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Election Commission (SEC) has clear direction from the Court on how to deal with votes cast for candidates who have withdrawn from a race after ballots have been prepared.

The SEC has had a long-standing policy that votes for withdrawn candidates are not counted for the purpose of determining a majority vote in a primary.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.

Primary Ballots Set, Candidates May Not Be Added

Posted on: Thu, 05/17/2012 - 12:29 By: cwhitmire

COLUMBIA, S.C. (May 17, 2012) - On May 2, 2012, the S.C. Supreme Court issued its order in Anderson v. South Carolina State Election Commission, No. 27120 (S.C. Sup. Ct. filed May 2, 2012) requiring as follows:

We direct the appropriate official of the political parties to file with the State Election Commission or the appropriate county election commission, by noon on May 4, 2012, a list of only those non-exempt candidates who simultaneously filed an SEI and an SIC as required by § 8-13-1356(B).

Prior to noon on May 4, both the State Election Commission and the Lexington County Election Commission received certifications from the Republican Party State Executive Committee and the Lexington County Republican Party Executive Commission. Katrina Shealy was not certified as a candidate for Senate District 23. As an agency of the State of South Carolina, the State Election Commission has no authority to accept additional candidates after the May 4, 2012 noon deadline set by the Supreme Court in the Anderson decision. 

Supreme Court Orders Candidates Removed from Primary Ballots

Posted on: Wed, 05/02/2012 - 18:28 By: cwhitmire

COLUMBIA, S.C. (May 2, 2012) - Candidates who did not properly file Statements of Economic Interests (SEIs) during the March filing period may not have their names placed on Primary or General Election ballots, according to a ruling today by the S.C. Supreme Court .

Under order of the Court, the political parties must provide a list of candidates who properly filed SEIs to the state and county election commissions by noon, Friday, May 4th. An updated list of candidates will be posted at scVOTES.org after noon on Friday.

The State Election Commission (SEC) is pleased that the Court ruled expeditiously so that the work of revising June Primary ballots can begin. While there is no deadline in law, county election commissions normally have absentee ballots available for voters around 30 days prior to the date of an election. The SEC and county election commissions will be working diligently over the next two weeks to ensure absentee ballots are available to voters as soon as possible.

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