2016 Statewide Primaries FAQs

Posted on: Tue, 06/07/2016 - 15:40 By: cwhitmire

Q.  What candidates and/or offices are on the ballot today?

A.   The candidates and offices on a particular ballot will differ depending on the county and districts in which you reside and the primary in which you're voting (Republican or Democratic).  To see the candidates that will appear on your ballot, visit scVOTES.org and click "Get My Sample Ballot" in the mySCVOTES section of the homepage.

Q.  Where do I vote?

A.   At the polling place in your precinct.  Your precinct and polling place are listed on your voter registration card.  However, it's possible your polling place may have changed since the card was issued.  To be sure of the location of your polling place:

  • Visit scVOTES.org and click "Find My Polling Place" in the mySCVOTES section of the homepage.
  • Call your county voter registration office.

Q.  What hours will the polls be open?

State Senate District 4 Special Election

Posted on: Tue, 05/17/2016 - 11:00 By: cwhitmire

May 17, 2016 - Abbeville, Anderson & Greenwood Counties


Candidate Abbeville Anderson Greenwood TOTAL PERCENT
Mike Gambrell WINNER 62 959 225 1,246 91.8%
Write-in  3  101  8  112  8.2%


Important Dates & Deadlines

Noon, Friday, January 22 - Filing Opens

Noon, Monday, February 1 - Filing Closes

Click Here for Candidate Tracking - Get candidate names and filing information. 

February 20 - Voter Registration Deadline for Primary

March 22 - Primary

April 5 - Primary Runoff 

April 16 - Voter Registration Deadline for Special Election

South Carolina Surpasses 3 Million Registered Voters

Posted on: Thu, 05/05/2016 - 16:39 By: cwhitmire

Get Registered by May 14 to Vote in State Primaries

COLUMBIA, S.C. (May 5, 2016) - South Carolina's voter registration rolls have grown to more than three million registered voters.  "It's never been easier to register to vote in South Carolina," said Marci Andino, Executive Director of the S.C. State Election Commission.  "With online voter registration, registration by mail, and registration at the Department of Motor Vehicles and other state agencies, South Carolinians have more opportunities than ever to get registered."  South Carolinians are also registering at higher rates than ever before.  More than three quarters (76.5%) of the state's voting age population is registered to vote.


Voting Age Population (18+)

Registered Voters

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

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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:


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


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

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