South Carolina voters will have an extra 10 days to register to vote after a judge agreed Tuesday to an extension in the wake of massive flooding from Hurricane Florence. This is believed to be the first time South Carolina has ever extended state voter registration deadlines, State Election Commission Director Marci Andino said. The state has extended voting hours at some precincts after machine glitches or long lines. Giving South Carolinians more time to sign up for the Nov. 6 election was backed by the Election Commission, S.C. Democratic and Republican Party leaders as well as Republican Gov. Henry McMaster and his challenger, Democrat James Smith.
Before Judge Robert Hood’s ruling Tuesday in Columbia, the deadline to register in-person registration was scheduled to end Friday, while online registration would have finished Sunday and mail registration had to be postmarked by Oct. 9.
Now South Carolina voters in all 46 counties have until Oct. 17 to register in person, online or by mail.