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About the SEC

Mission Statement

The mission of the State Election Commission is to ensure every eligible citizen has the opportunity to register to vote and participate in fair and impartial elections with the assurance that every vote will count.

Commission Members

John Wells, Chair

JoAnne Day

Clifford J. Edler

Linda McCall

Scott Moseley

Five members, at least one of whom shall be a member of the majority political party and at least one member of whom shall be a member of the largest minority political party represented in the General Assembly, are appointed by the Governor for four year terms. The State Election Commission holds monthly meetings which the public are invited to attend.

Street Address Mailing Address Telephone
State Election Commission
1122 Lady Street, Suite 500
Columbia, SC 29201
State Election Commission
P.O. Box 5987
Columbia, SC 29250-5987
Main: (803) 734-9060
Fax: (803) 734-9366


Office Hours:  Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., excluding state holidays.

Reminder: Most election questions can be more directly answered by contacting your county voter registration and elections office.


Interm Executive Director: Howard M. Knapp
Director of Voter Services: Howard M. Knapp
Director of Public Information: Chris Whitmire
Director of Finance and Administration: LaToria Williams
General Counsel: Vacant


Quick Facts

  • Each year South Carolina holds approximately 300 elections.
  • South Carolina was the first state to have a statewide voter registration system.
  • South Carolina was the second state to provide online access to its voter registration database to all county boards of voter registration.
  • If you are a registered voter and you cannot go to the polls to vote on election day, you may be eligible to vote using an absentee ballot
  • Nearly 18,000 poll managers serve throughout South Carolina in a statewide General Election.
  • South Carolina was the first state to have its voter registration application on the Internet.
  • Husbands and wives cannot vote together in the same voting booth.
  • Party primary elections, conducted by the county election commissions, are held to determine who will be that party's nominee.
  • Polls open at 7:00 am and remain open until 7:00 pm.
  • You may obtain the names of your elected officials and polling place by contacting your county voter registration office.
  • A person who does not live within the municipality, but who owns property within the municipality, would not be considered a resident for the purpose of voting in a municipal election.
  • A person who was not qualified to vote in the first election for failure to register 30 days prior to an election is not qualified to vote in that election's subsequent run-off.