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Absentee Voting for June Primaries Underway

COLUMBIA, SC (May 23, 2014) - The State Election Commission wants voters to be aware of the procedures for voting by absentee ballot in the June 10 Statewide Primaries.  As of today, more than 13,000 absentee ballots had been issued statewide.  In comparison, approximately 23,000 absentee ballots were cast in the 2010 Statewide Primaries (the last Gubernatorial election year primary).

Qualified voters (reasons listed below) may vote absentee in person or by mail:

In Person - Visit your county voter registration office , complete an application, and cast your ballot.  You may vote absentee in person up until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 9.

By Mail -

Step 1: Get an absentee application in one of two ways:

May 10 Voter Registration Deadline Approaches

Register Online at

COLUMBIA, S.C. (May 5, 2014) - To help ensure voters are prepared for the June 10 Primaries, the State Election Commission wants to remind everyone of the upcoming voter registration deadline and urge those already registered to update their information.


  • If you have moved, make sure you are ready to vote by updating your registration.
  • If you have moved from one county to another, you must register in your new county by May 10 to be eligible to vote.
  • If you've moved within your county or changed your name recently, it will help ensure a smoother voting process for you - and your neighbors - by updating your information prior to June 10.

"Having an accurate voter record helps ensure a voter's eligibility to vote in an election," says Executive Director Marci Andino.  "It also reduces the potential for delays in the sign-in process at polling places - and that can have a significant impact on wait time for all voters."

May is Voter Education Month

SEC Urges Voters to Prepare for June 10 Primaries

Online voter registration and personal sample ballots now available to voters

COLUMBIA, SC (April 30, 2014) - State and local voter registration and elections officials are using the month of May to encourage voters to prepare for June Primaries and draw attention to innovations designed to increase registration and help educate voters on candidates.

Governor Nikki Haley has declared May as Voter Education Month.   State Election Commission Executive Director Marci Andino, county registration and elections officials and representatives of several advocacy organizations held a Statehouse press conference today to kickoff the month long effort to educate voters prior to the June Primaries.

2014 Candidate Filing Period Opens

Candidate Tracking System available at

COLUMBIA, SC (March 17, 2014) - The 2014 candidate filing process is proceeding smoothly today with partisan candidates filing for various offices at election commissions throughout the state.  Today marks the first full day of the filing period.  Nearly 300 candidates had filed by 4 p.m.

In response to more than 200 candidates being removed from ballots in 2012, the General Assembly passed the Equal Access to the Ballot Act.  The Act separated the ethics filing process from the candidate filing process and moved candidate filing from political parties to election commissions.  Candidates are still required to file ethics reports.  Failure to do so will result in fines but has no impact on the candidate's access to the ballot.

State House of Representatives District 93 Special Election

October 29, 2013 - Calhoun, Lexington, & Orangeburg Counties


Candidate Calhoun Lexington Orangeburg Total Percent
Charles Charlie Stoudemire, Republican 563 168  213 944 33.7%
Russell L. Ott, Democratic WINNER  1,214  159  486 1,859 66.3%
Write-in  0  0 0 0  0.0%




Click the candidate name to view the candidate's filing form.

Charles Charlie Stoudemire - Republican

New Photo ID Requirements - What Voters in November 5th Elections Need to Know

COLUMBIA, SC (October 29, 2013) - Voters need to be aware of new rules for showing Photo ID at the polls in the various local elections being held throughout the state on November 5, 2013.  Under the new rules that took effect on January 1, 2013, all voters will be asked to provide one of the following types of Photo ID at their polling place:

  • S.C. Driver's License
  • S.C. DMV Identification 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.

Voters who forget to bring their ID with them to vote may vote a provisional ballot that will count only if they show their Photo ID to the election commission prior to certification of the election.  Most municipal elections are certified on Thursday, but specific certification dates and times will vary by election.  Voters casting provisional ballots will be given notice of the specific date and time of the certification hearing.

State Senate District 42 Special Election

October 1, 2013 - Charleston & Dorchester Counties


Candidate Charleston Dorchester Total Percent
Billy Shuman, Republican 1,463 33 1,496 19.0%
Alex Thornton, Libertarian 97 1 98 1.2%
Marlon Kimpson, Democratic WINNER 6,189 79 6,268 79.7%
 Write-in 6 0 6 0.1%







Democratic Primary Results

Democratic Primary Runoff Results

New Candidate Filing Rules

Recent changes in state law have resulted in two major changes to the way candidates file for office.

1. Candidates for partisan office now file with election commission.

All candidates for partisan federal, state, and county-level offices now file with either the State or county election commission. This change in state law has no effect on the location of filing for nonpartisan offices, such as most school boards and municipal offices.

Click here for a one-page instruction sheet for partisan candidate filing.

Click here to download the new Statement of Intention of Candidacy/Party Pledge form.

 2. Candidates no longer need to provide a Statement of Economic Interests (SEI) at the time of filing.

U.S. House of Representatives District 1 Special Election

Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester Counties

Special Election Results - May 7, 2013

Republican Primary Runoff Results - April 2, 2013

Republican Primary Recount Results - March 22, 2013 

Republican & Democratic Primary Results - March 19, 2013


Mark Sanford, Republican

Elizabeth Colbert Busch, Democratic

Elizabeth Colbert Busch, Working Families

Eugene Platt, Green

Press Releases:

May 6, 2013 - Photo ID - What U.S. House District 1 Voters Need to Know