City of Liberty Special Municipal Election Information

The following precincts and polling places will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29th:

128 Rices Creek – Liberty Middle School – 310 W Main St. Liberty SC 29657

129Liberty I –Liberty First Baptist Church– 403 Edgemont Ave. Liberty, SC 29657

130Liberty II –Eastside Baptist Church– 920 Anderson Dr.Liberty, SC 29657

View the complete election notice here.

View Official Results Here


Frequently Asked Questions


Q. Who can vote in the municipal election today?

A. Every person offering to vote in this municipal election must be both:

  • registered on the County Books of Registration for Pickens County as an elector at least 30-days prior to the election
  • a resident of this municipality for at least thirty days prior to the date of election

Note: Annexations are not valid until the DOJ has pre-cleared them. An annexed area would have to be pre-cleared by the DOJ at least 30-days prior to the election for the registered voters in the area to be eligible to vote in the municipal election.


Q. What candidates and/or offices are on the ballot today?

A. Voters have the option of voting for Brian Petersen or to write-in another qualified person on their ballots.  Mac Gravely’s name appears on all the ballots; however, he has withdrawn his candidacy from the election.  Because the database for the machines was already made and ballots printed, it was not possible to remove his name from the ballot.


Q. Where do I vote?

A. At the polling place in your assigned precinct.   The following precincts and polling places will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29th:

128 Rices Creek – Liberty Middle School – 310 W Main St. Liberty SC 29657

129Liberty I –Liberty First Baptist Church– 403 Edgemont Ave. Liberty, SC 29657

130Liberty II –Eastside Baptist Church– 920 Anderson Dr.Liberty, SC 29657


Q. What hours will the polls be open?

A. Polling places are open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Anyone in line at 7:00 p.m. will be allowed to vote.


Q. What do I need to take with me to the polls to vote?

A. You will be required to show any one of the following items to vote:

•Voter registration card*
•Driver’s license
•ID card issued by the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles

*If you registered by mail, are voting for the first time since registering, and did not include identification with your application; you will not be allowed to vote with only your voter registration card. You must complete the voter registration process by providing one of the following IDs: Either a valid photo ID such as a driver’s license or DMV-issued ID card; or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address in the county.


Q. I’ve lost my voter registration card. Can I still vote?

A. Yes. Voters may also vote with their driver’s license or a DMV issued ID card. Voters may also get a replacement card from our office.


Q. I saw a candidate/member of candidate’s campaign at my polling place talking to voters. Can he do that?

A. Yes, but there are restrictions:

Inside the polling place: No campaigning is allowed. Candidates may be inside the polling place and talk to voters as long as they are not campaigning, intimidating voters, or interfering with the election process.

Within 200 feet of an entrance to a polling place: Candidates and campaign staff may campaign as long as they are not intimidating voters or interfering with the election process. However, no campaign literature, signs, or posters are allowed. Candidates are allowed to wear a badge no larger than 4.25″ x 4.25″ featuring only the candidate’s name and office sought. Candidates must remove their badge upon entering a polling place.

Outside 200 feet of an entrance to a polling place: does not fall under the jurisdiction of the poll clerk.


Q. A candidate is definitely campaigning while in the polling place, or there is campaign literature within 200 feet of the entrance. What can I do?

A. Inform the poll clerk immediately. If the issue is not resolved, contact our office and inform us of the situation (864-898-5948). We will address the complaint.


Q. Can candidates or their representatives take people to the polls to vote?

A. Yes.


Q. When and where will results be reported?

A. You can view the unofficial results live as they are reported in the Auditorium of the Pickens County Administration Building (222 McDaniel Ave Pickens, SC 29671).  You can also view the election results on our website, pickenselections.org, after all precincts have reported in.


Q. When is a recount necessary?

A. When the difference between any candidate declared nominated and any other candidate not declared nominated is 1% or less of the total votes cast for all candidates for that office, a recount is mandatory.


Q. Do employers have to give you time off to vote?

A. No. There is no state or federal law mandating that employers must give time off to employees to cast their vote. Voters who know they will not be able to visit the polls on Election Day should apply to vote absentee before the day of the election.


Q. Are there any laws about candidates posting their signs along the roadway?

A. Yes, there are several state laws addressing political signs on roadways, as well as county and municipal ordinances. See S.C. Code of Laws Sections 57-25-10, 57-25-140, and 7-25-210. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the entity that maintains the road (state, county, or municipality) to enforce applicable sign laws.  Please see our campaign signs page for more information.


Q. When I left the polls, I was asked to participate in an “exit poll.” Is this legal?

A. Exit polls are legal and participation is voluntary. They are NOT conducted by the State Election Commission or the county election commissions. Generally, polls may not be conducted inside the polling place, and we ask that voters not be approached before they have voted. If a voter feels threatened or intimidated by a pollster, it should be reported immediately to the precinct’s poll clerk.


Q. Where can I file a complaint about the election?

A. Any complaints regarding the election can be addressed to our office.  Call us at 864-898-5948 or 864-898-5949 or send an email to rodneya@co.pickens.sc.us.


Update
May 7, 2012

Mac Gravely has withdrawn his candidacy from the the Liberty City Council Special Election scheduled for May 29, 2012. Because the election database for the voting machines has been created and the ballots printed, it is not possible to remove his name from the ballots. A note stating he has withdrawn will be posted in each voting booth.

You may view his withdrawal letter here.


Update
April 9, 2012

The following candidates have filed for the City of Liberty Special election for City Council Ward 4 that will be held Tuesday, May 29, 2012.

Mac F Gravley
137 Norris Ave
Liberty, SC 29657
(864) 477-0818 (cell)
swoods@libertysc.com
View Statement of Candidacy

Brian Petersen
427 S Peachtree St
Liberty, SC 29657
(864) 346-4310 (cell)
(864) 843-3492 (home)
(864) 843-2802 (work)
brianp@expeditionloghomes.net
View Statement of Candidacy

In addition to these candidates, there will be a write-in space for citizens to enter a candidate not listed on the ballot.

Keep in mind that although the candidates for this office must reside in Liberty City Council Ward 4, all registered voters inside the incorporated city limits (who registered at least 30-days prior to the election) are eligible to vote in this election.


Original Post
March 12, 2012

Councilman Eric Boughman of Liberty City Council – Ward 4 resigned from his council position on March 5, 2012.  In accordance with SC Code of Laws 5-7-200(b) and 7-13-190, a special election shall be held on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 to fill his unexpired term as the City Council Member for Ward 4 which ends November 2015.  This is a non-partisan election and no party affiliation shall be placed on the ballot.  A runoff election, if necessary, shall be held Tuesday, June 12, 2012.

Registered voters who live in and are a resident of this municipality and ward may file as a candidate beginning at Noon on Friday, March 23 until filing closes at Noon on Monday, April 2, 2012.  Candidates will file with the City Clerk at the Liberty City Hall during normal business hours. At the time of filing, each candidate must complete a Statement of Intention of Candidacy Form, pay the $25 filing fee and present proof that they have filed their Statement of Economics Interests form online at the SC State Ethics Commission website (http://ethics.sc.gov).

In accordance with SC Code of Laws 7-13-190 (E), no special election shall be held if only one candidate files during the filing period and no person has filed a written declaration to be a write-in candidate with the City Clerk by Noon on Monday, April 16, 2012.

Candidate Filing Forms

Statement of Intention of Candidacy

Notice to File Campaign Disclosure Form

Electronic Filing Website of Economics Interests Form and Campaign Disclosure Form
***IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOUT FILING ETHICS FORMS: Paper forms are not accepted.  All candidates must file with the Ethics Commission online.  Neither the Pickens County Registration and Elections Commission nor the City of Liberty can provide you with  advice or instructions on filing your Statement of Economics Interests Form and Campaign Disclosure Form with the SC Ethics Commission.  If you require assistance, you must contact the SC Ethics Commission directly at (803) 253-4192.

Election Timeline

Candidate Filing Opens Noon on March 23

Candidate Filing Closes Noon on April 2

Write-in Candidate Filing Deadline (only applies if only one candidate has filed) Noon, April 16

Voter Registration Deadline April 28

Election Date – May 29

Runoff (if necessary) – June 12