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Witness Signature Now Required on Absentee By Mail Ballots for 2020 General Election

COLUMBIA, S.C. (September 24, 2020) – South Carolinians voting absentee by mail must now have their signatures on ballot return envelopes witnessed after the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals today issued an order reversing a lower court’s ruling.   On September 19th, the United States District Court ordered the witness requirement to be suspended for the 2020 General Election.  The Fourth Circuit order stays the District Court order.

The SEC will continue to the notify the public of any changes to the witness requirement through the media and at scvotes.gov.

Survey of 2020 Primary Voters Shows South Carolinians Confident in State's Elections

COLUMBIA, SC (September 10, 2020) – A survey conducted in June 2020 showed a large majority of South Carolinians who voted in the June 9 Statewide Primaries were confident in the accuracy of South Carolina's elections and were comfortable with the state's new paper-based voting system.

Voter Registration

South Carolina voters say the process of registering to vote is easy, with 65% saying it is very easy and an additional 28% saying it is somewhat easy.

Voting System

More than four in five (85%) say they are very (44%) or somewhat (41%) confident in the accuracy of South Carolina elections. This compares to roughly three in four (74%) who say they are very (35%) or somewhat (39%) confident in the accuracy of national elections.

Most voters are comfortable using South Carolina’s paper-based voting system (48% say they are very comfortable, with an additional 34% saying they are somewhat comfortable). Further, voters are confident in the accuracy of South Carolina’s paper-based voting system (38% say they very confident, with an additional 42% saying they are somewhat confident).

State House of Representatives District 107 Special Filing & Primary

August 18, 2020 - Horry County

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS

This special filing period and special primary and being held pursuant to S.C. Code of Laws Section 7-11-55 after the withdrawal of the Republican nominee for State House of Representatives District 107.  Because the candidate who withdrew was unopposed in the General Election, this special filing period is open to all certified political parties in South Carolina.  The nominee(s) resulting from this special filing and primary will be will appear on the November 3, 2020 General Election ballot for State House of Representatives District 107.

Important Dates & Deadlines

Noon, July 28 - Filing Opens

Noon, August 4 - Filing Closes

August 18 - Primary (if necessary)

September 1 - Primary Runoff (if necessary)

November 3 - General Election

Candidate Filing Information

State House of Representatives District 115 Special Election

August 11, 2020 - Charleston County

OFFICIAL RESULTS

Important Dates & Deadlines

Filing Opens:  Noon, Friday, April 17

Filing Closes:  Noon, Saturday, April 25

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

May 10 - Voter Registration Deadline for Primary

June 9 - Primary

June 23 - Primary Runoff

July 12 - Voter Registration Deadline for Special Election

August 11 - Special Election

Candidate Filing Information

Introducing scVOTES.gov

COLUMBIA, SC (June 30, 2020) – As of today, the State Election Commission’s voter education website has a new address:  scVOTES.gov.  The switch to the .gov domain name was made to help maintain the public’s trust in the information and services provided through the site.

Before the change, scVOTES.gov was scVOTES.org.  Having the .gov extension will help voters easily recognize the site as a trusted source of information.  Domain names using the .gov extension are regulated by the federal General Services Administration (GSA) meaning only verified federal, state and local governments can use a .gov address.  Voters will know when they see “scVOTES.gov,” they have arrived at the official website of the S.C. State Election Commission.

June 23 Runoffs for Statewide Primaries

Barnwell 

Sheriff (Dem)

Berkeley

State Senate District 39 (Dem)

State House of Reps District 99 (Rep)

Calhoun

State Senate District 39 (Dem)

Charleston

State House of Reps District 99 (Rep)

State House of Reps District 109 (Dem)

State House of Reps District 115 (Dem)

State House of Reps District 115 Special (Dem)

County Council District 3 (Dem)

Colleton

State Senate District 39 (Dem)

Dillon

Sheriff (Dem)

County Council District 1 (Dem)

County Council District 3 (Dem)

Dorchester

State Senate District 39 (Dem)

State House of Reps District 109 (Dem)

Florence

City of Florence Mayor (Dem)

Greenville

State House of Reps District 35 (Rep)

County Council District 21 (Rep)

Hampton

County Council at Large (Dem)

Horry

State Senate District 33 (Rep)

SEC Statement on Richland County Elections

The South Carolina State Election Commission (SEC) is disappointed with the conduct of yesterday’s primaries in Richland County. We know election officials and poll managers were faced with the extraordinarily difficult task of conducting an election in a pandemic. But yet again, voters were unnecessarily subjected to extreme wait times and confusion at polling places.


For the last several years, the SEC has worked to assist the Richland County Voter Registration and Elections Office (Richland Office) by providing training, guidance and recommendations aimed at improving outcomes. Unfortunately, those efforts have not produced the desired results. We, like the voters of Richland County, continue to be frustrated.

SEC Statement on June 9 Primaries

June 9, 2020

The South Carolina State Election Commission thanks our voters, poll managers and county election officials for the dedication shown today under extraordinary circumstances. 

“The passion and dedication of South Carolinians was on display at the polls today,” said Marci Andino, executive director of the South Carolina State Election Commission. “We’re grateful to voters for their patience as they waited to cast their ballots, and we want to thank the poll workers and election officials across the state for their tireless work in what has proved to be a long day under trying conditions.”

2020 Statewide Primaries Polling Place Relocations

Due to COVID-19, a number of polling places have been relocated or consolidated with other polling places for the June 9 and June 23 Statewide Primaries and Runoffs.

Click below to download the list of polling places that have moved for the Statewide Primaries and Runoffs.  If your county and precinct are not included in this list, you will vote at your normal location.  If you don't know your precinct name , check the "Regular Location (Moved From)" column to find your regular polling place then look in the "Location for 6/9/2020 Primaries (Moved To)" column to find where you vote today.

List of polling places moves for June Primaries and Runoffs

Click here for a complete list of precincts and polling places throughout the state.

Witness Signature No Longer Required on by Mail Ballots for June Primaries

COLUMBIA, S.C. (May 25, 2020) – As a result of a U.S. District Court order issued today, South Carolinians voting absentee by mail in the 2020 June Primaries and Runoffs are no longer required to have their signature witnessed on the ballot return envelope.  Election officials will accept and count all absentee ballots regardless of whether the envelope contains a witness signature, if otherwise valid.  Any ballots that may have already been returned without a witness signature will also be counted if otherwise valid. 

Voters are still required to sign and date the voter’s oath on the return envelope.  However, the “Signature of Witness” and “Address of Witness” spaces can be left blank.

The removal of the witness signature requirement applies only to the June 9 Primaries and June 23 Runoffs.

Click here for more on absentee voting.

Requirements to Challenge a Ballot

Poll managers, any voter, and any qualified watcher may challenge the vote of a person who may be known or suspected not to be a qualified voter. A challenge may also be made if you have good reason to believe the person has already voted or has become disqualified for any cause. Challenges of ballots cast in person in the absentee precinct and at the polling place on election day must be made prior to the voter casting the ballot.  No challenges can be made after that time.  All challenges must be addressed to poll managers and not directly to voters.  Challenges of absentee by mail ballots must be made prior to separating the ballot from absentee return envelope, which can begin as early as 9:00 a.m. on the day preceding the election.  Challenges in the absentee precinct are very rare because the voter has the opportunity to make address changes or otherwise correct his voting record with election officials before casting an absentee ballot.  If a challenged voter casts a provisional ballot, the challenger must appear or produce evidence at the provisional ballot hearing to sustain the challenge; otherwise, the ballot will be counted.  See S.C.

All Voters Can Now Vote Absentee in June Primaries, Runoffs

COLUMBIA, SC (May 13, 2020) – Every voter in South Carolina is now qualified to vote absentee in the June Primaries and Runoffs.  Governor McMaster today signed into law legislation passed yesterday by the General Assembly that authorizes any voter to vote absentee in any election in June 2020.  The provision expires on July 1, 2020 and does not apply to any elections after that date.

“This action by the General Assembly and Governor McMaster, which we greatly appreciate, will go a long way in protecting the health and safety of every South Carolinian,” said Marci Andino, Executive Director of the S.C. State Election Commission.   “All voters now have a safer alternative to voting at their polling place in June.”

All voters now have two options to exercise their right to vote in the 2020 Statewide Primaries and Runoffs.

Vote Absentee