When a Voter moves within the same county
Any registered voter who moves to a different precinct within the same county must be allowed to vote, even though he/she has not previously notified the county board of voter registration of the move. This provision is referred to as "Fail- Safe Voting".
To determine if a voter qualifies for a Fail-safe ballot, the poll manager must follow the steps below:
1.Ask each voter if the address shown on the voter registration certificate is current and correct. Remember that you can require additional identification to verify an address if there is doubt.
2.If it is determined that the voter has moved to a different precinct within the same county, regardless of when the move was made, a manager or the voter must complete the CHANGE OF ADDRESS information on the provisional ballot envelope. Then, have the voter sign the envelope.
IMPORTANT: A manager or the voter must complete the Change of Address information on the provisional ballot envelope, then the voter must sign the envelope before being issued a ballot.
3.The voter will then be
allowed to vote a special Fail-safe ballot for federal, statewide, and countywide
offices and questions. This ballot must then be placed in the provisional ballot
envelope. The ballot is then deposited in the envelope. Make
a checkmark in the box beside the word "Fail-safe" on the envelope.
The State Election Commission recommends obtaining the voterís registration certificate at this time, explaining that a new certificate will be mailed to them at a later date.
The voter, at his/her discretion, may go to the county board of voter registration office on election day , re-register in his/her new precinct, and vote a full ballot for all offices.
When a Voter moves from one county to another within 30 days of an election
A voter who moves to another county in S.C. within 30 days of an election may vote a Fail-Safe ballot, at his/her polling place in his/her prior county or the voter may register at his/her new county voter registration office and vote a full ballot.