Candidates who wish to protest an election must do so by filing the protest with the appropriate authority prior to applicable deadlines. Protests must be filed in writing, with a copy for each candidate in the race, and must contain each ground concisely stated separately (7-17-30, 7-17-260).
Protests that are not filed with appropriate authorities by applicable deadlines may not be valid. Refer to the S.C. Code of Laws for detailed information on protests and appeals.
|Type of Office||Deadline to File Protest||Where to File||Who Hears Protest||When Protests are Heard||S.C. Code of Laws|
|Municipal||Within 48 hours of closing of polls||Chairperson, Municipal Election Commission (MEC).
If municipality has transferred duty to county, then the County Board of Voter Registration and Elections (County Board).
If municipality has transferred duty to county, then County Board.
|Within 48 hours of filing of protest||5-15-130|
|Countywide and Less Than Countywide||Noon, Wednesday following certification||Chairperson, County Board or County Sheriff||County Board||Monday following the deadline to file protest||7-17-30, 7-17-50|
|Federal, Statewide, Multi-County, State Senate and State House||Noon, 5 days following certification||Chairperson, State Election Commission (SEC) or Chief, State Law Enforcement Division||SEC||Not earlier than the 5th or later than the 25th day following receipt of protest||7-17-260,7-17-270|
Candidates for countywide or less than countywide office:
Protests must be filed with the chair of the county party executive committee not later than noon, Monday following the certification of results.
Candidates federal office, statewide office, State Senate, State House of Representatives, Solicitor, and multi-county offices:
Protests must be filed with the chair of the state party executive committee not later than noon, Monday following the certification of results.