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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 the fall of every ODD year.
- Elections for 2023
Each municipality may require candidates to provide a filing fee when filing for local offices. Filing Fees must be paid at the time of filing via Check, Cashier’s Check, or Money Order and made payable to the York County Treasurer’s Office. Use the table below for municipal filing fees:
|Town of Clover||Mayor & 3 Town Council Seats|
Mayor $60.00, Council $45.00
|Town of Fort Mill||Mayor & Town Council Ward 2, 4, At-Large|
|Town of Hickory Grove||Mayor & 4 Town Council Seats|
|Town of McConnells||Mayor & 4 Town Council Seats|
|City of Rock Hill||Council Wards 1, 2, 3|
|Town of Sharon||Mayor & 4 Town Council Seats|
File by Petition
|Town of Smyrna||Mayor & 4 Town Council Seats|
|City of Tega Cay||City Council 2 Seats|
|City of York||Mayor & City Council District 2, 3, 4|
Mayor $100.00, Council $50.00
- Filing Documents
Statement of Intention of Candidacy Form (SIC) – Nonpartisan – For use by any candidate filing for nonpartisan offices. Form must be signed by the candidate in the presence of the Filing Official or Notary.
Petition Form – For use by candidates filing a nominating petition for Mayor or Town Council for the Town of Sharon. This petition form complies with the specifications prescribed in S.C. Code of Laws Section 7-11-80. This form must be printed in 8.5″ x 14″ format. The form is designed so that some information can be entered into form fields before printing.
City of Rock Hill Candidate Certification Form (Sample) - For use by candidates filing for Mayor or City Council for the City of Rock Hill Only. Form will be provided at the time of filing.
- Filing Official & Location
York County Government CenterBoard of Voter Registration and Elections Office of York County
6 South Congress Street, Level 1, Suite 1201
York, SC 29745
- Partisan Offices
- 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
- Non-Partisan Offices
- 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
State Ethics Filing
Campaign Finance & Ethics
Applies to all candidates:
All candidates must electronically file online a Statement of Economic Interest (SEI) form and Campaign Disclosure Information with the State Ethics Commission via http://ethics.sc.gov/. Forms, requirements, and filing instructions are available from their website.
Failure to comply with the filing requirements of the State Ethics Commission may result in fines or other fees.
Candidates are no longer required to file a copy of the SEI or Campaign Disclosure Information with Board of Voter Registration and Elections. See the Equal Access to the Ballot Act for more information.
Filing of the Statement of Economic Interest (SEI) or Campaign Disclosure Information has no bearing on ballot access or the ability of a candidate to win an election.
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.
Table of Candidate Qualifications from SCVOTES.GOV
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.
York County Government Center
Board of Voter Registration and Elections of York County
Level 1, Suite 1201
6 South Congress St
York SC 29745
Fort Mill Area: (803) 909-7194
Fax: (803) 684-7801