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

Beginning at noon today, check the Candidate Tracking System at scVOTES.org and select "2016 General Election."  Candidate names and copies of forms are posted online immediately as candidates file.

Where Candidates File

Office Where to File

U.S. Senate

U.S. House (All Districts)

Solicitor (Circuits 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 16)

2016 Candidate Filing Information

Posted on: Thu, 03/10/2016 - 11:52 By: cwhitmire

Who Must File

Any candidate seeking a political party's nomination for an office on the November 8, 2016, General Election ballot (except President) must file during the March Filing Period.  Click here for information on filing for President.

When to File

The filing period opens at Noon on March 16 and closes at Noon on March 30.

WARNING:  Filing closes at 12:00 p.m. sharp.  There are no exceptions to this rule.  The candidate must be present and ready to file before the clock strikes noon.  The SEC encourages candidates to consider all contingencies and plan accordingly to ensure this deadline is met. 

Filing Hours

State Election Commission

Wednesday, March 16: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Thursday - Friday, March 17-18: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday - Sunday, March 19-20: CLOSED

Monday - Friday, March 21-25: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 26: CLOSED

Sunday, March 27: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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

Download a Printable Copy of this FAQ

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

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