Partisan Candidate Filing Instructions for the November 3, 2020 General Election

While the building our office is in will be closed to public traffic, our office will still be fully functioning:

  • When the candidate comes to our building entrance (“Veterans & Voting” above entrance), you will need to call 864-898-5948 from your cell phone. For any candidate with an appointment, my staff will already be at the door to the building at the appointment time.
  • Citizens who need to register to vote may do so by mail, fax, or online on our website.
    https://pickenselections.org/voter-registration/

You can quickly and easily schedule an appointment to file by clicking this link:

Book an appointment with Board of Voter Registration and Elections of Pickens County

If you have questions or need any help, you may call our office at 864-898-5948 or email [email protected].

Thank you for your patience.

Rodney Allen, Director


When to File:

Filing Period: Between Noon, March 16th, 2020 and Noon, March 30th, 2020

Office Qualifications:

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

https://www.scvotes.org/candidate-qualifications

Who Must File:

All citizens seeking a political party’s nomination to run as a candidate in the November 3, 2020 General Election must file during the filing period that opens at Noon, March 16th, 2020 and closes at Noon, March 30, 2020. 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.

Alliance, 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. Contact the appropriate party for more information regarding convention.

The Democratic and Republican parties nominate by primary elections that are conducted by the State and County Boards of Voter Registration and Elections. The 2020 Republican and Democratic Primaries shall be held June 9, 2020 with a runoff election (if necessary) on June 23, 2020. 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):

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 3, 2020” 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 9, 2020.  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. The address you provide on the SICPP is the address where you would like mail sent.

• 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.

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. Affidavits must be notarized.

Filing Affidavit – Sheriff

• Filing Affidavit – Coroner

 Candidates do not 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.

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 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. Remember: 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).

State Election Commission (SEC) Filing hours:
Weekdays:  8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Office Annual Salary Term of Office Filing Fee
U.S. Senate$174,000.006 years$10,440.00
U.S. House of Representatives District 3 (Congress)$174,000.002 years$3,480.00
Solicitor (Circuits 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 16)$191,954.004 years $7,678.16
State Senate $10,400.00 4 years $416.00
State House of Representatives $10,400.00 2 years $208.00

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 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. 

OfficeAnnual SalaryTerm of OfficeFiling Fee
Auditor$79,457.004 years$3,178.28
Clerk of Court$87,499.804 years$3,499.99
Coroner$54,280.444 years$2,171.22
County Council Districts 3, 4, 5 & 6$11,698.004 years$467.92
Sheriff$107,731.504 years$4,309.26
State Senate$10,400.004 years$416.00
State House of Representatives$10,400.002 years$208.00
Treasurer$91,646.264 years$3,665.85

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.