Candidate Filing Process Changes as of Wednesday,
July 3, 2013
The U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Section 4 of the Voting Right Act and
the passage of the SC State S.2 Bill - Equal Access to the Ballot Act change
the candidate filing process. These changes in the Candidate Filing process
are now in effect.
Equal Access to the Ballot Act
Read the full text of the
Equal Access to the Ballot Act.
1. Candidates for partisan office now file with election commission.
All candidates for partisan federal, state, and county-level offices now
file with either the State or county election commission. This change in
state law has no effect on the location of filing for nonpartisan offices,
such as most school boards and municipal offices.
Visit SCvotes.org for more
information about the
New Candidate Filing process.
2. Candidates no longer need to provide a Statement of Economic
Interests (SEI) at the time of filing.
Candidates are no longer required to file a copy of the Statement of Economic
Interest(SEI) with County Election Commission . However, candidates must
file the SEI online with the SC State Ethics Commission. Candidates may
face fines for not filing an SEI, however, filing of the SEI has no bearing
on ballot access or the ability of a candidate to win an election.
must file a Statement of Economic Interest with SC State Ethics Commission.
SC State Ethics Commission' s Website for more information
about when and how to file these forms.