2016 General Election Candidate Filing

***The information presented on this page is tentative and subject to change.**

The information on this page will be updated as we receive and review information about the upcoming election year.  The information is provided to provided prospective candidates a glimpse of upcoming races and deadlines. 

Page Last Updated: March 16, 2016


Important Note on Ethics Forms – Concerns candidate filing for all offices

Candidates are required to file a Statement of Economic Interests and a Campaign Disclosure online with the State Ethics Commission at http://ethics.sc.gov. Failure to file these documents may result in a candidate fine but will not disqualify a candidate from the election. Contact the State Ethics Commission for more information.

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.


Partisan Candidate Filing

When to File:

Filing Period: Between Noon, March 16th, 2016 and Noon, March 30th, 2016

WARNING:  Filing closes at 12:00 p.m. sharp.  There are no exceptions to this rule.  The candidate must be present and ready to file before the clock strikes noon.  The State Election Commission encourages candidates to consider all contingencies and plan accordingly to ensure this deadline is met. 12:00 p.m. on March 30th is too late. The law says a candidate must file “between” noon on March 16th and noon, March 30th. Once the clock strikes noon, the filing period is over. It is not valid to have a date and time of March 30, 12:00 p.m. on the filing form. The latest acceptable date and time to have filed is March 30, 11:59 a.m.

Office Qualifications:

All candidates are asked to review specific requirements and qualifications for the office they are filing for.

http://www.scvotes.org/candidate_information/candidate_qualifications 

Who Must File:

All citizens seeking a political party’s nomination to run as a candidate in the November 8, 2016 General Election must file during the filing period that opens at Noon, March 16th, 2016 and closes at Noon, March 30, 2016. Partisan candidate filing is now conducted by the State Election Commission (SEC) and County Boards of Voter Registration & Elections(CBVRE), not the political party chairs. If only one qualified candidate files for a particular office for a particular party’s nomination, that candidate becomes the party’s nominee. When more than one qualified candidate files for a particular office with a particular party, the nominee is chosen by primary or convention. All candidates must meet the minimum qualifications established by law. A review of these qualifications can be found HERE.

The American, Constitution, Green, Independence, Labor, Libertarian, United Citizens, and Working Families parties nominate candidates by convention. Conventions are conducted by the parties. Candidates seeking the nomination of a party that nominates by convention do not pay a filing fee at time of filing with the appropriate state or County Boards of Voter Registration and Elections .

The Democratic and Republican parties nominate by primary elections that are conducted by the State and County Boards of Voter Registration and Elections. The 2016 Republican and Democratic Primaries shall be held June 14, 2016 with a runoff election (if necessary) on June 28, 2016. Candidates seeking the nomination of a party that nominates by primary (Democratic and Republican) must pay a filing fee at time of filing with the appropriate state or County Boards of Voter Registration and Elections. Filing fees are calculated by the SEC. Filing fees are one percent of the annual base salary multiplied by the term of office. Filing fee MUST be paid by check, cashier’s check, or money order payable to the applicable State Political Party and given to the appropriate state/County Boards of Voter Registration and Elections at time of filing. Cash will not be accepted.

One page filing instructions provided by the SC State Election Commission.

Documents Required for Partisan Candidate Filing:

The following documents are to be filed with the appropriate filing authority (State Election Commission or Board of Voter Registration & Elections of Pickens County):

Three copies of a completed and signed Statement of Intention of Candidacy/Party Pledge form (SICPP).

• The SICPP must be signed in presence of election official or notarized.  Please complete the form but wait to sign it at time of filing (unless it will be notarized).

• Enter “November 8, 2016” in the election date field on the form.

• In the party pledge section, put the date of your primary. The Democratic and Republican parties will hold state primaries on June 14, 2016.  If your party nominates by convention, check with your party for the convention date.

• WARNING: All information included on the SICPP form will be made public as soon as you file. Phone numbers and email addresses are requested in case election officials need to contact you regarding your filing. This contact information is not required. Do not include any phone numbers or email addresses you wish to keep private.

• Filing fee check (made payable to appropriate state political party). We cannot accept cash or credit cards.

• Filing Fee Receipt issued by the SEC/CEC. Candidate must sign the receipt.

Sheriff & Coroner Affidavits:

Candidates for sheriff and coroner must file an affidavit with their county party chairman no later than the close of the filing period.

Filing Affidavit – Sheriff

• Filing Affidavit – Coroner

Affidavits must be notarized.  You are not required to file the affidavit with your county board of voter registration and elections. Your county party chairman is responsible for providing the county board of voter registration and elections with a copy of the affidavit no later than 10 days following the close of filing (April 9th).

Sheriff SLED Check:

Candidates for Sheriff must be fingerprinted and have SLED make a search of local, state and federal fingerprint files for any criminal record. Fingerprints are to be taken under the direction of any law enforcement agency and must be made available to SLED no later than 130 days prior to the General Election. The results of the records search are to be filed with the county executive committee of the person’s political party.

Filing by an Agent:

It is not necessary for a candidate to be physically present at the time of filing. An agent can deliver the SICPP, which has been properly completed and signed by the candidate and notarized, and the filing fee check on behalf of the candidate. However, it is necessary for all candidates to sign the Filing Fee Receipt issued by the SEC/CEC. If a candidate is not present at the time of filing, the filing fee receipt may be electronically transmitted to the candidate, signed by the candidate, and returned to the appropriate filing authority (State Election Commission or County Boards of Voter Registration and Elections ) by the close of the filing period.

Offices that File with the South Carolina State Election Commission:

Citizens seeking a political party’s nomination to run as candidates for the following partisan offices will file 3-copies of their Statement of Intention of Candidacy/Party Pledge form (SICPP) and filing fee check (made payable to the political party) with the SC State Election Commission (1122 Lady Street, Suite 500 Columbia, SC 29201) during the candidate filing period.

State Election Commission Filing Office Hours (Columbia)

Wednesday, March 16: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Thursday – Friday, March 17-18: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday – Sunday, March 19-20: CLOSED

Monday – Friday, March 21-25: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday – Sunday, March 26-27: CLOSED

Monday – Tuesday, March 28-29: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 30: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Office Annual Salary Term of Office Filing Fee
U.S. Senate $174,000.00 6 years $10,440.00
U.S. House of Representatives District 3 (Congress) $174,000.00 2 years $3,480.00

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Offices that file with the Board of Voter Registration & Elections of Pickens County

Pickens County citizens seeking a political party’s nomination to run as candidates for the following partisan offices will file 3-copies of their Statement of Intention of Candidacy/Party Pledge form (SICPP) and filing fee check (made payable to the political party) with the Board of Voter Registration and Elections of Pickens County (222 McDaniel Ave Suite B-9 Pickens, SC 29671) during the candidate filing period. The Board of Voter Registration and Elections of Pickens County  is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. We are closed Saturdays and Sundays.  We will also be closed on Good Friday, March 25, 2016.

Office Annual Salary Term of Office Filing Fee
Auditor $82,168.74 4 years $3,286.75
Clerk of Court $68,687.38 4 years $2,747.50
Coroner $57,050.77 4 years $2,282.03
County Council Districts 3, 4, 5 & 6 $10,000.00 4 years $400.00
Sheriff $93,962.47 4 years $3,758.50
State Senate $10,400.00 4 years $416.00
State House of Representatives $10,400.00 2 years $208.00
Treasurer $83,350.07 4 years $3,334.00

Petition Candidate Filing (nonpartisan)

Deadline – Noon, July 15, 2016

Citizens may file by petition to become candidates for almost every office on this year’s ballot. There are no filing fees for petition candidates, but the petitioner must meet (or will meet by time of the General Election) all qualifications for the office.  Petition Candidates are not linked to any “Straight Party” ticket nor is any party affiliation displayed on the ballot for these candidates.

The deadline for petition candidates to file their complete petitions and any additional paperwork required for the November 8, 2016 General Election is Noon, July 15, 2016.  There are no exceptions for emergencies, bad traffic, bad weather, etc.  The receiving authority for the petition will issue a receipt.   Once a petition is submitted, the petitioner cannot come back to add additional signature pages.   The Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission has until 12:00PM (Noon) on August 15, 2016 to validate all signatures on the petitions submitted. Persons who have submitted petitions are not a candidate until their petitions have been validated.

If a petition candidate is filing for a county office, the candidate files with The Board of Voter Registration and Elections of Pickens County (222 McDaniel Ave B-9 Pickens, SC 29671).  This includes the following Pickens County offices: Auditor, Clerk of Court, Coroner, County Council districts 3, 4, 5, & 6, Sheriff, State Senate, State House of Representatives.

If a petition candidate is filing for a federal, state, or multi-county office, the candidate files with the SC State Election Commission (1122 Lady Street, Suite 500 Columbia, SC 29201). This includes the following offices:  , U.S. Senate, State Senate,  U.S. House of Representatives District 3, State House of Representatives District 2, 3, 4, 5, and 10, U.S House of Representatives.

To be nominated by petition, a citizen must file a nominating petition containing the valid signatures of not less than 5% of the active, registered voters in the geographical area the office represents and meet all qualifications of the office. The 5% is based on the total number of registered voters in the geographical area 120 days prior to the election.  No petition requires more than 10,000 signatures.

The Board of Voter Registration and Elections of Pickens County recommends getting at least 25-35% more signatures than the minimum required, as there may be a large number of people who may sign your petition but not be registered or otherwise eligible.    However, this does not guarantee the petition is good.  Candidates should collect as many signatures as possible.

Petitions for some local offices may have specific requirements set by state law that are different from the 5% requirement….as is the case with the Pickens County Soil & Water Conservation District Commissioners.  Citizens wishing to be candidates for this office must submit to the Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission a nominating petition with the signatures of 100 qualified electors (registered voters) of the district or 1%, whichever is less.

All petitions must:

  • Be printed on good quality original bond paper sized 8.5″ x 14″ (legal size…not letter).
  • Contain the name of the petition candidate, the office for which he is running for, and the specific election date in which he is offering to run as a candidate must appear on EVERY page of the petition.
  • Use the petition template provided by the SC State Election Commission (download it below)
  • Contain only signatures from one county per petition page
  • Have each signature numbered consecutively.
  • Have each page numbered consecutively.
  • Have each page numbered consecutively.

YOU MAY DOWNLOAD A PETITION HERE.

For more information on nominating petitions, see sections 7-11-70, 7-11-80, 7-11-85, and 7-13-351 of the S.C. Code of Laws, available online at www.scstatehouse.net.


City of Clemson Candidate Filing (nonpartisan)

Noon, July 18, 2016 through Noon, August 1st, 2016

The Board of Voter Registration and Elections of Pickens County will be conducting the City of Clemson Municipal Election on November 8, 2016. This is a nonpartisan election and no party affiliation shall be placed on the ballot. The following offices will be on the ballot for Clemson- Mayor, and 3 City Council Seats.

Registered voters who have lived in and have been a resident of this municipality for a period of not less than 6-months immediately preceding the date of this election may file as a candidate beginning at Noon, July 18, 2016 until filing closes at Noon on August 1, 2016. Candidates will file with the City Clerk at the Clemson City Hall (1250 Tiger Blvd. Ste. 1 Clemson, SC 29631) during normal business hours.

The Statement of Intention of Candidacy can be downloaded here.

At the time of filing, each candidate must submit a completed a Statement of Candidacy Form and pay the $10 filing fee.

In accordance with SC Code of Laws 7-13-190 (E), no municipal election shall be held if the same number of candidates file as seats to fill 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 August 15, 2016.


Pickens County School Board Filing (nonpartisan)

Noon, August 1st, 2016 through Noon, August 15, 2016

The Board of Voter Registration and Elections of Pickens County announces the election of the Pickens County School Board Trustees for districts (1) One, (3)Three, and (5) Five on Tuesday November 8, 2016. This is a nonpartisan election and no party affiliation shall be placed on the ballot. The offices will be included on the ballot of the November 8, 2016 General Election. Only the electors living within districts up for election may participate in this election.

Citizens desiring to be candidates for one of the above listed School Board Trustee offices may file at the Board of Voter Registration and Elections of Pickens County (222 McDaniel Ave., B-9 Pickens, SC 29671 864-898-5948) during normal business hours (8am-5pm M-F).

Filing for candidates opens at Noon on August 1, 2016 and closes at Noon on August 15, 2016. At the time of filing, each candidate must complete a Statement of Candidacy Form and pay the filing fee. The filing fee for this office is equal to one percent (1%) of the total salary for the term (4-years) of this office or one hundred dollars ($100), whichever amount is greater. Checks must be made payable to the Pickens County Treasurer.

The Statement of Intention of Candidacy can be downloaded here.


Watershed District Directors Filing (nonpartisan)

Deadline – Noon, August 15th, 2016

Watershed District Directors are non-salaried officials who are elected to four-year terms. Candidates must be registered voters in the county & and watershed in which they are seeking office. For a description of the duties and responsibilities of the Watershed District Directors, please contact the Pickens Soil & Water Conservation District at 864-878-6155 or the SC Department of Natural Resources 803-734-9100.

These elections are nonpartisan and no party affiliation shall be placed on the ballot. The elections are conducted by the Board of Voter Registration and Elections of Pickens County at the same time other county and state officers are elected in the November 8, 2016 General Election.

Candidate filing closes at Noon on August 15, 2016. At the time of filing, each candidate must turn in a printed Statement of Intention of Candidacy (SIC) form to be a candidate. There is no filing fee for this office. The Statement of Intention of Candidacy can be downloaded here.

The following files with the Board of Voter Registration and Elections of Pickens County (222 McDaniel AVE B-9 Pickens, SC 29671 Phone: 864-898-5948 Fax: 864-898-5637):

  • Georges Creek Watershed (Code 15) – 3 Seats
  • Oolenoy Watershed (Code 24) – 2 Seats

The following files with the SC State Election Commission (1122 Lady Street, Suite 500 Columbia, SC 29201 Phone: 803-734-9060 Fax: 803-734-9366):

  • Brushy Creek Watershed (Code 07) – 2 Seats
  • Three & Twenty Watershed (Code 32) – 3 Seats