Partisan Candidate Filing Instructions for the November 8, 2016 General Election

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.  **NEW** – The SC State Election Commission notified our office on March 24th that our office will have to be OPEN from 1:00PM to 5:00PM  Sunday, March 27th (EASTER SUNDAY) for candidate filing.

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

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.