Pickens County Veteran’s Affairs Officer Advisory Election

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Last updated 03/31/2017

This notice is to all Pickens County veterans honorably discharged from the armed forces of the United States of America that an advisory election will be held among Pickens County veterans on Saturday, May 13, 2017 to nominate a candidate to the Pickens County Legislative Delegation for recommendation to the State Director of Veterans Affairs for appointment as Pickens County Veterans Affairs Officer.  The Pickens County Veterans Affairs Officer serves as the department head of the Pickens County Veterans Affairs Office.  The position is part-time.  The person selected will serve a 4-year term that shall begin July 1, 2017.

SC Act 489 of 1998 states that the Board of Voter Registration & Elections of Pickens County “shall conduct an advisory election among the veterans in Pickens County to nominate a candidate to the County Legislative Delegation for recommendation for appointment as Pickens County Veterans Affairs Officer. The County Legislative Delegation shall consider the person nominated in the advisory election and, prior to making its recommendation, may consider any otherwise qualified person.”

Citizens desiring to be candidates in this advisory election may file with the Board of Voter Registration & Elections of Pickens County at their office inside the Pickens County Administration Facility (located at 222 McDaniel Ave Suite B-9, Pickens, SC 29671) between 8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday thru Friday, beginning on Monday, March 27 through Friday, April 7, 2017. This is a nonpartisan election and no party affiliation will be placed on the ballot. The filing fee for this office is $232.25. Checks must be made payable to the Pickens County Treasurer.  Citizens filing as a candidate must present proof of being a veteran with honorable separation (DD214 or Honorable Discharge papers) and proof of residency in Pickens County.

Statement of Intention of Candidacy (Microsft Word Version) Download Here

Statement of Intention of Candidacy (PDF Version) Download Here

If only one candidate files, no advisory election will be held and the filing fee will be refunded.

A list of candidates that have filed so far can be found HERE.

ABSENTEE VOTING AVAILABLE: Veterans who cannot vote in person on the day of this election may be eligible to vote by absentee ballot prior to May, 13, 2017. Persons wishing to obtain more information concerning absentee voting should contact the Board of Voter Registration & Elections of Pickens County at their office inside the Pickens County Administration Facility located at 222 McDaniel Ave Suite B-9 Pickens, SC at 898-5948 or send an email to elections@co.pickens.sc.us. You may also visit our Absentee Voting page HERE.  In-person absentee voting will be available in our office during normal business hours (8am to 5pm Monday through Friday) beginning approximately on April 17, 2017 and closing at 5pm on Friday, May 12, 2017.  Voters who would like to receive a paper absentee ballot by mail must request an Application for an Absentee Ballot by contacting the Board’s office.  The application can be requested immediately.   Once the completed and signed application and supporting documentation are received by the Board, a ballot will be mailed as soon as ballots become available.

ELECTION DAY VOTING LOCATIONS:  The election, if necessary, will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the following Pickens County School locations:

Polling Place:   Polling Location Address:
Dacusville Middle School    899 Thomas Mill Road, Easley, SC  29640
Gettys Middle School 510 S Pendleton St, Easley, SC 29640
RC Edwards Middle School  1157 Madden Bridge Road, Central, SC  29630
Liberty Elementary School  251 North Hillcrest Street, Liberty, SC  29657
Pickens Elementary School 567 Hampton Avenue, Pickens, SC  29671

Unlike other elections, voters have not been pre-assigned to any one particular voting location. Voters may go to any one of the above locations to cast their ballot.  Voting is restricted to those Pickens County veterans honorably discharged from the armed forces of the United States. Dependents of veterans are not entitled to vote in this election.

PROOF OF BEING A VETERAN:  There is no age limit and the voter is not required to be a registered voter, but must present proof of honorable discharge from military service to the satisfaction of the poll manager.  Examples of proof include:

  • DD-214 or discharge certificate
  • Veterans Administration ID card
  • American Legion membership card
  • Disabled Americans Veterans membership or identification card
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars membership or identification card
  • an official identification card showing that the person has retired from the military
  • or any other document which shows honorable service or general discharge under honorable conditions.

PROOF OF RESIDENCY:  Veterans who are not registered to vote wishing to vote in this election must present proof of residency in Pickens County.  Such proof must show your name and address in this county.  Examples of proof include:

  • a current valid photo ID (like a Driver’s License)
  • a current utility bill – the following are considered utility bills: electricity/power, cable, satellite, natural gas, internet, and telephone bills.
  • a current bank statement
  • a current paycheck or paycheck stub
  • any other government document that shows your name and address in this county

PHOTO ID:  In accordance with South Carolina’s new Voter ID Law, all voters will be asked to show one of the following Photo IDs in addition to the above documentation:

  • S.C. Driver’s License
  • ID Card issued by S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (includes concealed weapons permit)
  • S.C. Voter Registration Card with Photo
  • Federal Military ID (includes Veterans Administration ID Card)
  • U.S. Passport

Voters should remember to bring one of these Photo IDs with them to the polling place.  Voters without Photo ID can get one free of charge from the Department of Motor Vehicles or their county voter registration office.  Voters who encounter an obstacle to getting a Photo ID should bring their paper voter registration card without a photo with them to their polling place.  These voters can then sign an affidavit swearing to their identity and to their obstacle to obtaining a Photo ID and vote a provisional ballot.  This ballot will count unless the county board of voter registration and elections has grounds to believe the affidavit is false.  For more information on Photo ID, visit scVOTES.org or contact your county board of voter registration and elections.

Voters who are blind, physically handicapped, or unable to read or write are entitled to assistance in casting their ballot. This assistance may be given by anyone the voter chooses except his employer, an agent of his employer, or an officer or agent of his union. The Managers must be notified if assistance is needed.

Voters who are unable to enter their polling place due to physical handicap or age may vote in the vehicle in which they drove, or were driven, to the polls. When notified, the Managers will help voters using this curbside voting provision.

At 9:00 a.m. on Election Day, the Board of Voter Registration & Elections of Pickens County will begin its examination of the absentee ballot return envelopes at their office in the County Administrative Facility.

A hearing on ballots challenged, if any, will be heard by the Board of Voter Registration & Elections of Pickens County at 9:00am on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at their office inside the Pickens County Administration Facility located at 222 McDaniel Ave Suite B-9, Pickens, SC.

For more information concerning this election, please go to our website: https://pickenselections.org/

You may also contact the Registration and Elections Office (inside the Pickens County Administration Facility 222 McDaniel Ave Suite B-9, Pickens) by calling 898-5948 or 864-898-5949 or by sending an email to elections@co.pickens.sc.us  or calling 864-898-5948 for more information.

-Rodney W. Allen, Executive Director

Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission


Frequently Asked Questions about the Election


Q. Will a candidate’s party affiliation be listed on the ballot?

A. No


Q. Can voters write-in the name of a candidate not listed on the ballots?

A. No. To appear on the ballots, all candidates must file during the candidate filing period. Voters will not have the ability write-in a candidate not already listed on their ballot.


Q. Will the incumbent office holder receive any recognition on the ballot distinguishing them from the other candidates?

A. No


Q. In what order will the candidate names appear on the ballot?

A. Alphabetical order by last name of the candidates.


Q. Will a candidate’s military rank or professional/social status be listed on the ballot?

A. No.


Q. I want to volunteer to serve as a poll manager for this election, who do I need to contact?

A. You may send an email to elections@co.pickens.sc.us or call April Bagwell at 898-5948.