SEC Celebrates 50 Years

Posted on: Wed, 12/19/2018 - 16:17 By: cwhitmire

50th Anniversary Logo

Celebrating the Commitment to Ensuring Every Vote Matters and Every Vote Counts

COLUMBIA, SC (December 27, 2018) – Beginning January 1, the South Carolina State Election Commission (SEC) will be celebrating 50 years of ensuring every eligible citizen has the opportunity to register to vote, participate in fair and impartial elections, and have the assurance that their votes will count. That commitment began on January 1, 1969, when the SEC was formed by the General Assembly as an independent state agency charged with overseeing South Carolina’s elections.

Governor Proclaims 2019 as SEC 50th Anniversary Year

Posted on: Thu, 01/03/2019 - 17:22 By: cwhitmire

Governor Henry McMaster has proclaimed 2019 as S.C. State Election Commission 50th Anniversary Year throughout the state. He is encouraging all South Carolinians to celebrate the State Election Commission’s 50 years of ensuring eligible citizens have the opportunity to register to vote, the opportunity to participate in fair and impartial elections, and the assurance that their votes will count.

Read the Governor's Proclamation

Read more about the SEC's 50th Anniversary

 

State House of Representatives District 14 Special Election

Posted on: Tue, 12/11/2018 - 13:46 By: cwhitmire

April 23, 2019 - Greenwood and Laurens Counties

Important Dates & Deadlines

Filing Opens:  Noon, Friday, December 28

Filing Closes:  Noon, Saturday, January 5

Click Here for Candidate Tracking - Get candidate names and information (available after filing opens).

January 20 - Voter Registration Deadline for Primary

February 19 - Primary

March 5 - Primary Runoff

March 24 - Voter Registration Deadline for Special Election

April 23 - Special Election

Candidate Filing Information

SEC Seeks New Statewide Voting System Solution

Posted on: Fri, 12/07/2018 - 15:38 By: cwhitmire

COLUMBIA, SC (December 7, 2018) - The State Election Commission (SEC) in conjunction with the State Fiscal Accountability Authority (SFAA) today released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for South Carolina’s next statewide voting system. The SEC is seeking a uniform, statewide voting system solution that features a paper record of each voter’s voted ballot to replace the current paperless system. The SEC expects to implement the new system by January 2020.

A new voting system will not only provide the state with a dependable system that will serve voters for years to come but will also improve the security and resilience of our election process. Having a paper record of each voter’s voted ballot will add an important layer of security as it allows for post-election audits of ballots to verify vote totals.

The SEC is issuing the RFP now to allow adequate time for evaluation of voting system proposals and subsequent implementation by January 2020. The SEC continues working with the S.C. General Assembly to acquire funding for this replacement effort.

State Senate District 6 Special Election

Posted on: Mon, 11/12/2018 - 16:35 By: cwhitmire

March 26, 2019 - Greenville County

Important Dates & Deadlines

Noon, Friday, November 30 - Filing Opens

Noon, Saturday, December 8 - Filing Closes

Click Here for Candidate Tracking - Get candidate names and information (available after filing opens).

December 23 - Voter Registration Deadline for Primary

January 22 - Primary

February 5 - Primary Runoff

February 24 - Voter Registration Deadline for Special Election

March 26 - Special Election

Candidate Filing Information

Absentee Sets Record for Midterm, County Offices Open Saturday for Absentee Voting

Posted on: Fri, 11/02/2018 - 15:54 By: cwhitmire

COLUMBIA, SC (November 2, 2018) – As of today, more than 260,000 absentee ballots have been issued statewide, and more than 230,000 absentee ballots have been returned.  For the 2014 General Election, the last midterm, approximately 157,000 absentee ballots were cast, which was the previous record for absentee voting in a midterm election.  Absentee numbers will continue to increase as voters will have additional opportunities to vote absentee in person on Saturday and Monday before the General Election on Tuesday.

 
County election offices will be open statewide for in-person absentee voting on 

  • Saturday, November 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Monday, November 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

To vote absentee in-person, visit your county elections office, complete an application, and cast your ballot. 

Absentee by Mail:

Absentee Voting Underway for 2018 General Election

Posted on: Fri, 10/12/2018 - 15:41 By: cwhitmire

COLUMBIA, SC (October 12, 2018) - Absentee voting for the November 6, 2018 General Election is underway at county elections offices throughout the state.  As of this morning, approximately 45,000 voters had applied for absentee ballots statewide.  At this point in the process in 2014, the last gubernatorial election, approximately 30,000 voters had applied for absentee ballots statewide.

Voters who are age 65 and older, who will be on vacation, or who can’t go to the polls due to their job are all qualified to vote absentee.   If you meet one of these or any of the other qualifying reasons, you can vote early by absentee ballot.  The State Election Commission wants you to know how to vote absentee and the deadlines for doing so.

Voting Absentee In-Person:

  • Visit your county elections office, complete an application, and cast your ballot. 
  • Available until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 5.

Voting Absentee by Mail:

SEC Mails to Unregistered Citizens, Urges Them to Register by Oct. 17

Posted on: Mon, 10/08/2018 - 11:08 By: krhodes

COLUMBIA, S.C. (October 8, 2018) – Postcards are being mailed to South Carolina residents who are most likely eligible to vote but have not yet registered.  These postcards are being sent today to approximately 950,000 South Carolina residents, encouraging them to register by October 17th so they can vote in the 2018 General Election.

The mailing was planned as part of South Carolina’s recent membership in the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC).  ERIC is an organization operated by member states which uses motor vehicle, voter registration, and Social Security Administration data to improve the accuracy of voter registration lists.  To join, member states are required to reach out by mail to residents who are likely eligible but not registered letting them know how and when to register to vote. 

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