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2016 Candidate Filing Period Opens

Candidate Tracking System available at

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 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)

NOTICE: The SEC office is in a new location: 

State Election Commission

1122 Lady St., Suite 500 

Columbia, SC  29201

State Senate (All Districts)

State House (All Districts)

Countywide Offices

Less-than-countywide Offices

County Board of Voter Registration & Elections

State Senate & State House Candidates file in the candidate's county of residence.


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 - Sunday, March 26-27: CLOSED

Monday - Tuesday, March 28-29: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 30: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

County Boards of Voter Registration & Elections

Contact your county board for specific hours.

NOTE:  Some county election offices may be closed on Good Friday, March 25.


Click here for more information on Candidate Filing.

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