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.

Voter Registration Deadline for Primaries Approaches

Posted on: Wed, 05/02/2012 - 14:46 By: cwhitmire

COLUMBIA, S.C. (May 2, 2012) - To help ensure the upcoming State Primaries run as efficiently as possible, the State Election Commission is reminding South Carolinians of upcoming voter registration deadlines and urging voters to update their information.

To vote in the Primaries on June 12th, you must be registered by May 12th.

Voters who have moved from one county to another must register in their new county.

TWO WAYS TO REGISTER:

1.    Visit your county board of voter registration and complete an application.

2.    Download a voter registration form, complete the form, and return it to your county voter registration office in one of the following ways:

  • In person by May 12 (check locally for Saturday hours)
  • By mail (must be postmarked by May 12)
  • By fax (must be received by May 12)
  • By email with signed form attached (must be received by May 12)

CHECK YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION

SEC Releases Findings on "Dead Voters" Investigation

Posted on: Thu, 02/23/2012 - 15:39 By: cwhitmire

Columbia, SC (February 23, 2012) - The S.C. State Election Commission (SEC) today released the findings of a partial review of information provided by the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) suggesting 953 votes were cast in the name of deceased voters.  Due to the size and scope of the task of examining every claim, the review was limited to 207 cases related to the 2010 General Election. 

In 197 of these instances, the records show no indication of votes being cast fraudulently in the name of deceased voters.  Research found each of these cases to be the result of clerical errors, bad data matching, errors in assigning voter participation, or voters dying after being issued an absentee ballot.  In 10 cases, the records were insufficient to make a determination.

The research related to these 207 cases has been provided to the S.C. Attorney General's office (AG) and the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED). The AG and SLED continue to examine all information related to the case.

SEC Executive Director Testifies on “Dead Voters” Claim

Posted on: Wed, 01/25/2012 - 14:01 By: cwhitmire

Columbia, SC (January 25, 2012) - S.C. State Election Commission Executive Director Marci Andino testified today before the House Election Laws Subcommittee on recent claims that more than 900 votes had been cast in the name of dead voters.

While the SEC has not yet been provided with all the information on which the claims are being made, the Attorney General's office has provided a small sample - six names from Abbeville County.   A review of the voter registration lists and signatures on the poll lists from the elections in question revealed that of these six:

Turnout Reports Vary Across South Carolina

Posted on: Sat, 01/21/2012 - 15:21 By: cwhitmire

Absentee voting is underway throughout South Carolina, and the State Election Commission wants to inform voters about associated procedures and deadlines.  Voters who meet one of the qualifying reasons listed below may cast an absentee ballot either in person or by mail.

In Person - Visit your county voter registration office, complete an application, and cast your ballot.  You may vote absentee in person up until 5:00 p.m., Friday, January 20th.

By Mail -

Step 1:  Contact your county voter registration office as soon as possible to request an absentee ballot application.  The request may be made in person or by phone, mail, email, or fax.

New Photo ID Requirements Blocked by DOJ, Rules for Voting Do Not Change

Posted on: Fri, 12/23/2011 - 14:07 By: cwhitmire

The U.S. Department of Justice today blocked implementation of a new law that would require South Carolina voters to present a photo ID in order to vote.  Identification requirements for voting will not change at this time.

Current law requires voters to present one of three items to vote at the polling place:

  • S.C. Driver's License
  • S.C. Identification Card issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles
  • S.C. Voter Registration Card

South Carolina is covered by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  Therefore, any change to election law must be approved (or "precleared") by the U.S. Department of Justice before it can be implemented or enforced.

December 21st Voter Registration Deadline Approaches

Posted on: Mon, 12/19/2011 - 18:03 By: cwhitmire

To help ensure voters are prepared for the upcoming Republican Presidential Preference Primary, the State Election Commission wants to remind everyone of the impending voter registration deadline and urge those already registered to update their information.

Those who wish to vote in the Republican Presidential Preference Primary on January 21 must be registered by Wednesday, December 21.  Voters who have moved from one county to another must be registered to vote in their new county by the deadline.

REGISTER:

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