Fort Mill voters will have a convenient location for casting in-person absentee ballots for several weeks ahead of the November election.

   The York County Voter Registration and Elections Office announced two extension offices opening in October for voters to cast an in-person absentee ballot.  The main office in York at the Government Center, 6 S Congress Street will open Oct. 5 for in-person absentee.

    Additionally, offices will open in Fort Mill at the Fort Mill Community Center, 1011 Talbot Drive beginning Oct. 12 and in Rock Hill at the Rock Hill Operations Center, 757 S Anderson Road, beginning Oct. 14. 

   All three offices will have Saturday hours and the two extension offices will have evening hours available as well.  Voters may visit any of the three offices to cast an in-person absentee ballot.

   “We are encouraging voters to take advantage of the opportunity to vote in person at one of our three locations prior to election day.  The establishment of extension locations will help better serve our voters on the eastern side of the county,” said Wanda Hemphill, Director of the Board of Voter Registration and Elections of  York County. (Story continues below)

     Due to legislation passed in recent weeks, any voter may vote absentee with the “State of Emergency” reason.  Voters need to only bring their valid photo ID to one of the three in-person absentee voting offices in order to cast their ballot.

   For those voters choosing to vote absentee by-mail, they will be able to either use the provided envelope in their ballot packet to return their absentee ballot or hand deliver their ballot at any one of the three offices during open hours.

For a full listing of absentee voting locations, dates, and hours, please visit

For up-to-date information about voting in the South Carolina 2020 General Election, please visit  

   Another important note: South Carolinians voting absentee by mail must now have their signatures on ballot return envelopes witnessed after the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals last week issued an order reversing a lower court’s ruling.   On Sept. 19, the U.S. District Court ordered the witness requirement to be suspended for the 2020 General Election.  The Fourth Circuit order stays the District Court order.

Greg "Ricky Bobby" Rickabaugh has lived in the Fort Mill and York County community since 2006. He has covered the area while a reporter for The Charlotte Observer and a freelance writer for The Fort Mill...