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Horry County News and Announcements


Update on Early Voting in Horry County

Last week, Governor McMaster signed into law legislation passed by the General Assembly that establishes early voting in South Carolina. 

To help prepare for the upcoming June 14 Primaries, the State Election Commission wants voters to know all their options to vote:

Early Voting

In-person absentee voting has now been replaced with a two-week early voting period. Any voter can visit an early-voting location in their county and vote like they would at their polling place on Election Day.

  • Early-voting for June Primaries:
    • Tuesday, May 31 – Friday, June 10 (closed on Saturdays and Sundays).
    • 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Locations in Horry County:
      • Voters Registration and Elections Office
      • North Strand Recreation Center
      • South Strand Recreation Center
      • Carolina Forest Library
  • Early-voting for June Runoffs:
    • Wednesday, June 22 – Friday, June 24.
    • Same hours and locations as Primaries.
  • Bring your Photo ID (or voter registration card if you do not have a Photo ID).

Absentee (by-mail only)

Absentee voting allows qualified voters to cast a ballot by mail prior to Election Day. In-Person Absentee Voting is no longer authorized by law. 

Qualified voters include:

  • Voters with disabilities.
  • Voters sixty-five years of age or older.
  • Members of the Armed Forces and Merchant Marines of the United States, their spouses, and dependents residing with them.
  • Voters admitted to hospitals as emergency patients on the day of an election or within a four-day period before the election.
  • Voters who, for one of the following reasons, are unable to vote in person on any day of the early-voting period or on Election Day.
  • Employment obligations.
  • Attending sick or physically disabled persons. 
  • Confined to a jail or pretrial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial.
  • Absent from their county for any reason. 

To vote absentee:

  • Request an absentee application by phone, mail, or in person at the county voter registration office.
  • Complete, sign and return the application to your county voter registration office by mail or in person.
  • County offices will soon begin issuing new applications based on the new requirements.
  • The old application will continue to be accepted through May 31.
  • After May 31, only new applications meeting current requirements will be accepted.
  • The deadline to return a new application is June 3.
  • You will receive your absentee ballot in the mail.
  • Vote and return your ballot to your county voter registration office by mail or in person no later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.
  • Be sure to sign the voter’s oath and have the return envelope witnessed. There are no changes to the witness requirement in effect for the June Primaries. Witness requirement changes in the law go into effect in July.
  • Photo ID will be required to return your ballot in person.
  • Ballots returned by mail should be mailed no later than one week prior to election day to help ensure timely delivery.

Polling Place on Election Day

For more information, visit or contact the Horry County Voter’s Registration & Elections office at (843) 915-5440.

Horry County Registration & Elections Rescan Absentee Ballots

Conway, South Carolina-Due to a data transfer issue related to the scanning of a portion of absentee ballots, the South Carolina Election Commission (SEC) is requiring Horry County Registration & Elections to rescan the ballots. ES&S, the scanning equipment manufacturer, is on-hand to assist with the procedure which began this morning around 10 a.m. Registration & Elections wants all voters to know that this will not impact their absentee ballots in any way.

The Horry County Board of Voter’s Registration and Elections will meet Friday, November 6, 2020, at 10 a.m. to certify election results.

For questions or concerns, please contact Horry County Registration & Elections at (843) 915-5440.


Horry County To Open Three Additional Locations for Absentee Voting

Conway, South Carolina (August 26, 2020)—In anticipation of the increased number of citizens expected to vote absentee, Horry County Voter’s Registration & Elections will set up voting sites at the North Strand Recreation Center, the South Strand Recreation Center and the Carolina Forest Library, October 5, 2020, to November 2, 2020, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Voters who prefer to vote absentee in person will enter the facility, complete the provided absentee voting application, and then vote. If voting absentee in person, voters are urged to visit to ensure that their information is correct prior to arrival. If the information has changed or is otherwise incorrect, voters will be directed to the Horry County Registration & Elections office located at 1515 4th Avenue in Conway. Additionally, absentee in person voters will need to have proper identification. Voters are encouraged to be patient as safety protocols may cause the process to be slightly slower.

Voters who were mailed absentee ballots may utilize the drop box to securely drop off their absentee ballots (a drop box is also available at the Voter’s Registration & Elections office in Conway.)

For more information, visit or contact the Horry County Voter's Registration & Elections at (843) 915-5440.

Upcoming Meetings for June 8-12, 2020

Meeting attendees are encouraged to wear a face-covering when entering the building and when social distancing is not possible or practical.


Zoning Board of Appeals

Monday, June 8, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

Click here to view and download the agenda or here for the packet.


Parks & Open Space Board

Tuesday, June 9, 2020, 12 p.m.

Click here to view and download the agenda or here for the packet.


The following meeting will take place virtually and will be broadcast on the Horry County Government website as well as the Government Access Channel (Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative Channel 14).


Welcome Back Committee

Thursday, June 11, 2020, 10:30 a.m.


Please note: The North Myrtle Beach Library will be closed Monday, June 8, 2020, for parking lot maintenance. Patrons are encouraged to visit one of the other branches (click here for a list).


Horry County Parks & Recreation To Resume Athletic Activities & Youth Programming-Reminder


In line with the Governor’s directive, athletic fields will reopen for practice on Sunday, May 31, 2020. Competitive sports will be able to resume outdoor play on June 15, 2020. Horry County Parks and Recreation staff met with the leagues’ organizers to review the guidelines for Re-opening County, Municipal, and School Athletic Fields & Resuming Youth Sports Events developed by AccelerateSC and recommended by the Governor.

Horry County Parks and Recreation youth soccer leagues at South Strand Recreation Center, Carolina Forest Recreation Center, and Aynor area will begin practice the week of June 15, 2020. There are still spaces available in these programs.

Parks and Recreation will also resume summer camp programming for children ages 5 to 12 beginning Monday, June 8, 2020. In addition to enhanced sanitation protocols, camps will be limited to smaller capacities. In order to facilitate best practices for social distancing, campers will be placed into small cohorts that will rotate through the day’s activities. As of today, there are a limited number of spaces left for enrollment.

In addition, playgrounds are now open, but visitors are reminded to continue to follow SCDHEC and CDC guidance which includes frequent handwashing and proper social distancing.

Parks and Recreation centers will reopen for basketball, pickleball, and exercise classes on Saturday, June 13, 2020. In order to accommodate summer programming, the facilities will only be open for these activities on Saturdays through the summer months. Due to the reduction of operating hours at the Recreation Centers, staff is beginning to work through a refund process for pass holders. Every pass issued will be examined and a pro-rated refund will be issued based on how many months were remaining on each pass after February. Centers will transition to only having daily use and individual class fees until summer camp ends and normal operating hours resume. 

Facility rentals will also be available on Saturdays with occupancy limits to ensure proper social distancing. Picnic shelter rentals will resume on a normal schedule with social distancing requirements.

To enroll your child in a summer camp or sports league program, please visit or call (843) 915-5330.


Reminders for the June 9th Primary Election

South Carolina will hold a Primary Election Tuesday, June 9, 2020. Polls in Horry County will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will be utilizing enhanced safety protocols for voters and staff.

  • Voters are encouraged to be patient as safety protocols may cause the process to be slightly slower.
  • Poll workers will be protected by face shields, face masks, and gloves.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available for use.
  • Masks are encouraged but not mandatory.
  • Voters will use a cotton swab to vote on the ballot marking devices.
  • Many polling locations have changed due to COVID19. Voters are encouraged to visit to find their current polling location.

Interested voters can also vote in-person Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Horry County Voter's Registration, Elections & CDBG complex located at 1515 4th Avenue in Conway. Additionally, the Voter's Registration & Elections office will be open for in-person voting Saturday, June 6, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enhanced safety protocols will also be in place.

Those with absentee ballots may drop them off at the Voter's Registration, Elections, & CDBG complex until 7 p.m. on Election night using the drop-box to the right of the front doors.

For more information, contact Horry County Voter's Registration & Elections at (843) 915-5440.


Horry County Government COVID19 Operations Update

Following the guidance from Governor McMaster and state agencies, Horry County will allow public access to its buildings with best safety practices being implemented. Safety measures will include:

  • Everyone in high-traffic public areas will be required to wear masks while inside facilities. This includes lobbies, waiting areas, customer service counters, etc. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own mask and wear it prior to entering the facilities.
  • Occupancy limits are set in public areas of offices and lobbies.
  • Physical distancing guidelines are in place.
  • Services made available online will continue and the public is encouraged to use online services when possible.
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations are stationed in public areas.
  • Enhanced cleaning operations will continue.

To help alleviate crowding in public areas, Horry County encourages individuals to continue to do business online and over the phone with county departments where possible. Horry County will continue to phase into operations as conditions permit, and ask for patience if wait times exist.

Anyone planning to visit a County building should be prepared to check in with staff located at the entrance to the facility. Visitors may be asked to wait outside the office or facility depending on the capacity of the facility.

County officials remind everyone to continue to follow CDC and S.C. DHEC safety guidelines as well as Governor McMaster’s executive orders that remain in effect.

Jurors called by the Horry County Clerk of Court are excused through the end of July.

All local Magistrate Offices are open to the public for filings and court.

Central Traffic Court in Conway will reopen June 8, 2020. The court is sending out notices to members of the public that need to appear requiring them to appear at a selected time to help manage the social distancing requirements.

Central Jury Court will also reopen on June 8, 2020, however, the Court will only be receiving guilty pleas, so the public will not be required to serve jury duty.

Preliminary Hearings will resume on June 19, 2020, and like Central Traffic Court hearings will be spaced out over the course of the entire day with all parties having a specific time to appear.

Horry County Board of Registration & Elections to Conduct Scanner Test

The Horry County Board of Registration and Elections will conduct a routine test of the tabulator and scanner which will be used to count absentee ballots on Election Day, February 29, 2020. The test will be held Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. at the Horry County Registration & Elections Office located at 1515 4th Avenue in Conway.

For more information, contact Horry County Registration & Elections at (843) 915-5440.