Candidate Filing Information

Campaign Finance & Ethics

All candidates must file a Statement of Economic Interest (SEI) form with the State Ethics Commission.  This must be done electronically on the  State Ethics Commission website.  Candidates may also be required to make Campaign Disclosure reports.  Visit the State Ethics Commission website for more information.

Failure to comply with the filing requirements of the State Ethics Commission may result in fines or other fees. 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.

 Download the State Ethics Commission's Candidate Newsletter

Candidate Qualifications

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. Use the table below to view the requirements for each jurisdiction.

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.

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

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:

1122 Lady Street, Suite 500
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.

Is there a Filing Fee?

Some offices and jurisdictions require filing fees, while others do not. Be advised, this office cannot accept or process any form of electronic payment.

Federal, State, or County Level Offices

Candidates filing for a Federal, State, or County Level Offices will be required to pay a filing fee. The fees are usually based on a percentage of the annual salary of the office sought.

Visit  SCVotes.org for a listing of Filing Fees by County for Federal, State, or County Level Offices.

Municipal Offices

Each municipality may require candidates to provided a filing fee when filing for local offices. Use the table below for municipal filing fees:

Municipal Filing Fees
Town of CloverMayor $60.00, Council $45.00
Town of Fort Mill$100.00 unopposed, $50.00 opposed
Town of Hickory GroveNo Fees
Town of McConnellsNo Fees
City of Rock Hill$346.48 ( % of Salary )
Town of SharonNo Fees
Town of SmyrnaNo Fees
City of Tega Cay$25.00
City of YorkMayor $100.00, Council $50.00


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.org 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.

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/.

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