Register to Vote in Myrtle Beach

Need to know how to register to vote in Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand? We got it covered.

You’ve made the move! The utilities are on, you’ve got your South Carolina driver’s license, and you’re learning how to get around the area. You’re all set on property taxes and local information. Now comes the question, “Where do I vote in Myrtle Beach?”

As Americans, voting is both our right and duty. However, there is no national voter database. Each state is responsible for maintaining voter registration lists, so it’s up to you to find out how to register to vote.

South Carolina was the first state to have a statewide voter registration system. Today that system is coordinated across county lines making it easy to find information on how to vote and where to vote in each county. We’ll review two of those counties here, Horry and Georgetown, as well as provide information for Brunswick County, North Carolina.

Note:  When you register to vote in your new county of residence, be sure to contact the county you moved from and tell them to take you off their voter registration rolls. There is no national database and they will not know you have registered in another state. Registration in two or more states is not in itself illegal, but it just keeps things tidier if you remember to have your previous elections board remove you from their rolls.

How to Vote in Horry County

Horry County has 220,771 active registered voters as of the 2016 election. There are 11 county council districts and 114 precincts within the county. Your precinct is determined by where you live. As of the 2010 Census, all of Horry County is in Congressional District 7. With so many people moving to the Myrtle Beach area over the last ten years, the voter registration rolls have doubled.

Horry County voting map courtesy HorryCounty.orgThis map of Horry County shows the County Commissioner districts.

It’s a good idea to register as soon as you move here. You can even do it at the same time you get your driver’s license, that way you’ll be ready to vote when the time comes. Otherwise, you must register to vote at least 30 days prior to an election.

To be eligible to register in South Carolina you MUST:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be at least eighteen years old on or before the next election
  • Be a resident of South Carolina
  • Not be under a court order declaring you mentally incompetent
  • Not be confined in any public prison resulting from a conviction of a crime
  • Have never been convicted of a felony or offense against the election laws or
  • If previously convicted, have served the entire sentence, including probation or parole, or have received a pardon for the conviction

You can register to vote at any Horry County Library, Chamber of Commerce, Department of Motor Vehicle office, Department of Social Services, Mental Health, health department, or at the main office. You can even register to vote online. 

How to Register to Vote Online

For online registration you must have a valid South Carolina driver's license or identification card issued by the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles. If your address has changed within the state or county, you need to update your address with the DMV first before proceeding with Online Voter Registration.

You will need to give your South Carolina driver’s license number, your social security number, and the state and county where you were last registered.

You can use this link to register to vote online for both Horry County and Georgetown County.

NOTE: There is no such thing as online voting. You must vote in person, or obtain an absentee ballot prior to the election.

Where Do I Vote?

Once you are registered, you’ll receive a voter ID card. Your polling place is listed on the bottom of the card.

If you are going to be away from home on Election Day, or if you have a valid reason for not being able to go to the polls, you can contact the elections office and obtain an absentee ballot. Otherwise, you must vote in person. There is no early voting in South Carolina, but there is early voting in North Carolina (see below for Brunswick County).

When voting in person, you will be asked to show one of the following Photo IDs at your polling place:

  • SC Driver's License
  • SC Department of Motor Vehicles ID Card
  • SC Voter Registration Card with Photo
  • Federal Military ID
  • US Passport

If you don’t have a Photo ID, you need to get one before voting. Free Photo IDs are available from your county voter registration office by providing your name, date of birth and last four digits of your social security number. If you can’t get a Photo ID, bring your non-photo voter registration card with you to the polls. You can vote after signing an affidavit stating your inability to obtain a photo ID.

For more information contact the Horry County Board of Elections

1515 Fourth Avenue, Conway, SC 29526

(843) 915-5440

Office Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday except holidays

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How to Register to Vote in Georgetown County

Georgetown County voting map courtesy of GeorgetownCountySC.orgCounty Commissioner districts for Georgetown County, SC

The South Carolina information above also goes for Georgetown County. If you live in Murrells Inlet, check your address to see which county you live in to know where to register. In addition, if you registered through the mail and did not provide your photo ID, you will have to provide it at the polls. If you use your voter registration card, you will need one additional form of ID:

  • a current and valid photo identification
  • a current bank statement – with your name and address
  • a current utility bill – with your name and address
  • a current paycheck – with your name and address
  • a current government check – with your name and address
  • a current government document – with your name and address (voter registration card does not count)

For more information contact the Georgetown County Board of Elections

303 North Hazard Street, Georgetown, SC 29440

(843) 545-3339

Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday except holidays

Voter Registration in Brunswick County, North Carolina

If you have settled across the state line in North Carolina, it’s a whole new ball game. You can register to vote in person at the County Board of Elections office or you can fill out a form and return it to them. There is no online registration.

Brunswick County voting map courtesy BrunswickCountyNC.govBrunswick County NC voting districts

You must be registered to vote 25 days prior to the election. However, if you miss the voter registration deadline, you may go to any one-stop early voting site to register and vote on the same day. You will be required to provide acceptable proof of residence before you can register.  

Any of the following valid documents that show your current name and current residence address are acceptable.

  • North Carolina driver’s license
  • photo identification from a government agency
  • current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document

Same day registration is only available during one-stop early voting. It is not available on Election Day. As of this writing, there is no photo ID required to vote in North Carolina. The polls are open on Election Day from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.

For more information contact the Brunswick County Board of Elections

75 Stamp Act Drive NE (Building H)

Bolivia, NC, 28422

(910) 253-2620

Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday except holidays

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