Officials Urge Citizens To Register As Deadline Approaches, Combat Misinformation

YORK COUNTY, S.C. — York County Voter Registration and Election Officials are urging York County citizens to prepare for the upcoming general election by registering to vote by the 30 day deadline and/or verifying their voter registration information and status ahead of the election.

The election, scheduled for Nov. 3, 2020, includes the Presidential race, along with several state and local offices, including State House, State Senate, County Council and School Board.

To vote in this election, citizens need to be properly registered by the following deadlines:

  • In person at the York County Elections Office, 6 S Congress St, York, by Friday, Oct. 2
  • Online at www.scvotes.gov or by fax 803-684-7801 by Sunday, Oct. 4 by 11:59 pm
  • By mail to Elections Office, 6 S Congress St. Suite 1201, York, SC 29745.  Must be postmarked by Monday, Oct. 5.

Voters can review their information for accuracy online at www.scvotes.gov.

Voters can also do the following online at www.scvotes.gov:

  • Register to vote
  • Check and update voter information
  • Check absentee ballot status
  • Apply for an absentee ballot (must print document, sign, and send to office)
  • View a sample ballot

Additionally, officials urge voters to properly vet information concerning voting before making assumptions all rumors are true.

“Prior to almost every election, we hear about misinformation being circulated within the community,” Wanda Hemphill, Director of the York County Voter Registration and Elections office said. “Some people may be well-intentioned, whereas some may actually seek to create confusion. Regardless, misinformation can cause issues for our voters.”

Numerous phone calls have been received by York County Election Officials regarding postcards received from an unidentified group advising voters they are not registered to vote. “While this group may have good intentions, it has created some anxiety for our voters.” Hemphill said. “Of the voters who have called to check their information, all have been accurate and registered to vote,” she said.  “It could be the group just had some bad data,” Hemphill said.

York County Election Officials said the best way to follow election related information is to visit the York County Voter Registration and Elections Office website at www.yorkcountygov.com/vote or www.facebook.com/vreofyc

Voters may also contact the elections office by email at elections@yorkcountygov.com or by calling the office at 803-684-1242 or 803-909-7194.

Voters are strongly encouraged to check their information online at www.scvotes.gov and update incorrect or out-of-date information.