2016 Candidate Filing Period Opens

Posted on: Wed, 03/16/2016 - 10:15 By: cwhitmire

Candidate Tracking System available at scVOTES.org

COLUMBIA, SC (March 16, 2016) - The 2016 March Filing Period opens at noon today throughout the state.  Any candidate seeking a political party's nomination for an office on the November 8, 2016, General Election ballot must file during the March Filing Period.  The filing period opens at noon today and closes at noon on March 30.  Filing deadlines for nonpartisan candidates are later this year.

See Who Has Filed

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:

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:


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.

Register by Wednesday to be Eligible for Democratic PPP

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

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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.


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