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Time Running Out to Vote Absentee in 2020 Presidential Primary

COLUMBIA, SC (February 24, 2020) – The State Election Commission wants voters to be aware of upcoming deadlines for voting absentee in the Democratic Presidential Preference Primary.

If you still need to vote absentee:

If you have a mail-in absentee ballot and have not returned it yet:

2020 Presidential Preference Primary FAQs

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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 political party’s nominee for President in the general election.  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 a specific party’s nominating process, 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 is there no Republican Presidential Primary?

January 30 is Voter Registration Deadline for Democratic Presidential Primary

Make Sure You Are Registered and Your Information is Current

COLUMBIA, S.C. (January 24, 2020) – To help ensure voters are prepared for the February 29 Democratic Presidential Preference Primary, the State Election Commission wants to remind South Carolinians of the fast-approaching voter registration deadline.

YOU MUST BE REGISTERED BY THURSDAY, JANUARY 30
TO VOTE IN THE 2020 DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE PRIMARY.

Voters not currently registered to vote in their county of residence must register by the deadline, including citizens who:

  • Will be 18 years old on or before November 3, 2020 and have not registered.
  • Moved to a new county but did not register in the new county.
  • Moved from another state but did not register in South Carolina.

Voters should prepare for election day by checking to make sure their registration is current.  Visit scVOTES.org and click “Check My Registration.”

2020 Democratic Presidential Preference Primary Candidates

 

The following candidates were certified for the February 29, 2020 Democratic Presidential Preference Primary:

Michael Bennet - Withdrew, name will appear on ballot

Joseph R. Biden

Cory Booker - Withdrew, name will appear on ballot

Pete Buttigieg

Julian Castro - Withdrew, name will NOT appear on ballot

John K. Delaney - Withdrew, name will appear on ballot

Tulsi Gabbard

Amy Klobuchar

Deval Patrick - Withdrew, name will appear on ballot

Bernie Sanders

Tom Steyer

Elizabeth Warren

Marianne Williamson - Withdrew, name will NOT appear on ballot

Andrew Yang - Withdrew, name will appear on ballot

Municipal Runoffs - November 19, 2019

 

Anderson County

City of Belton, City Council Ward 4

  • Josh Stephenson
  • Kimberley Stevens

 

Berkeley County

City of Charleston, Mayor

  • Mike Seekings
  • John Tecklenburg

 

Town of Moncks Corner, Town Council (Unexpired Term)

  • Johna Bilton
  • DeWayne Kitts

 

Charleston County

City of Charleston, Mayor

  • Mike Seekings
  • John Tecklenburg

 

City of Charleston, City Council District 3

  • James Lewis Jr
  • Jason Sakran

 

Darlington County

City of Darlington, City Council

  • Ernest L Boston Sr
  • Howard J Nettles

 

Greenville County

City of Fountain Inn, Mayor

  • Sam Lee
  • G P McLear

 

City of Fountain Inn, City Council Ward 2

  • Mike Maier
  • Jay Thomason

 

City of Mauldin, Mayor

Voters Find Easy Transition to New Paper-Based Voting System

The November 5 elections were the first widespread use of the new voting system

COLUMBIA, S.C. (November 6, 2019) – Yesterday, thousands of voters in the more than 180 local elections in 40 counties cast their ballots on South Carolina’s new paper-based voting system. This was the first widespread use of the new system, and the S.C. State Election Commission is pleased to report the transition was a success. 

“Election officials across the state have worked tirelessly over the past four months implementing the new system, attending training and making preparations,” said Marci Andino, executive director of the State Election Commission. “Yesterday’s successful election is a testament to their hard work. This was a tremendous opportunity for both voters and election officials to make sure we’re ready for the first statewide elections on the new system in 2020.”

National Voter Registration Day is September 24

COLUMBIA, SC (September 23, 2019) – The South Carolina State Election Commission, along with Americans across the nation, will be celebrating National Voter Registration Day (NVRD) on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. This is a nationwide effort to register voters before upcoming elections in November.

The State Election Commission encourages all South Carolinians to exercise their right to vote in all elections, including the more than 180 local elections being held throughout the state on November 5. The first step to doing that is registering to vote. But it’s not only November; there’s an election happening nearly every Tuesday somewhere in the state.  Click here for a complete list of upcoming elections.

YOU MUST BE REGISTERED BY THE DEADLINE TO VOTE IN A NOVEMBER 5 ELECTION.

Registering to vote has never been easier:

South Carolina Announces New Paper-Based Voting System

COLUMBIA, SC (June 10, 2019) – The state of South Carolina today announced the award of a contract for a new statewide voting system. After a lengthy evaluation of numerous proposals, an evaluation panel unanimously selected the Election Systems and Software (ES&S) ExpressVote voting system. The new paper-based system will replace the state’s aging paperless system that has been in place since 2004.DS200ExpressVote

SEC Seeks New Statewide Voting System Solution

COLUMBIA, SC (December 7, 2018) - The State Election Commission (SEC) in conjunction with the State Fiscal Accountability Authority (SFAA) today released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for South Carolina’s next statewide voting system. The SEC is seeking a uniform, statewide voting system solution that features a paper record of each voter’s voted ballot to replace the current paperless system. The SEC expects to implement the new system by January 2020.

A new voting system will not only provide the state with a dependable system that will serve voters for years to come but will also improve the security and resilience of our election process. Having a paper record of each voter’s voted ballot will add an important layer of security as it allows for post-election audits of ballots to verify vote totals.

The SEC is issuing the RFP now to allow adequate time for evaluation of voting system proposals and subsequent implementation by January 2020. The SEC continues working with the S.C. General Assembly to acquire funding for this replacement effort.

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