South Carolina Launches Online Voter Registration System

Posted on: Tue, 10/02/2012 - 13:28 By: cwhitmire

Only 12 other states allow citizens to register to vote online

Columbia, SC (October 2, 2012) - The S.C. State Election Commission today announced the launch of one of the nation's first paperless online voter registration systems, greatly simplifying the registration process and encouraging more citizens to participate in elections.

"South Carolina has made important improvements to our registration and elections process in the last decade, and we are proud to announce one of the single most important changes to the process is now a reality," said Marci Andino, executive director of the State Election Commission. "There's no waiting in line, no forms to print out, nothing to mail in. Any eligible person can register in just minutes."

Citizens must register to vote by Saturday, October 6, in order to vote on November 6, and online registration is available now to expedite the process. 

Photo ID Requirements

Posted on: Mon, 09/24/2012 - 13:06 By: cwhitmire


When voting in person, you will be asked to show one of the following Photo IDs:

  • SC Driver's License
  • SC Department of Motor Vehicles ID Card
    • Includes SC Concealed Weapons Permit
  • SC Voter Registration Card with Photo
  • Federal Military ID
    • Includes all Department of Defense Photo IDs and Veterans Affairs Benefits Card
  • US Passport
    • Includes US Passport ID Card


Be sure to bring your Photo ID with you to the polling place.


Make your voting experience as fast and easy as possible by getting a free Photo ID from your county voter registration and elections office or your local DMV office.

State Senate District 41 Special Republican Primary

Posted on: Tue, 09/18/2012 - 17:06 By: cwhitmire

September 18, 2012 - Charleston County


Candidate Charleston Dorchester TOTAL Percent
Wally Burbage 663  60 725  20.0%
Walter Hundley RUNOFF 1,309  37 1,352 37.3%
Paul Thurmond RUNOFF  1,376 168 1,549  42.7%


Special Republican Primary Runoff

The State Senate District 41 Special Republican Primary was held to replace the Republican Party's former nominee, Paul Thurmond.   The candidate selected through this process will appear on ballots in the November 6, 2012, General Election as the Republican nominee for State Senate District 41.

September is Voter Education Month

Posted on: Thu, 09/06/2012 - 08:56 By: cwhitmire

Governor Nikki Haley Recognizes September as Voter Education Month;  South Carolina State Election Commission Encourages South Carolina's 600,000 Eligible Voters to Register by Oct. 6

COLUMBIA, S.C. (Sept. 6, 2012) - The South Carolina State Election Commission today kicked off a month-long effort to encourage South Carolinians to register to vote before Oct. 6 in order to participate in the Nov. 6 General Election or to update voter registration information if they are already registered.

"Voting is the quintessential American way for citizens to participate in our political system and make their voices heard," said Marci Andino, executive director of the South Carolina State Election Commission. "We are promoting Voter Education Month to urge eligible citizens to register, to remind registered voters to update their registration information, and to help them prepare for Election Day. In South Carolina, every vote matters and every vote counts."

Democratic Runoff Tuesday in Seventh Congressional District

Posted on: Fri, 06/22/2012 - 16:09 By: cwhitmire

COLUMBIA, SC (June 22, 2012) - For the first time, the S.C. State Election Commission (SEC) has clear direction from the Court on how to deal with votes cast for candidates who have withdrawn from a race after ballots have been prepared.

The SEC has had a long-standing policy that votes for withdrawn candidates are not counted for the purpose of determining a majority vote in a primary.  This policy was based primarily on the plain language of the applicable state law (S.C. Code of Laws §7-17-610), which says that majority is determined "by dividing the total vote cast for all candidates by two," and that anything in excess of that sum is a majority.

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