the envelope completely and sign it. You or a near relative can drop off the ballot at the Board of Elections office or you can mail it. Absentee ballots must be returned to the Scotland County Board of Elections by 5 p.m. on the day before the election.

Step 5


Before returning your ballot, check and check again to make sure the envelope is filled out completely with all the information that is required. If it is not filled out properly, your ballot may not be counted.

If you have any questions, please call the Scotland County Board of Elections at 910-277-2595.