Voter Registration & Elections
Filing for Nonpartisan Offices Opens Monday, August 3 at Noon
The York County Board of Voter Registration and Elections announced filing for nonpartisan offices would open Monday of next week. Individuals interested in filing for school board or watershed can do so between Monday, August 3 and Friday, August 17, beginning and ending at noon.
2020 GENERAL ELECTION
NONPARTISAN OFFICE CANDIDATE FILING
Petition Candidate Filing:
Opens: Petition Packets are available now
Closes: Monday, July 20, 2020 @ 12 Noon
NOTICE: The deadline to file a nominating petition for the 2020 General Election set forth in S.C. Code of Laws Section 7-13-351 has been extended to noon, Monday, July 20. Normally, the deadline is noon, July 15. However, in the event a State of Emergency declared by the Governor is in place at the time of the deadline, petition candidates have an additional five days to submit petitions. Source: SCVOTES.gov
|2020 Conservation Districts|
|York County Soil and Water Conservation District - One Seat||Files by Petition|
Non-Partisan Candidate Filing:
Opens: Monday, August 3, 2020 @ 12 Noon
Closes: Monday, August 17, 2020 @ 12 Noon
|2020 School Districts and Watershed Districts|
|York School District No. 1 - Seats 1, 3, 4, 5, At-Large||No Filing Fees|
|Clover School District No. 2 - Seats 3, 4, At-Large||No Filing Fees|
|Rock Hill School District No. 3 - Seats 1, 3, 5, At-Large||No Filing Fees|
|Fort Mill School District No. 4 - Three At-Large Seats||No Filing Fees|
|Fishing Creek Watershed Conservation District 13 - Three Seats||No Filing Fees|
|Tinker’s Creek Watershed Conservation District 33 - Three Seats||No Filing Fees|
Where do I file?
Anyone interested in filing for office within York County must do so in person at the Board of Voter Registrations and Elections Office of York County located at:York County Government Center
6 South Congress Street, Level 1 Room 1201
York, S.C. 29745 Directions
What do I need to file?
The office type and jurisdiction determines what forms, filing fees, or supporting documents are required. Every candidate filing process will required completing an official form. SCVOTES.GOV has more information on the different candidate filing methods.
|Statement of Intention of Candidacy Form - Nonpartisan (SIC) (PDF)||For use by candidates filing for nonpartisan office.|
|Petition Form (PDF)||For use by candidates filing a nominating petition.|
Statement of Economic Interests and Campaign Disclosure - These forms must be filed online. Forms, requirements, and filing instructions are available from the State Ethics Commission: http://ethics.sc.gov/.
Forms require Adobe Acrobat to view. Download Adobe Acrobat Reader for free.
Poll Managers Needed for November 3rd General Election
York county election officials know many of our long-serving and dedicated poll managers, particularly those that fall into high-risk categories, have decided that working the polls in November is not worth the associated risk to their health. We understands and respects each and every poll manager’s decision on whether to serve in this challenging time. We thank you for your service. Our sincere hope is that as our situation improves, you can continue serving in the future.
If you are willing and able to serve, York County and South Carolina needs you.
The fact is we must have poll managers to have elections. Unless new poll managers step up to serve, we expect counties will have to close and consolidate polling places, which can cause large crowds and longer lines for voters.
Staying Safe At the Polls
We are taking steps to help make polling places as safe as possible for voters and poll managers, including: providing masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, and disposable cotton swabs for making touchscreen selections. We will also provide online training when possible and small-group, socially-distanced training when necessary.
Poll Worker Pay
Poll manager pay will be considered per diem and does not constitute wages. Individuals receiving unemployment benefits will not be required to report these earning when filing their weekly unemployment insurance claims, and this per diem will not count against their allowed earnings. Learn more at dew.sc.gov.
Poll Manager Qualifications
- Poll Managers (except Poll Manager Assistants) must be registered to vote in South Carolina.
- Any 16 or 17-year-old can apply to be a Poll Manager Assistant.
- Clerks must be a registered voter in the county in which they are serving or an adjoining county.
- Poll Managers may not be a candidate or the spouse, parent, child, brother, or sister of a candidate at any polling place where the candidate’s name appears on the ballot.
Poll Manager’s Oaths:
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I am duly qualified, according to the Constitution of this State, to exercise the duties of the office to which I have been appointed, and that I will, to the best of my ability, discharge the duties thereof, and preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of this State and of the United States. So help me God.” (Article III, Section 26, S.C. Constitution)
“We do solemnly swear that we will conduct this election according to law and will allow no person to vote who is not entitled by law to vote in this election, and we will not unlawfully assist any voter to prepare his ballot and will not advise any voter as to how he should vote at this election.” (SC Code §7-13-100)
Poll Manager Training
Poll managers must be trained prior to every election. Both online and in-person poll manager training is available. Clerks are required to take additional training. Your county board will direct you on what training you will be required to complete for each election.
Online training materials:
VOTE ABSENTEE BY MAIL FOR NOV. 3RD 2020
Application First, Ballot Second
In South Carolina, State Election Law Requires Voters to Complete, Sign, and Return an Absentee Application before an Absentee Ballot can be issued Issued or Mailed.
Absentee By-Mail Ballots
Absentee By-Mail Ballots will placed in the mail starting about 30 days prior to the General Election. Any Absentee By-Mail Ballot Requested for General Election, will be issued to voters via USPS beginning around the first of October.
ABSENTEE VOTING IN SOUTH CAROLINA
Absentee Voting begins 30 days prior and ends the day before all elections.
Absentee voting is allowed if you are unable to go to the polls for a number of reasons. Absentee Voting Qualifications can be found at scvotes.gov.
Requesting an Absentee Application
When requesting an Absentee Ballot Application, please have the following information ready:
- Voter’s Name
- Voter Registration Certificate Number or Date of Birth
- Home address and telephone number
- Absentee address of voter, if applicable
Requests for an Absentee Application can be submitted by several methods:
- Online Absentee Application Request from scvotes.gov
VOTERS MUST PRINT, SIGN, & RETURN THE APPLICATION WHEN USING THE ONLINE REQUEST
---> If you were unable to print your application, contact our office immediately.
- Regular Mail, Email, Phone, Fax, or In-Person
RETURNING ABSENTEE BY MAIL BALLOTS
Absentee by Mail Ballots issued to Voters must be returned to this office by 7pm on Election Day.
Use our Dropbox to return your Absentee By Mail Ballot - Located near the rear entrance of the York County Government Center. Here is map to the Ballot Dropbox.
ABSENTEE VOTING METHODS
Voters may vote Absentee by two methods: By Mail or In-PersonVoting By Mail
The Absentee Voting by Mail is a time-sensitive process, please make all efforts to return applications and/or ballots back to our office as soon as possible.
To vote absentee by mail, a voter will need to complete a 4-step mailing process:
- The voter, or an immediate family member, requests an application be mailed to the voter. The requester must also be a registered voter in York County and provide their voter registration number, address and relationship to voter.
- The voter is mailed an application to complete, sign and returned.
- The ballot is mailed only after the Registration and Elections Office has received the completed application.
- The voter mails the ballot back to the Registration and Elections Office so it is received no later than 7 p.m. on the day of the election.
In-Person Absentee Voting is available until 5pm on the day before the Election.
- Visit the Registration and Elections Office
- Complete an Absentee Ballot Application
- Mark and Cast their Absentee Ballot
COVID-19 and Voting
It is highly recommend that voters wear a mask to protect themselves and for the safety of all voters and election workers while casting their ballots. Voters will be provided with a single, one-time-use cotton swab to make ballot choices on the Ballot Marking Devices.
Our election workers will be wearing face masks/shields and gloves, using sneeze guards & cleaning voting equipment and tables to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Staying Safe When Voting - What is Being Done to Protect Voters and Workers? (PDF)
US Election Assistance Commission - Election Security
TOWN OF SHARON SPECIAL ELECTION
September 15, 2020
Office: Town Council Seat ( Vote For One )
Candidate Filing Opens: Friday July 3 2020 at noon
Candidate Filing Closed: Monday, July 13 2020 at Noon
Absentee Balloting Begins: Monday, August 17, 2020 - Mon. - Fri. 8am to 5pm
Absentee Ends: Monday, September 14, 2020 at 5pm
Election: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 7am to 7pm
PROVISIONAL BALLOT HEARING & RESULTS CERTIFICATION
Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 10:00 am
This hearing is open to the public
REQUIREMENTS TO CHALLENGE A BALLOT
Poll managers, any voter, and any qualified watcher may challenge the vote of a person who may be known or suspected not to be a qualified voter. A challenge may also be made if you have good reason to believe the person has already voted or has become disqualified for any cause. Challenges of ballots cast in person in the absentee precinct and at the polling place on election day must be made prior to the voter casting the ballot. No challenges can be made after that time. All challenges must be addressed to poll managers and not directly to voters. Challenges of absentee by mail ballots must be made prior to separating the ballot from absentee return envelope, which can begin as early as 9:00 a.m. on the day preceding the election. Challenges in the absentee precinct are very rare because the voter has the opportunity to make address changes or otherwise correct his voting record with election officials before casting an absentee ballot. If a challenged voter casts a provisional ballot, the challenger must appear or produce evidence at the provisional ballot hearing to sustain the challenge; otherwise, the ballot will be counted.