School Board of Trustees District 4 Special Election

This notice is to the residents of the Pickens County School Board of Trustees District 4 (Liberty Area) that the Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission will conduct a special election on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 to fill the unexpired term of District 4 Trustee Ben Trotter.  Mr. Trotter submitted his irrevocable written resignation from office on Thursday, January 2, 2014 to be effective February 1, 2014.  His resignation can be viewed HERE.

This is a non-partisan election and no party affiliation shall be placed on the ballot. The following office shall be included in this election: Pickens County School District 4 Trustee.

Registered voters who live in and are a resident of this district may file as a candidate beginning at Noon on Friday January 17, 2014 until filing closes at Noon on Monday, January 27, 2014 at the Office of the Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission (inside the Pickens County Administration Facility 222 McDaniel Ave B-9 Pickens SC 29671) during normal business hours.  At the time of filing, each candidate must submit a completed Statement of Intention of Candidacy form and pay the filing fee of $100.  Checks must be made payable to the Pickens County Treasurer.

The Statement of Intention of Candidacy can be downloaded from the Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission’s website:  HERE

The Equal Access to the Ballot Act (A61, R74, S2) took effect July 3, 2013.  Citizens no longer need to provide a paper printout of their Statement of Economic Interests (SEI) at the time of filing to become a candidate.  Candidates are still required to file an SEI online during the candidate filing period with the State Ethics Commission; however, candidates are no longer required to present a copy of the SEI at the time of filing.  The filing of the SEI has no bearing on a candidate’s ballot access.  If a candidate fails to properly file an SEI (or campaign disclosure), the candidate may be fined by the State Ethics Commission but may not be denied ballot access.  This change applies to all candidates in all elections.

In accordance with SC Code of Laws 7-13-190 (E), no special election shall be held if only one candidate files during the above filing period and no person has filed a written declaration to be a write-in candidate with the Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission by Noon on Monday, February 10, 2014.  The Write-in Statement of Intention of Candidacy Form can be downloaded from the Pickens County Registration & Election Commission’s website:  HERE.   There is no filing fee to be a write-in candidate.  A write-in candidate’s name does not appear on the ballots (voters’ must use the “write-in” option on their ballot and write/type a write-in candidate’s name on their ballot).

Additional information about this election may be found at the Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission’s website http://pickenselections.org/ or by contacting the commission by phone (864-898-5948 or 864-898-5949) or email (elections@co.pickens.sc.us).

Download Candidate Filing Forms Below

Candidate Filing Documents:
Statement of Intention of Candidacy Form
Important Reminders Form
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Write-in Candidate Filing Documents:
Write-in Statement of Intention of Candidacy Form
Important Reminders Form
 
 
Candidate filing closed January 27th at Noon, the following candidates have filed:
Candidate filing is now closed. 
 
Bob Folkman
200 Loch Lomond Dr
Pickens, SC 29671
864-507-0279 (Home)
864-630-9515 (Cell)
843-509-6514 (Work)
folkmanbob@yahoo.com
View Filing Documents Here
Filed January 17, 2014 at 2:10 pm
 
Brian D Swords
142 Orchard Drive
Liberty, SC 29657
864-843-3232 (Home)
864-221-3642 (Cell)
brian@swords4schoolboard.org
View Filing Documents Here
Filed January 17, 2014 at 3:22 pm
 
Bonita Thomas Holland
108 Emerald Court
Liberty, SC  29657
865-915-4090 (Cell)
bonitaholland@bellsouth.net
View Filing Documents Here
Filed January 21, 2014 at 4:08 pm
 
Roy Costner
186 Liberty Hwy.
Liberty, SC  29657
864-843-3139 (Home)
864-270-3675 (Cell)
royb3@aol.com
View Filing Documents Here
Filed January 23, 2014 at 12:02 pm
 
Kathy Powell (withdrew from election)
100 Stadium Heights Lane
Liberty, SC  29657
864-843-6030
kathyhpowell@gmail.com
View Filing Documents Here
Withdrawal Letter Here
Filed January 24, 2014 at 11:44 am
 
Every person offering to vote in this election must be duly registered on the County Books of Registration, as an elector and a resident of the School Board Trustee District 4. The last day to register to vote for this special election will be Saturday, March 1, 2014. To register to vote in Pickens County or update your address and/or other voter registration information:

  • Visit the Office   of the Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission at 222 McDaniel Ave Pickens, SC 29671. The office is open Monday through Friday      from 8am to 5:00pm.
  • Visit our website:      http://pickenselections.org/

The following precincts and polling places will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.  Only registered voters inside School Board Trustee District 4 are eligible to vote.

127 Skelton-Tri City Baptist Church -1401 Griffin Mill Rd. Easley, SC  29640

128 Rices Creek-Liberty First Baptist Church-403 Edgemont Ave. Liberty, SC  29657

129 West Liberty-Calumet Baptist Church-400 S. Peachtree St. Liberty, SC  29657

130 East Liberty-Eastside Baptist Church 920 Anderson Dr. Liberty, SC  29657

131 Flat Rock-Flat Rock Baptist Church-115 Slab Bridge Rd. Liberty, SC  29657

132 Zion- Emeritus at Countryside-706 Pelzer Hwy. Easley, SC  29642

133 Smith Grove-Smith Grove Baptist Church-1220 Smith Grove Rd. Easley, SC  29640

134 Arial Mill-Arial Mill Baptist Church-618 Rice Rd. Easley, SC  29640

155 North Liberty-Liberty United Methodist Church -310 Mae St. Liberty, SC  29657

156 Pendleton-Grace Baptist Church-930 N. Old Pendleton Rd. Liberty, SC  29657

157 Fruit Mountain-Jones Avenue Baptist Church-614 Ross Ave. Easley, SC  29640

All voters will be asked to show one of the following Photo IDs at your polling place Tuesday, April 1, 2014:

  • S.C. Driver’s License
  • ID Card issued by S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles
  • S.C. Voter Registration Card with Photo
  • Federal Military ID
  • U.S. Passport

If you do not currently have one of the Photo IDs above, you can make your voting experience as fast and easy as possible by getting one free of charge:

  • Get a voter registration card with a photo from the      Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission by simply providing      your date of birth and the last four digits of your Social Security Number      (if already registered to vote), or by asking our office staff for one      when registering.
  • Get a DMV ID card at a local      DMV office. Check with DMV or scdmvonline.com for required documents.

If you have a reasonable impediment to obtaining Photo ID, you may vote a paper provisional ballot after showing your non-photo voter registration card. A reasonable impediment is any valid reason, beyond your control, which created an obstacle to obtaining Photo ID. Some examples include:

  • Religious objection to being photographed
  • Disability or illness
  • Work schedule
  • Lack of transportation
  • Lack of birth certificate
  • Family responsibilities
  • Any other obstacle you find      reasonable

To vote under the reasonable impediment exception:

  1. Present your current, non-photo registration card at the polling place
  2. Sign an affidavit stating why you could not obtain a Photo ID
  3. Cast a provisional ballot that will be counted unless the Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission has reason to believe your affidavit is false.

If you do NOT have Photo ID and do NOT have a reasonable impediment to obtaining one, or you simply forgot to bring it with you to the polls, you may still vote a paper provisional ballot. However, for your vote to be counted, you must provide one of the Photo IDs to the Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission prior to certification of the election at 9:00am on Thursday, April 3, 2014.

The processing of absentee ballots will begin at 9:00am on election morning, April 1, 2014, in the Office of the Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission inside the Pickens County Administration Facility located at 222 McDaniel Ave, Pickens, SC 29671.

The provisional ballot hearing and canvass for this special election will be held Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 9:00am in the Office of the Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission inside the Pickens County Administration Facility located at 222 McDaniel Ave, Pickens, SC 29671.

Registered electors who cannot vote in person may be eligible to vote by absentee ballot. Absentee ballot application requests can be made by going to our website: http://pickenselections.org/absentee-application-request/

Absentee ballot application requests can also be made by calling 864-898-5948 or 864-898-5949, sending an email to elections@co.pickens.sc.us, or by coming in-person to the Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission in the Administrative Facility located at 222 McDaniel Ave. B-9 Pickens, SC 29671.

For more information concerning this special election, please go to our website: http://pickenselections.org/.  You may also contact the Pickens County Registration and Elections Commission at 864-898-5948 or 864-898-5949.

-Rodney W. Allen, Executive Director
Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission