Nearly a Quarter Million Voters Added to Rolls in 2008

Posted on: Thu, 10/09/2008 - 09:54 By: cwhitmire

Numbers Continue to Rise after Deadline; Absentee Voting Underway

COLUMBIA, S.C. (October 7, 2008) - The deadline to register to vote in the General Election has passed, and preliminary numbers show the number of registered voters in South Carolina has increased more than 240,000  in 2008 by and now stands at 2.5 million.  This number will continue to rise as county voter registration offices continue to process applications received by the deadline.

Prior to the 2004 General Election, voter registration rolls increased by approximately 200,000 voters.  In that election, 70% of registered voters cast votes - a record number.

"The fact that nearly a quarter of a million South Carolinians have taken the first step to exercise their right to vote this year is truly encouraging," said Marci Andino, executive director of the South Carolina Election Commission, "and the fact that registration has outpaced that of 2004 points to the possibility we could see an even stronger turnout this year.

Absentee voting is underway throughout South Carolina.

Voter Registration Deadline Nears, Some Counties Hold Saturday Hours

Posted on: Wed, 10/01/2008 - 17:37 By: cwhitmire

COLUMBIA, S.C. - The State Election Commission wants to remind those not already registered to vote that they must register no later than October 4th to be eligible to participate in the November 4, 2008, General Election.


  • Visit your county voter registration office. County offices are open weekly during regular courthouse hours, generally 8:30 to 5:00. Also, many offices will be open Saturday, October 4th. Please see the list below regarding your county's hours on that date.


Display of Campaign Material Not Allowed at Polls

Posted on: Thu, 09/25/2008 - 17:31 By: cwhitmire

The display of campaign material is not allowed within 200 feet of any entrance to a polling place on election day.  This law applies to any type of visual display of campaign material, including posters, pamphlets, brochures, signs, buttons, hats, t-shirts, etc.  Voters displaying campaign material who enter the 200-foot area will be asked to remove the material, cover the material, or otherwise cause the material not to be seen.

Please see the applicable section of the S.C. Code of Laws posted below:

SECTION 7-25-180. Unlawful distribution of campaign literature.

Petition Candidate Filings

Posted on: Tue, 07/15/2008 - 16:49 By: cwhitmire

The deadline for candidates to file petitions to have their name placed on the 2008 General Election ballot for President of the United States, federal offices, state-level offices (including State House, Senate, and Solicitor), and any multi-county offices was noon, July 15, 2008.

The following is a list of candidates who filed prior to the deadline. Candidates' petitions will be checked to determine whether they contain a sufficient number of signatures for the particular offices the candidates seek. This process must be completed by noon, August 15, 2008.

Ralph Nader/ Matt Gonzalez - President/ Vice President of the United States - PETITION CERTIFIED

Bill Collins - State Senate District 38 - PETITION CERTIFIED

Kenny McLaughlin - State House of Representatives District 55 - PETITION NOT VALID

Brian Doyle - State House of Representatives District 82 - CANDIDATE NOT QUALIFIED

John Bass - Aiken County School Board District 1 - PETITION CERTIFIED

Are You Eligible to Vote in the June 24 Runoffs?

Posted on: Mon, 06/23/2008 - 14:37 By: cwhitmire

South Carolina voters will head to the polls again on Tuesday, June 24, to vote in the Primary Runoffs, but not all voters will have the opportunity to vote. There is no statewide office on the ballot, so there are areas of the state where no runoffs are taking place. Also, voters who voted in one party's primary on June 10, are restricted from voting in another party's runoff. This means some voters will have a runoff in their county or district but will not be eligible to vote due to this restriction.

How to determine whether you are eligible to vote in the Primary Runoff:

1. Check the 2008 Primary Runoffs by County list to determine whether there are any runoffs being held in your county and in any of your districts within your county.

2. If you do not know which districts you live in (State Senate, State House, County Council, etc.), contact your county voter registration office, or check your voter registration online. 

2008 Primary Runoffs by County

Posted on: Sat, 06/14/2008 - 10:57 By: cwhitmire

Below is a list of runoffs to be held on June 24, 2008.

In primaries, winners are determined by majority, which means the winner must receive more than 50% of the votes cast for that office. When no candidate receives 50%, the contest is decided between the two candidates with the highest vote totals in a runoff two weeks after the primary.








State Senate 10

Dee Compton

Chip Stockman




SEC Certifies Results of Primaries; Calls for Recounts, Runoffs

Posted on: Fri, 06/13/2008 - 16:18 By: cwhitmire


COLUMBIA, SC-The State Election Commission met at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 13, 2008, as the State Board of Canvassers to certify the results of the June 10, 2008 Republican and Democratic Primaries. Official primary results can be found at The Board ordered recounts and runoffs in contests listed below. Recounts will be conducted at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, June 16, 2008. Runoffs will be conducted on Tuesday, June 24, 2008.








State House of Representatives District 38


Joey Millwood

Bob Walker



2008 Republican Primary Candidates

Posted on: Mon, 06/02/2008 - 09:24 By: cwhitmire

The following candidates for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, Solicitor, State Senate, and State House will appear on the June 10, 2008 Republican Primary ballot:


United States Senate

Lindsey Graham

Buddy Witherspoon


United States House of Representatives, District 1

Henry E Brown Jr

Katherine Jenerette

Paul V Norris

United States House of Representatives, District 2

Phil Black

Joe Wilson

United States House of Representatives, District 4

Bob Inglis

Charles Jeter


Solicitor, Circuit 9

Blair Jennings

Scarlett A Wilson

Solicitor, Circuit 10

Chrissy Adams

Sarah Drawdy


State Senate

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