Since the General Assembly passed and Gov. Henry McMaster signed the measure in September 2020 to allow any registered voter to cast an absentee ballot due to COVID-19, citizens across the state have been exploring their voting options ahead of the Nov. 3 election.
For those who would still prefer to vote at a polling place but are unsure of crowds on Election Day, the Greenville County Election Commission has established four absentee satellite locations around the county that voters may visit Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Oct. 30. In addition to the satellite locations, voters may cast a ballot at Greenville County Square through Nov. 2.
Similar to election day, absentee voters who are in line when the polling place closes will be allowed to cast their ballots, said Greenville County Election Commission director Conway Belangia.
While the absentee satellite locations are spread out through the county, Belangia said voters should be prepared to wait when they arrive.
“[Wait times] vary by location and time of day,” he said. “[The] normal is an hour plus, [and] the max is about three hours.”
Once inside the absentee polling places, voters should see safety measures such as sneeze guards, physically distanced voting machines and social distancing markers, which were also implemented during the primary elections earlier this year.
While absentee voting is well underway and has been popular, with more than 4,800 ballots cast, the polls will be operating on normal hours on Nov. 3, and Belangia said “time will tell” how busy election day itself will be.
Those wishing to vote in-person on Nov. 3 may also want to visit greenvillecounty.org/voterregistration to make sure their polling places have not changed.
Absentee Satellite Precincts
Open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays through Oct. 30
- Simpsonville Activity and Senior Center, 310 W. Curtis St., Simpsonville
- Pleasant Community Center (Annex building), 710 S. Fairfield Road, Greenville
- Renfrew Church, 951 Geer Hwy., Travelers Rest
- Tryon Recreation Center, 226 Oakland Ave., Greer
In-person absentee voting
Open 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday through Nov. 2
- Greenville County Square, 301 University Ridge, Conference Room A&B, Greenville
- Extended hours are available 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 24 and 31