The 2014 Candidate Filing period opens March 16 at noon and ends March 30 at noon.

2014 Candidate Checklist
(please also read the Detailed Instructions below)

1) Three copies of the Statement of Intention of Candidacy & Party Pledge (SICPP) form

The form is available in the “Candidate Information” section at http://SCVotes.org/candidate_information. Candidates should wait to sign the form in front of an election official unless they are having the form notarized and delivered by an authorized agent (See “Filing by an authorized agent” below). The respective election commission with “whom it is filed must stamp each copy with the date and time received, return one copy to the candidate, and send one copy to the appropriate political party executive committee.”

2) Filing Fee

Filing fees are paid at the time of filing by candidates seeking the nomination of a party nominating by primary. Filing fees are listed in the “Candidate Information” section of http://SCVotes.org. Filing fee checks should be made payable to the appropriate state political party (ie. South Carolina Republican Party). The filing fee is one percent of the annual salary of the office multiplied by the number of years in the term of office, or $100, whichever is greater. For exact filing fees, visit the “Candidate Information” section at http://SCVotes.org/candidate_information. This fee is applied to funding the primary. Personal check, money order, or campaign check only. Cash is NOT accepted. The candidate must sign a receipt for the filing fee, and the election commission with whom it is filed must stamp the receipt with the date and time the filing fee was received, provide one copy to the candidate and provide one copy to the appropriate party executive committee. It is necessary for all candidates to sign the Filing Fee Receipt issued by the State Election Commission/County Election Commission. If a candidate filing is being delivered by an authorized agent, the filing fee receipt may be delivered or electronically transmitted to the candidate, signed by the candidate, and returned to the State Election Commission/County Election Commission by the close of the filing period.

3*) File Statement of Economic Interests and Campaign Finance Disclosure

Candidates for state and local office are required to file a Statement of Economic Interests and a Campaign Finance Disclosure online with the State Ethics Commission at http://ethics.sc.gov. Candidates are not required to provide paper copies of the Statement of Economic Interests or the Campaign Finance Disclosure at the time of filing. A person who becomes a candidate by filing a statement of intention of candidacy seeking nomination by political party primary must electronically file a Statement of Economic Interests for the preceding calendar year prior to the close of filing for the particular office. (See “When is the SEI due” below) Failure to file these documents with the State Ethics Commission may result in a candidate fine but will not disqualify a candidate from the election.

* Please note: Candidates for federal office are subject to federal campaign finance and ethics regulations. For more information, please contact the Federal Election Commission (http://FEC.gov).

4) Filing Location

Candidates for federal office, statewide office, and solicitor must file with the State Election Commission in Columbia (2221 Devine St., Suite 105, Columbia, SC 29205). Candidates for State House, countywide office, and less than countywide office must file with the County Election Commission in the candidate’s county of residence (click here to see a list of county election commissions).

Detailed Instructions

The following offices are on the ballot in 2014:

– Governor
– Lieutenant Governor
– Secretary of State
– State Treasurer
– Attorney General
– Comptroller General
– State Superintendent of Education
– Adjutant General
– Commissioner of Agriculture
– U.S. Senate
– U.S. Senate (to fill unexpired term)
– U.S. House of Representatives (all districts)
– State House of Representatives
– Multi-county district offices
– Solicitor (circuits 3, 5, 6, 12, 13, 15)
– Countywide and less-than-countywide offices

Who Must File:

Any person seeking a political party’s nomination to be a candidate in the 2014 General Election must file with the appropriate election commission (State Election Commission or County Election Commission).

When to File:

Partisan candidates must file during the filing period, which opens at noon on Sunday, March 16, 2014 and closes at noon on Sunday, March 30, 2014. Please see the hours below.

Where to File:

Candidates for federal office, statewide office, and solicitor must file with the State Election Commission in Columbia (2221 Devine St., Suite 105, Columbia, SC 29205). Candidates for State House, countywide office, and less than countywide office must file with the County Election Commission in the candidate’s county of residence (click here to see a list of county election commissions).

The State Election Commission has instructed the County Election Commissions to open from 8:00 a.m. until 12 noon on March 29 and on March 30. Please note, election commissions are closed March 16 and March 22-23.

State Election Commission Filing hours:
Weekdays: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Weekends: Closed March 16, 22-23; Open March 29-30, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

County Election Commission Filing hours:
Weekdays: Normal weekday hours – check with your county election commission
Weekends: Closed March 16, 22-23; Open March 29-30, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The county party chairman and the state party chairman may designate a person to observe the filing at the County Election Commissions and the State Election Commission, respectively.

In each general election year, the County Election Commissions and the State Election Commission shall also place an advertisement to appear two weeks before the filing period begins in a newspaper of general circulation in the county. This is a change from prior cycles. Party officials are no longer required to place advertisements.

What to File:

1. Filing Form: Three copies of the Statement of Intention of Candidacy & Party Pledge (SICPP) form. The form is available in the “Candidate Information” section at http://SCVotes.org/candidate_information. Candidates should wait to sign the form in front of an election official unless they are having the form notarized and delivered by an authorized agent. The respective election commission with “whom it is filed must stamp each copy with the date and time received, return one copy to the candidate, and send one copy to the appropriate political party executive committee.”

2. Filing Fee: Filing fees are paid at the time of filing by candidates seeking the nomination of a party nominating by primary. Filing fees are listed in the “Candidate Information” section of http://SCVotes.org. Filing fee checks should be made payable to the appropriate state political party (ie. South Carolina Republican Party). The filing fee is one percent of the annual salary of the office multiplied by the number of years in the term of office, or $100, whichever is greater. For exact filing fees, visit the “Candidate Information” section at http://SCVotes.org/candidate_information. This fee is applied to funding the primary. Personal check, money order, or campaign check only. Cash is NOT accepted. The candidate must sign a receipt for the filing fee, and the election commission with whom it is filed must stamp the receipt with the date and time the filing fee was received, provide one copy to the candidate and provide one copy to the appropriate party executive committee. It is necessary for all candidates to sign the Filing Fee Receipt issued by the State Election Commission/County Election Commission. If a candidate filing is being delivered by an authorized agent, the filing fee receipt may be delivered or electronically transmitted to the candidate, signed by the candidate, and returned to the State Election Commission/County Election Commission by the close of the filing period.

3. File Statement of Economic Interests and Campaign Finance Disclosure: Candidates for state and local office are required to file a Statement of Economic Interests and a Campaign Finance Disclosure online with the State Ethics Commission at http://ethics.sc.gov. Candidates are not required to provide paper copies of the Statement of Economic Interests or the Campaign Finance Disclosure at the time of filing. A person who becomes a candidate by filing a statement of intention of candidacy seeking nomination by political party primary must electronically file a Statement of Economic Interests for the preceding calendar year prior to the close of filing for the particular office. Failure to file these documents with the State Ethics Commission may result in a candidate fine but will not disqualify a candidate from the election.

When is the SEI due?

Visit http://ethics.sc.gov for more specific information on the Statement of Economic Interests.

General Deadlines:

March 30th at noon covering the previous calendar year (Jan. 1 – Dec. 31);
When registering as a candidate with a political party for public office;
Upon entering the official responsibilities; and
Any person required to file a Statement of Economic Interests Form who is no longer holding office as of March 30th of the year following the previous filing is not required to submit the form.

*Please note: Candidates for federal office are subject to federal campaign finance regulations. For more information, please contact the Federal Election Commission (http://FEC.gov).

Filing by an authorized agent:

It is not necessary for a candidate to be physically present at the time of filing. An agent can deliver three copies of the SICPP (properly completed and signed by the candidate and witnessed by a notary) 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 State Election Commission/County Election Commission. If a candidate filing is being delivered by an authorized agent, the filing fee receipt may be delivered or electronically transmitted to the candidate, signed by the candidate, and returned to the State Election Commission/County Election Commission by the close of the filing period.

Qualifications for office:

Qualifications depend on the office, but candidates generally must be registered voters in their district on or before election day, or in the case of State House or Senate, be residents of the district at the time of filing. Convicted felons are barred from running unless 15 years have passed since the end of their sentence, unless pardoned sooner. Sheriffs have additional qualifications. Full qualification information can be found at http://SCVotes.org/candidate_information.

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Note: This summary and checklist were prepared for informational purposes. Good-faith efforts were made to ensure the accuracy of the information contained herein. This document is not meant to cover every situation. Candidates are ultimately responsible for filing properly. Current as of March 13, 2014.