Candidate Filing Information
- York School District Trustee Seats 2, 4, At-Large
- Clover School District Trustee Seats 1, 2, 5, At-Large
- Rock Hill School District Trustee Seats 2, 4, At-Large
- Fort Mill School District Trustees ( 4 Seats )
- Fishing Creek Watershed ( 2 Seats )
- Tinker's Creek Watershed ( 2 Seats )
- Amendments & Local Questions
Opens: Monday, August 1, 2022 @ 12 Noon
Closes: Monday, August 15, 2022 @ 12 Noon
Opens: Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at 12:00 Noon
Closes: Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at 12:00 Noon
** Corrected the day of the week from Monday to Wednesday - 3/9/2022 **
Nomination by Petition for a General Election:
Closes: Friday, July 15, 2022 at 12:00 Noon
The last date to file a petition for a General Election is 12:00 noon, July 15th of the General Election year.
Petition candidates for multi-county offices must file their petitions with the State Election Commission. All petition candidates for State Senate, State House of Representatives, and Solicitor file with the State Election Commission, regardless of whether they are multi-county or not. Other county wide and less than county wide offices file their petitions with their county election commission.
To be nominated by petition, a candidate must file a nominating petition containing the valid signatures of at least 5% of the active, registered voters in the geographical area the office represents. The 5% is based on the total number of registered voters in the geographical area 120 days prior to the election. No petition requires more than 10,000 signatures. (Petitions for some local offices may have specific requirements set by state law that are different from the 5% requirement.)
All Municipal Elections in York County, SC are Non-partisan. Candidates do not have to seek nomination with a political party to file for an office. No party affiliation appears on the ballot for any candidate.
Municipal General Elections are held in October or November of every ODD year.
- City of Rock Hill - Council Wards 1, 2, 3
- Town of Clover - Mayor
- Town of Clover - Town Council ( 3 Seats )
- Town of Fort Mill - Mayor
- Town of Fort Mill - Town Council Ward 2, 4, At-Large
- Town of Hickory Grove - Mayor
- Town of Hickory Grove - Town Council ( 4 Seats )
- Town of McConnells - Mayor
- Town of McConnells - Town Council ( 4 Seats )
- Town of Sharon - Mayor
- Town of Sharon - Town Council ( 4 Seats )
- Town of Smyrna - Mayor
- Town of Smyrna - Town Council ( 4 Seats )
- City of Tega Cay - City Council ( 2 Seats )
- City of York - Mayor
- City of York - City Council District 2, 3, 4
- President and Vice President
- U.S. House of Representatives District 5
- State Senate Districts 14, 15, 16, 17
- State House of Representatives Districts 26, 29, 43, 46, 47, 48, 49, 66
- Solicitor Circuit 16
- Clerk of Court
- County Council Districts 1, 2, 5, 6
- Soil and Water District Commission ( 1 Seat )
- York School District Trustee Seats 1, 3, 5, At-Large
- Clover School District Trustee Seats 3, 4, At-Large
- Rock Hill School District Trustee Seats 1, 3, 5, At-Large
- Fort Mill School District Trustees ( 3 Seats )
- Fishing Creek Watershed ( 3 Seats )
- Tinker's Creek Watershed ( 3 Seats )
- Amendments & Local Questions
Filing for Public Office
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:Level 1 Room 1201
York County Government Center
6 South Congress Street
York, S.C. 29745 Directions
1122 Lady Street, Suite 500
Candidates for Multi-County Offices, such as: Solicitor, some State House and Senate Districts, and Watershed Commissioners may need to file with the State Election Commission located at:
Columbia, SC 29201 Directions
Contact our office or the State Election Commission if you are unsure as to where you need file as a candidate.
Some offices and jurisdictions require filing fees, while others do not. Filing Fees must be paid at the time of filing via Check, Cashier’s Check, or Money Order. Filing fees are usually based on a percentage of the annual salary of the office sought.
|2020 Federal, State, or County Level Office Filing Fees|
|Solicitor Circuit 16||$7,678.16|
|State Senate Districts 14, 15, 16, 17||$416.00|
|State House of Representative Districts 26, 29, 30, 43, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49||$208.00|
|Clerk of Court||$4,011.04|
|County Council Districts 1, 2, 5 ,6||$714.51|
Filing Fees must be paid at the time of filing via Check, Cashier’s Check, or Money Order.
Checks are to made out to the Political Party for which the candidate is seeking nomination.
Visit scvotes.gov for a listing of Filing Fees by County for Federal, State, or County Level Offices.
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/Party Pledge Form (SICPP) (PDF)||For use by candidates who are seeking a political party’s nomination to run in a general or special election.|
|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.|
|Filing Affidavit for Sheriff (PDF)||For use by candidates for sheriff. See S.C. Code of Laws Section 23-11-110.|
|Filing Affidavit for Coroner (PDF)||For use by candidates for coroner. See S.C. Code of Laws Section 17-5-130.|
No person may be popularly elected to and serve in any office in the State unless he is registered to vote in the geographical area represented by the office (S.C. Constitution, Article VI, Section 1).
A person convicted of a felony or an offense against the election laws is not qualified to file for or hold office, unless it has been fifteen years since the completion of the sentence for the crime or unless the person has been pardoned (S.C. Constitution, Article VI, Section 1).
Candidate’s qualifications for all offices, are determined at the time of the election and not at the time of filing or nomination. However, candidates for Senate and House are must be a resident of the district at the time of filing.
Qualifications for municipal offices may vary by ordinance.
Some individuals may be restricted from running for public office by the federal Hatch Act. The Act applies to federal employees and others receiving federal funds and restricts their participation in campaigns for partisan offices. For detailed information regarding the Hatch Act, visit the website of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.