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.

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. Some offices/jurisdictions require filing fees, while others do not. 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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MunicipalityFiling Information
Town of Clover

Elections Held on the First Tuesday in November of Odd Numbered Years

Plurality Method ( Most Votes Win )

Mayor & 6 Town Council Seats
(All Seats At-Large)

Terms:
Mayor - 2 Years
Council - 2 Years

Form: Statement of Intention of Candidacy Form - Nonpartisan (SIC) (PDF) - For use by candidates filing for nonpartisan office.

Offices for 2019: Mayor & 6 Council Seats

Fees: Mayor $60.00, Council $45.00

Any citizen desiring to file for office must be a qualified elector (registered voter) and a resident of the Town.
Town of Fort Mill

Elections Held on the First Tuesday in November of Odd Numbered Years

Majority Method (50% + 1) Runoffs are likely

Mayor & 4 Council Ward Seats and 2 At Large
(All Offices At-Large)

Terms:
Mayor - 4 Years
Council - 4 Years Staggered

Form: Statement of Intention of Candidacy Form - Nonpartisan (SIC) (PDF) - For use by candidates filing for nonpartisan office.

Offices for 2019: Mayor, Council Ward Seats 2, 4, & At-Large

Fees:  $100.00 unopposed, $50.00 opposed

A filing fee of $100.00 unopposed or $50.00 opposed shall be payable and paid at the time of filing the notice of candidacy. Candidates shall file expense statements as required by law. Town of Fort Mill - Sec. 14-5. - Entry of candidates; qualifications of candidates.

Any citizen desiring to file for office must be a qualified elector (registered voter) of the ward and a resident of the Town.

Town of Hickory Grove

Elections Held on the First Tuesday in November of Odd Numbered Years

Plurality Method ( Most Votes Win )

Mayor & 4 Town Council Seats
(All Seats At-Large)

Terms:
Mayor - 4 Years
Council - 4 Years

Form: Statement of Intention of Candidacy Form - Nonpartisan (SIC) (PDF) - For use by candidates filing for nonpartisan office.

Offices for 2019: Mayor & 4 Council Seats

Fees: None

Any citizen desiring to file for office must be a qualified elector (registered voter) and a resident of the Town.
Town of McConnells

Elections Held on the First Tuesday in November of Odd Numbered Years

Plurality Method ( Most Votes Win )

Mayor & 4 Town Council Seats
(All Seats At-Large)

Terms:
Mayor - 4 Years
Council - 4 Years

Form: Statement of Intention of Candidacy Form - Nonpartisan (SIC) (PDF) - For use by candidates filing for nonpartisan office.

Offices for 2019: Mayor & 4 Council Seats

Fees: None

Any citizen desiring to file for office must be a qualified elector (registered voter) and a resident of the Town.
City of Rock Hill

Elections Held on the Third Tuesday in October of Odd Numbered Years

Majority Method (50% + 1) Runoffs are likely

Mayor & 6 City Council Wards

Terms:
Mayor - 4 Years
Council - 4 Years Staggered
Forms:
  1. Statement of Intention of Candidacy Form - Nonpartisan (SIC) (PDF) - For use by candidates filing for nonpartisan office.
  2. 2019 City of Rock Hill Candidacy Pledge (PDF)

Offices for 2019: Council Wards Seats 1, 2, 3

Fee for 2019: $346.48

Candidates desiring entry in any nonpartisan regular or special election shall file with the registration and elections commission for the county by delivering to such commission in York, South Carolina, a notice of candidacy and a candidacy pledge, to be so filed not earlier than 90 days and not later than 60 days prior to the date of the election. A candidate for election to a ward council seat must have resided within such ward for a period of 30 days prior to the date of the general election in which he or she is a candidate. A candidate for election to the office of mayor must have resided within the city limits for a period of 30 days prior to the date of the general election in which he or she is a candidate. A filing fee of two percent of the annual salary of the lowest salaried office sought in that municipal election shall be payable and paid at the time of filing the notice of candidacy. Candidates shall file expense statements as required by law.
City of Rock Hill - (Code 1981, § 11-5)

Any citizen desiring to file for office must be a qualified elector (registered voter) of the ward and a resident of the City.

Town of Sharon

Elections Held on the First Tuesday in November of Odd Numbered Years

Plurality Method ( Most Votes Win )

Mayor & 4 Town Council Seats
(All Seats At-Large)

Terms:
Mayor - 4 Years
Council - 4 Years

Form: Nomination by Petition Form (PDF)

Offices for 2019: Mayor, 4 Council Seats

Fees: None

Any citizen desiring to file for office must be a qualified elector (registered voter) and a resident of the Town.
Town of Smyrna

Elections Held on the First Tuesday in November of Odd Numbered Years

Plurality Method ( Most Votes Win )

Mayor & 4 Town Council Seats
(All Seats At-Large)

Terms:
Mayor - 4 Years
Council - 4 Years

Form: Statement of Intention of Candidacy Form - Nonpartisan (SIC) (PDF) - For use by candidates filing for nonpartisan office.

Offices for 2019: Mayor 4 & Seats

Fees: None

Any citizen desiring to file for office must be a qualified elector (registered voter) and a resident of the Town.
City of Tega Cay

Elections Held on the First Tuesday in November of Odd Numbered Years

Plurality Method ( Most Votes Win )

Mayor & 4 City Council Seats
(All Seats At-Large)

Terms:
Mayor - 4 Years
Council - 4 Years Staggered
Form: Statement of Intention of Candidacy Form - Nonpartisan (SIC) (PDF) - For use by candidates filing for nonpartisan office.

Offices for 2019: 2 Council Seats

Fee: $25.00 (All Offices)

Sec. 18-10. - Filing a statement of candidacy. Candidates for the office of mayor or council shall file a statement of candidacy with the county registration and elections commission not earlier than 90 days, and not later than 60 days prior to the date of the election, and said statement shall be accompanied by a filing fee of $25.00. City of Tega Cay - (Ord. No. 273, § 11, 5-11-2007)

Any citizen desiring to file for office must be a qualified elector (registered voter) and a resident of the City.

City of York

Elections Held on the First Tuesday in November of Odd Numbered Years

Plurality Method ( Most Votes Win )

Mayor & 6 City Council Seats
(All Seats At-Large)

Terms:
Mayor - 4 Years
Council - 4 Years Staggered

Form: Statement of Intention of Candidacy Form - Nonpartisan (SIC) (PDF) - For use by candidates filing for nonpartisan office.

Offices for 2019: Mayor & Council Seats 2, 3, 4

Fees: Mayor $100.00, Council $50.00

Sec. 12-5. - Filing a statement of candidacy. Candidates for the office of mayor or council shall file a statement of candidacy with the registration and elections commission for the county not earlier than 90 days and not later than 60 days prior to the date of the election and said statement shall be accompanied by a filing fee in such an amount as required by council action, if any. The document referred to as "statement of candidacy" shall be furnished to candidates by the registration and elections commission for the county. City of York - (Ord. No. 11-513, § 6, 4-5-2011)

Any citizen desiring to file for office must be a qualified elector (registered voter) and a resident of the City.