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SEC Holds Election Security and Technology Workshop

Topics include election infrastructure security, voting system implementation and auditing methods

COLUMBIA, S.C. (August 8, 2018) – The S.C. State Election Commission (SEC) concluded its 2018 Election Security and Technology Workshop today in Columbia, S.C.  Approximately 150 election officials and county information technology staff from all 46 counties in the state attended the two-day workshop.  Attendees received valuable cybersecurity information and training, viewed the latest in voting system technologies and learned how other states are using paper ballot audits to confirm election results.

State House of Representatives District 58 Special Democratic Party Filing & Primary

August 14, 2018 - Horry County

This special filing period and special primary are being held pursuant to S.C. Code of Laws Section 7-11-55 after the death of the Democratic Party nominee for State House of Representatives District 58.  Because this candidate had opposition in the General Election, this special filing period is open to only Democratic Party candidates.  The nominee resulting from this special filing and primary will be a candidate on the November 8, 2016 General Election ballot.


No candidates filed during this Special filing period.

Important Dates & Deadlines

July 15 - Voter Registration Deadline for Primary

Noon, July 24 - Filing Opens

Noon, July 31 - Filing Closes

August 14 - Primary (if necessary)

August 28 - Primary Runoff (if necessary)

November 6 - General Election

Candidate Filing Information

2018 Primary Runoff Offices and Candidates


Democratic Primary

U.S. House of Representatives District 2
Sean Carrigan
Annabelle Robertson

U.S. House of Representatives District 4
Brandon P Brown
Doris Lee Turner

U.S. House of Representatives District 7
Mal Hyman
Robert Williams

State House of Representatives District 77
Kambrell Garvin
Joe McEachern

Chester County Council District 2
Chris Melvin
Mike Vaughn

Dillon County Council District 7
Stevie Grice
Corey Jackson

Marion County Council District 3
James P Gause
Tom Shaw

Marlboro County Council District 7
Steve Blackmon
R Chris Brown

Republican Primary

Henry McMaster
John Warren

Attorney General
Todd Atwater
Alan Wilson

U.S. House of Representatives District 4
Lee Bright
William Timmons

State House of Representatives District 5
Neal Collins
Allan Quinn

2018 Primary FAQs

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Q.  What candidates and/or offices are on the ballot today?
A.  The candidates and offices on a particular ballot will differ depending on the county and districts in which you reside and the primary in which you’re voting (Democratic or Republican).  To see the candidates that will appear on your ballot, visit and click “Get My Sample Ballot” in the mySCVOTES section of the homepage.

Q.  Where do I vote?
A.  At the polling place in your precinct.  Your precinct and polling place are listed on your voter registration card.  However, it’s possible your polling place may have changed since the card was issued.  To be sure of the location of your polling place:

2018 Primary Advisory Questions

The following nonbinding advisory questions will appear on ballots in the 2018 Statewide Primaries.  Voters will see only the questions for the party's primary in which they are voting.  Primary advisory questions are developed and certified to be placed on ballots by the political parties.  These questions are advisory in nature only and have no binding effect.

Democratic Primary

  1. Do you support passing a state law allowing doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to patients?
  2. Do you support passing a state law requiring the governor of South Carolina to accept all federal revenues offered to support Medicaid and Medicaid expansion efforts in the state?

Republican Primary

Voters Cast Absentee Ballots for June Primaries

COLUMBIA, SC (May 23, 2018) – Absentee voting for the Statewide Primaries is underway at county elections offices throughout the state.  As of today, nearly 15,000 absentee ballots have been issued statewide.  Voters who are age 65 and older, who will be on vacation, or who can’t go to the polls due to their job are all qualified to vote absentee.   If you meet one of these or any of the other qualifying reasons, you can vote early by absentee ballot.  The State Election Commission wants you to know how to vote absentee and the deadlines for doing so.

Two Ways to Vote Absentee:

In Person – Visit your county elections office, complete an application, and cast your ballot.  You may vote absentee in person up until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 11.

By Mail – Voters should consider U.S. Postal Service transit times in choosing to vote absentee by mail.  First class mail may take 2-5 days to arrive at its destination.

Voters Must Register by May 13 to Vote in Statewide Primaries

COLUMBIA, S.C. (May 9, 2018) – To help ensure voters are prepared for the June 12 Statewide Primaries and June 26 Primary Runoffs, the State Election Commission wants to remind South Carolinians of the fast-approaching voter registration deadline.


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

  • Anyone not registered who will be 18-years-old on or before November 6, 2018
  • Any voter who has moved to a new county and has not registered there
  • Anyone who has moved from another state and has not yet registered in South Carolina

If you are not sure whether you are registered to vote or whether your registration is current, visit and click “Check My Registration.”

Voters have various options to register before the deadline:

State House of Representatives District 69 Special Election

May 1, 2018 - Lexington County


Candidate Total Percent
Chris Wooten, Republican WINNER 506 88.0%
Write-ins 69 12.0%

Republican Primary

Republican Primary Runoff

Important Dates & Deadlines

Noon, Friday, December 29 - Filing Opens

Noon, Saturday, January 6 - Filing Closes

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

January 28 - Voter Registration Deadline for Primary

February 27 - Primary

March 13 - Primary Runoff

May is Voter Education Month

Governor Henry McMaster Declares May 2018 as Voter Education Month in South Carolina
SEC Urges Voters to be Ready to Vote in the June Primaries

COLUMBIA, SC (April 30, 2018) - State and local voter registration and elections officials are using the month of May to encourage voters to prepare for the Statewide Primaries on June 12 and the Primary Runoffs on June 26.

"During the month of May, election officials across the State of South Carolina are focused on encouraging voters to register to vote or update their addresses, educating voters on what they need to bring with them to the polls, and helping voters learn more about what offices and candidates will be on their ballot before they get to the voting booth," said Marci Andino, Executive Director of the S.C. State Election Commission.  "There are more than 3.2 million registered voters in South Carolina, however, there are an additional estimated 500,000 citizens who are eligible but not registered.”

2018 Election Information

2018 General Election Results


2018 General Elections FAQs - Frequently asked questions related to the 2018 General Election.

Get Your Sample Ballot - Find out what offices and candidates will be on your ballot

2018 Constitutional Amendment Question and Explanation

Securing South Carolina Elections - Read about what is being done to secure SC election infrastructure

What Voters Need to Know About Photo ID - Get details on SC's Photo ID Law

2018 Election Calendar - Important dates and deadlines