The mission of the Pickens County Registration and Elections Commission is to offer every county citizen the opportunity to register to vote and to conduct legal, fair and efficient elections so all citizens are assured their vote will be counted.
- Manages and conducts all federal, state, county, and municipal elections held within Pickens County
- Processes all county voter registration applications and change of address forms
- Maintains county voter registration records
- Validates signatures from petitions for candidates and new political parties
- Appoints and trains all poll clerks and poll managers
- Maintains county election equipment
- Publishes election notices
- Prints and distributes ballots
- Provides the proper number of voting machines for each polling place
- Accurately and publicly tabulates election results
- Certifies candidates and election results
- Hears protests of county and less than countywide elections, excluding some primaries
- Facilitates absentee voting for all federal, state, county, and municipal elections within the county
- Updates voter information and street address files after the re-drawing of precinct, county council, school trustee, and/or other district boundaries when needed due to growth in the population or following reapportionment
- Determines the voting locations of precincts with the approval of the Pickens County Legislative Delegation
The Commission consists of seven citizens, at least one of whom shall be a member of the majority political party and at least one member of whom shall be a member of the largest minority political party represented in the General Assembly, who are appointed by the Governor upon recommendation by the Pickens County Legislative Delegation for two year terms.
All meetings and hearings of the Commission shall be open to the public except where authorized pursuant to Freedom of Information Act, Section 30-4-70 of the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, as amended.
Regular Commission Meetings
The Commission normally meets the first Tuesday of every month, except December, at 4:30 PM in the Office of the Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission. Special meetings may be called by the Chairperson, acting Chairperson, or majority of the Commission, but no special meetings shall be held unless all members and the public are notified 24 hours in advance of such meeting as stated in the SC Freedom of Information Act.
Each regular or special Commission meeting will have public comment period. This is an opportunity for citizens to come before the Commission with various issues. Citizens who wish to speak during the public comment period do not have to register or signup in advance. Each person is limited to 5-minutes of speaking time. Maximum total public comment time is 20 minutes.
Should any person, group, or organization want to speak about any matter or issue at a regular or special meeting of the Commission and believe they may need more than 5-minutes of speaking time, such person, group, or organization should submit a written request to the Executive Director to place such matter on the agenda for the meeting by 12:00 Noon at least seven (7) days prior to the date set for such meeting. The request should state the specific matter or issue to be discussed, who will be speaking, and the amount of time anticipated to discuss the issue.
Registration Qualification Hearings
Any person may challenge a voter’s registration qualifications to the Commission. The challenge must be made in writing to the Commission. Within 10 days and after first giving notice to both the voter and the challenger, the Commission will hold a hearing. At the hearing the Commission will accept evidence and rule on whether the voter meets or fails to meet the registration qualifications. The Commission will notify the voter and the challenger in writing of their decision.
At the hearing, the commission may consider the following proof to establish residence including, but not limited to: income tax returns; real estate interests; mailing address; address on driver’s license; official papers and documents requiring the statement of residence address; automobile registration; checking and savings accounts; past voting record; membership in clubs and organizations; location of personal property; and the voter’s statement as to the intent to establish residency (7-5-230).
Provisional Ballot & Election Certification Hearings
The Commission, acting as the county board of canvassers, meets the Thursday or Friday following an election in the Auditorium inside the County Administration Facility to conduct a hearing for all provisional ballots cast and to certify the official results of the election.
Challenged voters are entitled to be present at this hearing and are entitled to be represented by legal counsel and to present evidence on their behalf. Voters who were challenged for not providing proper ID when registering to vote by mail must provide this ID prior to or at the provisional ballot hearing for their vote to be counted.
Persons who challenged a voter’s ballot (challengers) may be present at this hearing to present evidence and/or witnesses in support of their challenge. Prior to the hearing, they may present written evidence to the Commission in support of their challenge. If the challenger does none of these to support their challenge of the voter’s ballot, the ballot will be counted.
Election Protest Hearings
The Commission, acting as the county board of canvassers, will decide all cases under protest, in general, special, and municipal elections that may arise in the county in the case of a county or less than county office.
Candidates in a general election, in county or less than county office, may file a protest in writing with the Executive Director or Chair of the Commission, along with a copy for each candidate in the race, by noon Wednesday following the certification of the election results by the Commission. If the Executive Director or Chair is not available, the candidate may file the protest with the county Sheriff along with a copy for each candidate in the race. The Sheriff will take immediate steps to deliver these copies to the chair (7-17-30). The protest must contain each ground of protest concisely stated separately. The Chair of the Commission will serve a copy of the protest and provide a notice of the time and place of the protest hearing for each candidate in the protested race (7-17-30).
Candidates in a municipal election must file their protests in writing with the Executive Director or Chair of the Commission, with a copy for each candidate in the race, within 48 hours after the polls close (generally by 7 p.m. on Thursday). The protest must contain each ground of protest concisely stated separately. The Chair of the Commission will serve a copy of the protest and provide a notice of the time and place of the protest hearing for each candidate in the protested race (7-17-30). The protest must be heard, after due notice to the parties concerned, within 48 hours after the protest is filed.
The county or state executive committee of a party hears protests that may arise following primary elections held by that party (7-17-30, 7-17-70 and 7-17-530 through 7-17- 570). The State Election Commission will decide all cases under protest in general or special elections in the case of federal and state offices, members of the State Senate and State House of Representatives, and offices involving more than one county (7-17-260).
The Commission appoints an Executive Director, who is not a member of the Commission, to serve as the administrative head of the Registration & Elections Department. The Director appoints poll managers, clerks, and office staff as needed.
|Rodney W. Allen,
Serving since July 21, 2008
Rodney is a graduate of the University of South Carolina – Aiken where he earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees in three years: one in Sociology/Criminology and the second in Political Science/Public Administration. Rodney completed the SC Voter Registration and Election Commission Training and Certification Program in February 2007.
Prior to coming to Pickens County, Rodney was the Registrar of the Colleton County Board of Elections and Voter Registration.
Rodney is an active member of the South Carolina Association of Registration and Election Officials (SCARE). Rodney serves as Treasurer and currently sits on the following committees: Executive Committee, Budget Committee, and the Scholarship Committee..
Serving since June 25, 2012
April is a graduate of Easley High School. She has also attended Tri-County Technical College, Greenville Technical College, and the Wyatt Institute of Real Estate. She has been employed with Pickens County since March, 1994. During April’s 18-years of experience before coming to the Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission on June 25, 2012, April has worked in the following Pickens County departments: (Assessor’s Office from 1996-2012, Register of Deeds Office from 1995-1996, and Planning, Permitting, and Voter Registration from 1994-1995).
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Does the Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission print lists of registered voters for candidates or other interested persons?
A: No, lists may be purchased by contacting Liz Simmons, State Election Commission at 803-734-9071
Q: Does the Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission print or otherwise provide Political District Maps?
A: No, maps may be purchased through the Pickens County GIS Department at 864-898-5876.
Q: Does the Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission process Notary Public applications?
A: No, notary applications are processed by the Pickens County Legislative Delegation Office. You may contact Barbara Marcy at 864-850-7070 or send her an email email@example.com.
Q: Does the Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission process Passport Documents?
A: No, please contact the following US Post Offices:
Central Post Office 1205 W Main St Central, SC 29630
Clemson Post Office 519 College Ave Clemson, SC 29631
Easley Post Office 810 S Pendleton St Easley, SC 29640
Pickens Post Office 110 Johnson St Pickens, SC 29671