Candidates Representing More Than One Party (Fusion Candidates)

Each of the following requirements must be met for the name of a candidate to be placed on the ballot in a General Election as the nominee of more than one party for the same office:

  • The candidate must file a Statement of Intention of Candidacy/Party Pledge (SICPP) form between noon, March 16th and noon, March 30th with the appropriate election commission for at least one of the parties through which he wishes to gain ballot access.
  • The candidate must file an additional SICPP form with the appropriate election commission for each additional political party through which the candidate wishes to gain access. The additional SICPP form is not required to be filed during the March filing period.  The additional party would then nominate the candidate by convention and certify the candidate to the appropriate election commission by the noon, August 15, deadline for certification of candidates.  Candidates should check with political parties regarding dates and times of party conventions.
  • The candidate must not have been defeated in any primary or convention preceding the election.
  • Each party must certify the candidate to the appropriate election commission by noon, August 15th.
  • The candidate's name appears on the ballot once for each party nominating the candidate.
  • All votes for the candidate are added together to determine winners.

For more information see S.C. Code of Laws Sections 7-11-10, 7-11-15, 7-11-210, and 7-13-350.