New Photo ID Requirements - What Voters in November 5th Elections Need to Know

Posted on: Tue, 10/29/2013 - 11:10 By: cwhitmire

COLUMBIA, SC (October 29, 2013) - Voters need to be aware of new rules for showing Photo ID at the polls in the various local elections being held throughout the state on November 5, 2013.  Under the new rules that took effect on January 1, 2013, all voters will be asked to provide one of the following types of Photo ID at their polling place:

  • S.C. Driver's License
  • S.C. DMV Identification 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.

Voters who forget to bring their ID with them to vote may vote a provisional ballot that will count only if they show their Photo ID to the election commission prior to certification of the election.  Most municipal elections are certified on Thursday, but specific certification dates and times will vary by election.  Voters casting provisional ballots will be given notice of the specific date and time of the certification hearing.

State Senate District 42 Special Election

Posted on: Tue, 10/01/2013 - 17:01 By: cwhitmire

October 1, 2013 - Charleston & Dorchester Counties


Candidate Charleston Dorchester Total Percent
Billy Shuman, Republican 1,463 33 1,496 19.0%
Alex Thornton, Libertarian 97 1 98 1.2%
Marlon Kimpson, Democratic WINNER 6,189 79 6,268 79.7%
 Write-in  6  0  6  <0.1%







Democratic Primary Results

Democratic Primary Runoff Results

New Candidate Filing Rules

Posted on: Fri, 08/16/2013 - 13:56 By: cwhitmire

Recent changes in state law have resulted in two major changes to the way candidates file for office.

1. Candidates for partisan office now file with election commission.

All candidates for partisan federal, state, and county-level offices now file with either the State or county election commission. This change in state law has no effect on the location of filing for nonpartisan offices, such as most school boards and municipal offices.

Click here for a one-page instruction sheet for partisan candidate filing.

Click here to download the new Statement of Intention of Candidacy/Party Pledge form.

 2. Candidates no longer need to provide a Statement of Economic Interests (SEI) at the time of filing.

U.S. House of Representatives District 1 Special Election

Posted on: Fri, 03/15/2013 - 13:00 By: cwhitmire

Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester Counties

Special Election Results - May 7, 2013

Republican Primary Runoff Results - April 2, 2013

Republican Primary Recount Results - March 22, 2013 

Republican & Democratic Primary Results - March 19, 2013


Mark Sanford, Republican

Elizabeth Colbert Busch, Democratic

Elizabeth Colbert Busch, Working Families

Eugene Platt, Green

Press Releases:

May 6, 2013 - Photo ID - What U.S. House District 1 Voters Need to Know

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.


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.

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