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National Voter Registration Day is September 24

COLUMBIA, SC (September 23, 2019) – The South Carolina State Election Commission, along with Americans across the nation, will be celebrating National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. This is a nationwide effort to register voters before upcoming elections in November.

The State Election Commission encourages all South Carolinians to exercise their right to vote in all elections, including the more than 180 local elections being held throughout the state on November 5. The first step to doing that is registering to vote. But it’s not only November; there’s an election happening nearly every Tuesday somewhere in the state.  Click here for a complete list of upcoming elections.

YOU MUST BE REGISTERED BY THE DEADLINE TO VOTE IN A NOVEMBER 5 ELECTION.

Registering to vote has never been easier:

State House of Representatives District 19 Special Election

August 20, 2019 - Greenville County

Special Election Results

Primary Results

Important Dates Deadlines

Noon, Friday, April 19 - Filing Opens

Noon, Saturday, April 27 - Filing Closes

Click Here for Candidate Tracking- Get candidate names and information (available after filing opens).

May 19 - Voter Registration Deadline for Primary

June 18- Primary

July 21 - Voter Registration Deadline for Special Election

August 20 - Special Election

Candidate Filing Information

SEC Statement on New Voting System Software Updates

COLUMBIA, SC (July 15, 2019) - The S.C. State Election Commission (SEC) is aware of recent reporting raising concerns over the fact the current version of ElectionWare runs on Windows 7, and Microsoft plans to discontinue general support of Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. South Carolina fully expects to be using a new version of ElectionWare that runs on Windows 10 for all elections in 2020.

The State of South Carolina recently procured a new paper-based voting system from Election Systems & Software (ES&S), which is being implemented in preparation for statewide use beginning January 1, 2020. The voting system consists of ExpressVote ballot-marking devices, ballot scanners/tabulators, and ElectionWare workstations, among other associated items. ElectionWare workstations are used to create ballots and to accumulate election results.

South Carolina Announces New Paper-Based Voting System

COLUMBIA, SC (June 10, 2019) – The state of South Carolina today announced the award of a contract for a new statewide voting system. After a lengthy evaluation of numerous proposals, an evaluation panel unanimously selected the Election Systems and Software (ES&S) ExpressVote voting system. The new paper-based system will replace the state’s aging paperless system that has been in place since 2004.DS200ExpressVote

State House of Representatives District 14 Special Election

April 23, 2019 - Greenwood and Laurens Counties

Special Election Results

Primary Results

Important Dates & Deadlines

Filing Opens:  Noon, Friday, December 28

Filing Closes:  Noon, Saturday, January 5

Click Here for Candidate Tracking - Get candidate names and information (available after filing opens).

January 20 - Voter Registration Deadline for Primary

February 19 - Primary

March 5 - Primary Runoff

March 24 - Voter Registration Deadline for Special Election

April 23 - Special Election

Candidate Filing Information

State Senate District 6 Special Election

March 26, 2019 - Greenville County

Special Election Results

Primary Results

Important Dates & Deadlines

Noon, Friday, November 30 - Filing Opens

Noon, Saturday, December 8 - Filing Closes

Click Here for Candidate Tracking - Get candidate names and information (available after filing opens).

December 23 - Voter Registration Deadline for Primary

January 22 - Primary

February 24 - Voter Registration Deadline for Special Election

March 26 - Special Election

Candidate Filing Information

Voting System Approval Status

Before any voting system is used in an election, it must be approved by the State Election Commission, which must examine and test the system to ensure the system may be accurately and efficiently used by voters in elections, as provided by law (S.C. Code 7-13-1620).  This approval is in addition to the requirement that the system be certified by a testing laboratory accredited by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.  Currently, the system must be certified to Voluntary Voting System Guidelines Version 1.0.

This approval does not mean a system will necessarily be used in elections outside of field testing.  The system must also be adopted for use by the State Election Commission (S.C. Code 7-13-1655).  A single system will be adopted for use following the procurement process.

The table below lists each voting system submitted and steps completed in the approval process.

Governor Proclaims 2019 as SEC 50th Anniversary Year

Governor Henry McMaster has proclaimed 2019 as S.C. State Election Commission 50th Anniversary Year throughout the state. He is encouraging all South Carolinians to celebrate the State Election Commission’s 50 years of ensuring eligible citizens have the opportunity to register to vote, the opportunity to participate in fair and impartial elections, and the assurance that their votes will count.

Read the Governor's Proclamation

Read more about the SEC's 50th Anniversary