Photo ID in SC: What Voters Need to Know

Posted on: Tue, 02/23/2016 - 13:49 By: cwhitmire

COLUMBIA, SC (February 23, 2016) - The S.C. State Election Commission (SEC) wants voters to be aware of what they need to bring to the polls to vote in the Democratic Presidential Primary on Saturday, February 27. 

While having a Photo ID, and bringing it to the polls, will make the voting process easier; no registered voter in the correct polling place should ever be denied a ballot, whether the voter has a Photo ID or not.

Poll Managers will ask voters for one of the following types of Photo ID:

  • S.C. Driver's License
  • S.C. DMV ID Card
  • S.C. Voter Registration Card with a Photo
  • Federal Military ID
  • U.S. Passport

Voters who already have one of the IDs above are ready to vote.  They need to be sure to bring their ID with them to their polling place.

2016 Presidential Primary FAQs

Posted on: Tue, 02/16/2016 - 14:27 By: cwhitmire

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Q.  What is a Presidential Preference Primary (PPP)?

A.   A PPP, commonly referred to simply as a "Presidential Primary," is a publicly held election in which voters vote for their choice to be a particular party's nominee for President.  State political parties use the results of the PPP to assign state delegates to the national party convention.  At the national convention, delegates from all participating states choose the party's nominee.  The party's nominee goes on the General Election ballot in November.  For more on party nomination of Presidential candidates, contact the appropriate political party.

Q.  Do I have to be a registered member of a party to participate in a Presidential Primary?

A.   No, S.C. does not have registration by party.  The Presidential Primaries are open to all registered S.C. voters. 

Q.  Why are the Presidential Primaries on two separate dates?  Why are they being held on Saturdays?

Absentee Voting Underway for Presidential Primaries

Posted on: Wed, 02/03/2016 - 17:49 By: cwhitmire

COLUMBIA, SC (February 3, 2016) - The State Election Commission wants voters to be aware of the procedures for voting by absentee ballot in the 2016 Presidential Preference Primaries.

Voters may vote in only one party's Presidential Preference Primary. 

Qualified voters (reasons listed below) may vote absentee either in person or by mail:

IN PERSON -

Visit your county elections office , complete an application, and cast your ballot.  You may vote absentee in person up until 5:00 p.m. on the day before each primary.

  • For the Republican Primary up until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 19
  • For the Democratic Primary up until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 26

BY MAIL -

Step 1: Get an absentee application in one of two ways:

Absentee Voting Underway for June Primaries

Posted on: Wed, 02/03/2016 - 17:49 By: cwhitmire

COLUMBIA, SC (May 19, 2016) - Absentee voting for the Statewide Primaries is underway at county elections offices throughout the state.  As of today, approximately 22,000 absentee ballots have been issued statewide.  In comparison, approximately 25,000 absentee ballots were cast in the 2012 Statewide Primaries (the last comparable statewide primary).

Click here for historical statistics on voter registration, voter turnout, and absentee voting.

Absentee voters should be aware of the following procedures and deadlines:

Qualified voters (reasons listed below) may vote absentee in person or by mail:

In Person - Visit your county elections office, complete an application, and cast your ballot.  You may vote absentee in person up until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 13.

By Mail -

Step 1: Get an absentee application in one of two ways:

Register by Wednesday to be Eligible for Democratic PPP

Posted on: Tue, 01/26/2016 - 11:03 By: cwhitmire

Register Online at scVOTES.org

COLUMBIA, S.C. (January 26, 2016) - To help ensure voters are prepared for the upcoming Presidential Preference Primaries (PPPs), the State Election Commission wants to remind everyone of the upcoming voter registration deadline for the Democratic PPP and urge those already registered to update their information.

TO VOTE IN THE DEMOCRATIC PPP, YOU MUST BE REGISTERED BY JANUARY 27

Voter Registration Deadlines for PPP Fast Approaching

Posted on: Tue, 01/19/2016 - 13:00 By: cwhitmire

Register Online at scVOTES.org

COLUMBIA, S.C. (January 19, 2016) - To help ensure voters are prepared for the upcoming Presidential Preference Primaries (PPPs), the State Election Commission wants to remind everyone of the upcoming voter registration deadlines and urge those already registered to update their information.

TO VOTE IN THE REPUBLICAN PPP, YOU MUST BE REGISTERED BY JANUARY 20.

TO VOTE IN THE DEMOCRATIC PPP, YOU MUST BE REGISTERED BY JANUARY 27.  

State Senate District 45 Special Election

Posted on: Tue, 10/20/2015 - 15:47 By: cwhitmire

October 20, 2015 - Allendale, Beaufort, Charleston, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties

OFFICIAL RESULTS

 Candidate  Allendale  Beaufort  Charleston  Colleton  Hampton  Jasper  TOTAL  PERCENT
 Margie Bright Matthews, Democratic WINNER 212 878 922 1,186 1,113 1,452 5,763 88.5%
 Al Fernandez, Republican 24 89 76 68 73 420 750 11.5%
 Write-ins  0  0  0  1 1  0  2  0.0%

 

Important Dates & Deadlines

Noon, Friday, July 3 - Filing Opens

SEC Moving to 1122 Lady Street

Posted on: Wed, 10/14/2015 - 16:15 By: cwhitmire

COLUMBIA, SC (October 14, 2015) - The State Election Commission is moving to 1122 Lady Street, Suite 500, Columbia, SC, 29201.  Operations will begin at the new location on Monday, October 26.

Only the street address of the agency will change.  The mailing address, telephone numbers, fax number, and email addresses will remain the same.

Current contact information (through 10/23):

2221 Devine Street, Suite 105, Columbia, SC, 29205
P.O. Box 5987, Columbia, SC, 29250
Tel:  (803) 734-9060
Fax:  (803) 734-9366
elections@elections.sc.gov
www.scvotes.org

New contact information (beginning 10/26):

1122 Lady Street, Suite 500, Columbia, SC, 29201
P.O. Box 5987, Columbia, SC, 29250
Tel:  (803) 734-9060
Fax:  (803) 734-9366
elections@elections.sc.gov
www.scvotes.org

National Voter Registration Day is September 22

Posted on: Fri, 09/18/2015 - 16:01 By: cwhitmire

National Voter Registration Day 2015

National Voter Registration Day 2015

Register Online at scVOTES.org

COLUMBIA, S.C. (September 18, 2015) - The South Carolina State Election Commission, along with Americans across the nation, will be celebrating National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) on Tuesday, September 22, 2015.  This is a nationwide effort to register voters before upcoming elections in November.  Celebrate democracy in America by encouraging individuals to exercise one of our most basic rights:  the right to vote!

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