2012 General Election Protests & Appeals

Posted on: Wed, 11/21/2012 - 17:36 By: cwhitmire

The following is a list of protests and appeals filed with the State Election Commission for the 2012 General Election.  Protests for countywide and less-than-countywide offices are filed with the appropriate county election commission.  Protests heard by county election commissions may be appealed to the State Election Commission.

The SEC will hear protests and appeals at 2221 Devine Street, Suite 101, Columbia, SC, 29205, unless noted otherwise.

PROTESTS

Filing deadline: Noon, Monday, November 19th (except offices affected by Richland County ballots)

Filing deadline for all offices affected by Richland County ballots: Noon, Monday, November 26

Copies of these protests are attached to this post.

SEC Certifies Remaining 2012 General Election Results

Posted on: Tue, 11/20/2012 - 16:12 By: cwhitmire

COLUMBIA, S.C. (November 19, 2012) - The State Election Commission (SEC) today certified the results of the following offices in the 2012 General Election:

  • President and Vice President 
  • U.S. House of Representatives District 2
  • U.S. House of Representatives District 6
  • State Senate Districts 19, 20, 21, 22, 35
  • State House of Representatives Districts 41, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80
  • Lexington/Richland School District 5
  • Statewide Constitutional Amendment Question

Certification of the results of these offices was delayed by order of the S.C. Supreme Court due to a delay in certification of results by the Richland County Election Commission.

Click here for certified results.

SEC Sets Delayed Certification for November 19

Posted on: Fri, 11/16/2012 - 18:50 By: cwhitmire

COLUMBIA, S.C. (November 16, 2012) - The State Election Commission (SEC) has received certified results from the Richland County Election Commission and will certify the results for the following offices at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 19, following an audit conducted by SEC staff:

  • President and Vice President 
  • U.S. House of Representatives District 2
  • U.S. House of Representatives District 6
  • State Senate Districts 19, 20, 21, 22, 35
  • State House of Representatives Districts 41, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80
  • Lexington/Richland School District 5
  • Statewide Constitutional Amendment Question
  • Local, countywide, and less-than-countywide Richland County offices and questions.  (The results of these local offices and questions will become official when the Richland County Election Commission certifies on Friday.)

The SEC today certified the Lexington School Board District 3 Recount, which includes parts of Lexington and Saluda counties.  Click here for results of the recount.

SEC Certifies Partial Results of 2012 General Election

Posted on: Wed, 11/14/2012 - 12:40 By: cwhitmire

COLUMBIA, S.C. (November 14, 2012) - The State Election Commission (SEC) today certified partial results of the 2012 General Election.  No results were certified for any offices appearing on Richland County ballots. 

Under Order of the S.C. Supreme Court, Richland County election results will be certified by the Richland County Election Commission prior to noon, Friday, November 16; and subsequently, by the SEC.  The SEC certification is set for 2:30 p.m. on Friday, November 16.

Click here to read the S.C. Supreme Court order.

Offices not included in today's certification:

SEC Expects Turnout to Approach Record

Posted on: Tue, 11/06/2012 - 14:01 By: cwhitmire

COLUMBIA, S.C. (November 6, 2012) - South Carolina voters turned out today in large numbers across the state. Initial reports from precincts indicate voter turnout is likely to be on-par with the record-breaking 2008 General Election.

Voters returned approximately 400 thousand absentee ballots this year, surpassing the 2008 record of 342 thousand absentee ballots. Voters showed the same enthusiasm at the polls today, with anecdotal reports from across the state indicating heavy turnout. The State Election Commission expects total voter turnout to be similar to the record-setting 76 percent turnout of 2008.  Participation may even surpass the 2008 record.

"The passion and dedication of South Carolina citizen for the electoral process was on display at the polls today," said Marci Andino, executive director of the South Carolina State Election Commission. "We're grateful to voters for their patience as they waited to cast their ballots, and we want to thank the 20,000 poll workers and election officials across the state for their tireless work to ensure that every vote counts."

2012 General Election Frequently Asked Questions

Posted on: Mon, 11/05/2012 - 15:10 By: cwhitmire

Q.  What candidates and/or offices are on the ballot today?

A.    The candidates and offices on a particular ballot will differ depending on the county and districts in which you reside.  To find out what candidates will appear on ballots in your county visit www.scVOTES.org and click "General Election Candidates by County," or call your county election commission.  If you don't know your districts, use the "Check Your Voter Registration" feature to find your districts first.

Q.   Where do I vote?

A.    At the polling place in your precinct.  Your precinct and polling place are listed on your voter registration card.  To ensure your polling place hasn't changed since your card was issued, check your voter registration by visiting www.scVOTES.org and clicking "Check Your Voter Registration."  This feature will allow you to pull up a map from your house to your polling place.

Q.  What hours will the polls be open?

A.  Polling places are open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Anyone in line at 7:00 p.m. will be allowed to vote.

Absentee Deadlines Fast Approaching

Posted on: Wed, 10/31/2012 - 16:18 By: cwhitmire

COLUMBIA, SC (October 31, 2012) - Voters should be aware of upcoming deadlines and the procedures for voting by absentee ballot in the November 6, 2012, General Election.

Persons qualified to vote by absentee ballot:

1.       Students attending school outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them

2.       Members of the Armed Forces or Merchant Marine serving outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them (click here for additional information)

3.       Persons serving with the American Red Cross or with the United Service Organizations (USO) who are attached to and serving with the Armed Forces outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them

4.       Persons who, for reasons of employment, will not be able to vote on election day

5.       Physically disabled persons

Truth vs. Myth - 2012 General Election

Posted on: Wed, 10/24/2012 - 15:16 By: cwhitmire

The following are some common myths that are circulated prior to general elections:

Myth:  The new photo ID law is in effect, and if you don't have one, you can't vote.

TruthThe new photo ID law will NOT be in effect on November 6th.  To vote on November 6th, you must have a S.C. Driver's License, a S.C. DMV ID card, or a voter registration card.  The new photo ID rules won't take effect until January 1, 2013.  Even then, there are safeguards in place that allow any voter to vote on Election Day, whether they have a photo ID or not.  For more on the new photo ID law, visit scvotes.org.

Myth:  South Carolina has "early voting," meaning anyone can vote early for any reason.

Federal Court Approves S.C. Photo ID Law for 2013

Posted on: Wed, 10/10/2012 - 16:07 By: cwhitmire

New Rules Not in Effect for 2012 General Election

COLUMBIA, S.C. (October 3, 2012) - The United States District Court for the District of Columbia today gave its approval to a new law requiring South Carolina voters to present a government-issued identification card with a photo in order to vote. Under the Court's order, the law will go into effect for elections held on or after January 1, 2013.

The new Photo ID provisions will not be in effect for the November 6, 2012, General Election.

For the rest of this year including the 2012 General Election, voters must continue to provide one of the following forms of ID to vote in person:

  • S.C. Driver's License
  • S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) ID Card
  • S.C. Voter Registration Card

Beginning in 2013, voters will have to provide one of the following current and valid forms of photo ID to vote in person:

Subscribe to