Governor Nikki Haley will sign the Overseas Absentee Voters Act at Joint Base Charleston this afternoon. The act, S. 404, will make it easier for citizens living or working outside of the country to still vote in an election.
The law orders the state to send out ballots to those living, working, or serving overseas at least 45 days before an election.
- -deletes the requirement that a witness certify the absentee application oath.
- -allows for combined federal, state, and local ballots.
- If someone requests a ballot within the 45-day window, the state must send them one by the end of the next business day.
Because South Carolina is covered under the Voting Rights Act, the U.S. Justice Department still has to approve the law.