Partisan Candidate Filing Instructions for the November 6, 2018 General Election

This page was last updated on March 15, 2018 at 01:34 PM.  This page will updated as additional information is made available.

When to File:

Filing Period: Between Noon, March 16th, 2018 and Noon, March 30th, 2018

Office Qualifications:

All citizens seeking a political party’s nomination to run as a candidate 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 6, 2018 General Election must file during the filing period that opens at Noon, March 16th, 2018 and closes at Noon, March 30, 2018. Partisan candidate filing is 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. Contact the appropriate party for more information on conventions.  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 2018 Republican and Democratic Primaries shall be held June 12, 2018 with a runoff election (if necessary) on June 26, 2018. 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.

A candidate may be nominated by more than one political party.  Such candidates are commonly referred to as “fusion candidates.”   Click Here for information regarding candidates representing more than one party.

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):

• 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 6, 2018” 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 12, 2018. 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.

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.

Candidates Who Filed:

To view a list of candidates who have filed so far, CLICK HERE.

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’s filing hours are:

  • Friday, March 16:  Open 12:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Saturday, March 17 & Sunday, March 18: CLOSED
  • Monday, March 19: Open 8:00am to 5:00pm
  • Tuesday, March 20: Open 7:00am to 7:00pm
  • Wednesday, March 21 through Friday, March 23: Open 8:00am to 5:00pm
  • Saturday, March 24 & Sunday, March 25: CLOSED
  • Monday, March 26 through Thursday , March 29: Open 8:00am to 5:00pm
  • Friday, March 30: Open 8:00am to 12:00pm
Office Annual Salary Term of Office Filing Fee
State House of Representatives 3, 4, 5, and 10 (may file with State or County) $10,400 2-years $208.00
Probate Judge $61,818 4-years $2,472.72
County Council Districts 1 & 2 $10,000 4-years $400.00

 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. The State Election Commission Office is open from 8:30am to 5pm M-F. They are closed Saturdays and Sundays.

 

Office Annual Salary Term of Office Filing Fee
Governor $106,078 4-years $4,243.12
Secretary of State $92,007 4-years $3,680.28
State Treasurer $92,007 4-years $3,680.28
Attorney General $92,007 4-years $3,680.28
Commissioner of Agriculture $92,007 4-years $3,680.28
Comptroller General $92,007 4-years $3,680.28
State Superintendent of Education $92,007 4-years $3,680.28
U.S. House of Representatives District 3 $174,000 2-years $3,480.00
Solicitor Circuit 13 $141,354 4-years $5,654.16
State House of Representatives 3, 4, 5, and 10 (may file with State or County) $10,400 2-years $208.00
Note on Lieutenant Governor:  The S.C. Constitution was amended in 2014 to require Governor and Lieutenant Governor to run on a joint ticket in the General Election. As of the date this post was produced, the General Assembly had not yet amended state law to provide rules for how Lieutenant Governor candidates will file for office.
Note on Adjutant General: The S.C. Constitution was amended in 2015 to provide for the appointment of the Adjutant General by the Governor with advice and consent of the State Senate. Adjutant General is no longer an elected office.

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.