State Ethics Filing

Statement of Economic Interests Forms and Campaign Disclosure Information

*** APPLIES TO ALL CANDIDATES ***
  • Candidates are no longer required to file a copy of the Statement of Economic Interest (SEI) or Campaign Disclosure Information with Board of Voter Registration and Elections. See the Equal Access to the Ballot Act for more information.
  • Forms, requirements, and filing instructions are available from the State Ethics Commission website ( http://ethics.sc.gov/ ).
  • Failure to comply with the filing requirements of the State Ethics Commission may result in fines or other fees.
  • Filing of the SEI or Campaign Disclosure Information has no bearing on ballot access or the ability of a candidate to win an election.
  • Contact the State Ethics Commission with any issues concerning the information listed above.

Candidate Do's and Don'ts

Candidate Nickname on the Ballot

A nickname may be used on the ballot if it does not exceed 15 letters, does not imply professional or social status, is a derivative of your given name properly acquired or bears no relation to your given name but it is used in good faith.

Within 200 Feet of the Polling Location Entrance:

  • It is unlawful for a candidate or any person to distribute any type of campaign literature or display any policatial poster within 200 feet from the entrance of the polling location. No bumper stickers, signs, buttons, brochures, printed or political attire, etc. may be displayed within this 200 feet zone or inside to polling location.

Outside the Polling Location:

  • It is permissible for a candidate or a candidate representative to be stationed outside the polling place but within the above stated 200 feet area, greet voters and solicit votes, provided there are no complaints by voters to the managers regarding this activity, or as long as in the managers judgment there is no disruption of the orderly election process.
  • A candidate may wear a badge no larger than 4 ¼" x 4 ¼" within 200 feet of the entrance to the polling place. This label may contain the candidate's name and office sought

Inside the Polling Location:

  • The candidate may enter the polling place, but the candidate's badge must be removed before entering (Section 7-25-180 (b)).
  • A candidate may not actively campaign inside the polling place. 
  • Candidates and poll watchers should be permitted to look at the voter registration list in the polling place, provided that they do not interfere with the orderly conduct of the election and no one is waiting in line to vote.

Other Restrictions

  • It is unlawful for any person to procure votes in an election by threat, intimidation, coercion, mistreatment, or abuse; or by the payment, delivery, or promise of money or other article of value.
  • A candidate or member of a candidate's paid campaign staff, including volunteers reimbursed for time expended on campaign activity, may not request an absentee ballot application for any person unless that person is a member of their immediate family.
  • Placing posters on telephone/utility poles may be considered destruction of private property.  Also, the staples and nails left in the poles are very dangerous for the workers who must climb these poles during an emergency. Utility companies ask candidates to not place signs on these poles.