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New Changes to Absentee Voting in Effect for June 14 Primaries

COLUMBIA, SC (May 18, 2022) – On May 13, 2022, Governor McMaster signed into law legislation passed by the General Assembly that establishes early voting and makes significant changes to the absentee voting process.  The State Election Commission wants voters to be aware of how these changes affect absentee voting in the June Primaries.


The following is a list of some of the more significant changes to the process.  For complete details and to see the new absentee process step-by-step, visit the Absentee Voting page at scVOTES.gov.

Voters Encouraged to Register to Vote, Update Address Before Deadline

COLUMBIA, S.C. (May 11, 2022) – To help ensure voters are prepared for the 2022 Statewide Primaries on June 14, the State Election Commission wants to remind everyone of the fast-approaching voter registration deadlines and urge those already registered to update their information.  With only a few days left before the deadline, now is the time to make sure you are registered to vote. 

DON’T WAIT! REGISTERING TO VOTE HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER.

SEC Releases Comprehensive Election Integrity Resource

COLUMBIA, S.C. (March 15, 2022) – The South Carolina State Election Commission (SEC) today released a comprehensive booklet that outlines every step taken to ensure secure, accurate and accessible elections. This resource is the first of its kind to be created to help both decision makers and the general public better understand how the state’s election system works.


“We’re excited to launch this new public guide to the laws and procedures that govern our elections,” said SEC Executive Director, Howard Knapp. “Voters deserve to know how our elections work , how they are kept secure, and why they should trust the integrity of election results.”


The booklet covers a variety of topics including cybersecurity, voter registration list maintenance, voting system security, voter verification, poll manager responsibilities, absentee voting, ballot reconciliation, election audits and election crimes.  The SEC plans to update the document as election laws and SEC policies and procedures evolve so that it remains a current resource into the future.

Partisan Candidate Filing Period Opens March 16

COLUMBIA, SC (March 9, 2022) – The 2022 partisan candidate filing period opens noon, March 16 and closes noon, March 30.  All partisan candidates seeking office in the 2022 General Election must file during this period. 

Candidate Tracking System: See who filed in real time, view documents, download data.

Locations:

  • Federal, statewide, and multi-county offices - State Election Commission (SEC).
  • State House of Representatives - SEC or County Board in County of Residence.
  • Various County-Level Offices - County Board.

Hours: Regular business hours during the filing period.

SEC Selects Executive Director

COLUMBIA, S.C. (January 28, 2022) – The S.C. State Election Commission on Thursday voted unanimously to name Howard M. Knapp as Executive Director of the agency.  The selection of Knapp ends a three-month appointment process that began in October 2021.  The Executive Director serves as the state’s chief election official and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the agency.

Prior to becoming Executive Director, Knapp served as the Interim Executive Director and Director of Voter Services. In his role as Director of Voter Services, Knapp was responsible for information technology, cyber security, support of the statewide voting system, the agency’s Area Representatives, and the agency’s election audit initiatives and processes.

State House District 18 Special Election

May 24, 2022 – Greenville County

Special Election Results

Primary Results

Important Dates & Deadlines

Filing Opens:  Noon, Friday, January 21

Filing Closes:  Noon, Saturday, January 29

Find candidate names and information

February 20 - Voter Registration Deadline for Primary (mail-in voter registration forms will be accepted if postmarked by Tuesday, February 22)

March 22 - Primary (if necessary)

April 5 - Primary Runoff (if necessary)

April 24 - Voter Registration Deadline for Special Election (mail-in voter registration forms will be accepted if postmarked by Monday, April 25)

May 24 - Special Election

Candidate Filing Information

State House District 97 Special Election

May 17, 2022 – Berkeley, Colleton and Dorchester Counties

Special Election Results

Primary Results

Important Dates & Deadlines

Filing Opens:  Noon, Friday, January 7

Filing Closes:  Noon, Saturday, January 15

Find candidate names and information

February 6 - Voter Registration Deadline for Primary (mail-in voter registration forms will be accepted if postmarked by Monday, February 7)

March 8 - Primary (if necessary)

March 22 - Primary Runoff (if necessary)

State Senate District 31 Special Election

March 29, 2022 - Florence and Darlington Counties

Primary Results

Special Election Results

Important Dates & Deadlines

Filing Opens:  Noon, Friday, December 3, 2021

Filing Closes:  Noon, Saturday, December 11

Find candidate names and information

December 26 - Voter Registration Deadline for Primary (mail-in voter registration forms will be accepted if postmarked by Monday, December 27)

January 25, 2022 - Primary

February 27 - Voter Registration Deadline for Special Election (mail-in voter registration forms will be accepted if postmarked by Monday, February 28)

March 29 - Special Election

Candidate Filing Information

Absentee Voting for Municipal Election Day Underway

COLUMBIA, S.C. (October 7, 2021) – Absentee voting is underway at county elections offices throughout the state for local elections held on November 2nd. The State Election Commission (SEC) would like to remind voters that that the special provisions for absentee voting in effect for the 2020 General Election have expired and a qualifying reason (listed below) is required to vote absentee in any election in South Carolina.

See a list of all upcoming municipal elections in 2021.

Qualified to vote absentee? Vote in person or by mail:

In Person

Step 1: Visit your county elections office up until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 1.  

Step 2: Complete an application.

Voter Registration Deadlines for Municipal Election Day Fast Approaching

COLUMBIA, S.C. (September 29, 2021) – To help ensure voters are prepared for Municipal Election Day (November 2nd), the State Election Commission wants to remind everyone of the upcoming voter registration deadlines and urge those already registered to update their information.

With over 200 local elections being held in South Carolina on Municipal Election Day, now is the time to make sure you are registered to vote.  See a list of all upcoming elections in 2021.

YOU MUST BE REGISTERED BY THE DEADLINE TO VOTE ON MUNICIPAL ELECTION DAY.

Anyone not currently registered to vote in their county of residence must register by the deadline, including those in the following categories:

September is National Voter Registration Month

COLUMBIA, SC (September 1, 2021) – The South Carolina State Election Commission, along with election officials across the country, are celebrating National Voter Registration Month this September. During the month, state and local election officials are encouraging South Carolinians to register to vote and update their address.  September 28th will be highlighted as National Voter Registration Day.

With over 200 local elections being held in South Carolina on Municipal Election Day (November 2nd), now is the time to make sure you are registered to vote.  See a list of all upcoming elections in 2021.

YOU MUST BE REGISTERED BY OCTOBER 3rd TO VOTE ON MUNICIPAL ELECTION DAY.

Registering to vote has never been easier:

SC Election Commission Members Thank Voters, Election Officials Following a Record-Setting 2020 General Election

COLUMBIA, SC (November 18, 2020) – The five members of the SC State Election Commission today approved a resolution of thanks and appreciation to voters for their patience and enthusiasm and to county and state election officials and volunteers for their unwavering commitment to creating and enacting plans to provide safe and accessible registration and voting opportunities for every citizen.

“Faced with extraordinary challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, state and county election officials worked tirelessly to adapt to new voting laws and set up safe voting processes,” said John Wells, Chairman of the State Election Commission. “As a result, the 2020 General Election was conducted safely and securely, all while seeing the largest number of voters in South Carolina election history. We thank the voters across South Carolina for their patience and enthusiasm under unprecedented circumstances.”

Absentee by Mail Printing Error Will Delay Results in Dorchester County

COLUMBIA, SC (November 3, 2020) – Due to a printing error by the ballot printing vendor, Dorchester County absentee by mail ballots are unable to be tabulated using ballot scanners.  All ballots will be counted, and this does not impact the integrity of the election.  However, unofficial results of by mail ballots in Dorchester County will not be available tonight.  Results of in-person absentee ballots and election day ballots are unaffected.

It is too early to know when the results will be tabulated, but the SEC is working with elections officials in Dorchester County to count the ballots accurately and completely.

This issue only impacts the approximately 14,600 by mail ballots issued by Dorchester County.