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:
- Go to your county voter registration and elections office, complete an application, and vote absentee in person.
- In-Person absentee voting ends at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28.
If you have a mail-in absentee ballot and have not returned it yet:
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?
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.”
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
Julian Castro - Withdrew, name will NOT appear on ballot
John K. Delaney - Withdrew, name will appear on ballot
Deval Patrick - Withdrew, name will appear on ballot
Marianne Williamson - Withdrew, name will NOT appear on ballot
Andrew Yang - Withdrew, name will appear on ballot
City of Belton, City Council Ward 4
- Josh Stephenson
- Kimberley Stevens
City of Charleston, Mayor
- Mike Seekings
- John Tecklenburg
Town of Moncks Corner, Town Council (Unexpired Term)
- Johna Bilton
- DeWayne Kitts
City of Charleston, Mayor
- Mike Seekings
- John Tecklenburg
City of Charleston, City Council District 3
- James Lewis Jr
- Jason Sakran
City of Darlington, City Council
- Ernest L Boston Sr
- Howard J Nettles
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
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.”
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:
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.
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.
COLUMBIA, SC (November 2, 2018) – As of today, more than 260,000 absentee ballots have been issued statewide, and more than 230,000 absentee ballots have been returned. For the 2014 General Election, the last midterm, approximately 157,000 absentee ballots were cast, which was the previous record for absentee voting in a midterm election. Absentee numbers will continue to increase as voters will have additional opportunities to vote absentee in person on Saturday and Monday before the General Election on Tuesday.
County election offices will be open statewide for in-person absentee voting on
- Saturday, November 3, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
- Monday, November 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
To vote absentee in-person, visit your county elections office, complete an application, and cast your ballot.
Absentee by Mail:
COLUMBIA, SC (October 12, 2018) - Absentee voting for the November 6, 2018 General Election is underway at county elections offices throughout the state. As of this morning, approximately 45,000 voters had applied for absentee ballots statewide. At this point in the process in 2014, the last gubernatorial election, approximately 30,000 voters had applied for absentee ballots 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.
Voting Absentee In-Person:
- Visit your county elections office, complete an application, and cast your ballot.
- Available until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 5.
Voting Absentee by Mail:
COLUMBIA, S.C. (October 8, 2018) – Postcards are being mailed to South Carolina residents who are most likely eligible to vote but have not yet registered. These postcards are being sent today to approximately 950,000 South Carolina residents, encouraging them to register by October 17th so they can vote in the 2018 General Election.
The mailing was planned as part of South Carolina’s recent membership in the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC). ERIC is an organization operated by member states which uses motor vehicle, voter registration, and Social Security Administration data to improve the accuracy of voter registration lists. To join, member states are required to reach out by mail to residents who are likely eligible but not registered letting them know how and when to register to vote.