Voter Registration Underway for Some 17-year-olds

Posted on: Wed, 03/17/2010 - 11:21 By: cwhitmire

COLUMBIA, S.C. (March 17, 2010) - Early registration is underway for all 17-year-old citizens who will turn 18-years-old on or before November 2, 2010.  Any 17-year-old who registers by May 8th will be eligible to vote in the June 8th State Primaries, even if they have not yet reached 18 years of age.


Voters must be registered by May 8, 2010 to vote in the June 8th State Primaries.

Voters must be registered by October 2, 2010 to vote in the November 2nd General Election.

This early registration allows those 17-year-old voters who are eligible to vote in the General Election to also participate in the political parties' nominating processes for the General Election. 

According to S.C. Code of Laws §7-5-180, those individuals who are not yet 18-years-old but will turn 18 before the next ensuing General Election, and who otherwise qualify to vote, have the right to register beginning 120 days prior to the closing of the books of a preceding primary.

SEC Sends Notice to Inactive Voters

Posted on: Wed, 05/06/2009 - 14:15 By: cwhitmire

COLUMBIA, S.C. (May 6, 2009) - In an ongoing effort to maintain the integrity of South Carolina's statewide voter registration list, the State Election Commission this week is sending notice to more than 120,000 inactive voters throughout the state.  The purpose of the postcard is to reach out to voters who haven't voted in the past four years to determine if they still reside at the address where registered. 

The vast majority of South Carolina's 2.6 million voters will be unaffected by the mailing.  Anyone who has voted in an election since November 2004 or registered to vote during that time will not receive the notice.  Anyone who has not voted since November 2004, about five percent of the state's registered voters, will receive the notice.

The SEC asks card recipients to respond by checking one of three boxes:

SEC Certifies 2008 General Election Results

Posted on: Wed, 11/12/2008 - 17:28 By: cwhitmire

COLUMBIA, S.C. - (November 12, 2008) - The State Election Commission met at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 12, 2008, as the State Board of Canvassers to certify the results of the November 4, 2008 General Election.  Official results can be found at here.   No recounts were necessary in any federal, state, or multi-county contests. 

Certification and Protest Schedules:





Nov. 7

County election commission, serving as the county board of canvassers, meets to canvass and certify election results. 


SEC Projects Record Turnout

Posted on: Tue, 11/04/2008 - 14:01 By: cwhitmire

COLUMBIAS.C. - (November 4, 2008) - As Election Day comes to a close, the South Carolina State Election Commission projects a record-breaking voter turnout. With an overwhelming number of voters participating in the voting process, the South Carolina State Election Commission estimates a record turnout that is likely to exceed the previous record set in 2004.

"This is a huge testament to the citizens of South Carolina and their ability to come together at this dynamic time," said Marci Andino, executive director of the South Carolina State Election Commission.  "The fact that this state has more than 2.5 million registered voters, most of whom participated in today's General Election, is monumental.  We appreciate their preparation, enthusiasm and patience as they went to the polls and cast their ballots today."

"More than 20,000 poll workers and election  officials across the state worked diligently in the months and weeks leading up to this election to ensure the day ran as smoothly as possible and we are thankful for their tireless efforts," added Andino. 

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