All candidates seeking a political party’s nomination to run in the November 6, 2012 General Election must file with the appropriate party official during the appropriate filing period. If only one candidate files for a particular office with a particular party, that candidate becomes the party’s nominee. When more than one candidate files for a particular office with a particular party, the nominee is chosen by primary or convention.
The Constitution, Green, Independence, Labor, Libertarian, United Citizens, and Working Families parties nominate candidates by convention. Conventions are conducted by the parties. Contact the appropriate party for more information regarding conventions.
The Republican and Democratic parties nominate by primary elections that are conducted by the State and county election commissions. The 2012 Republican and Democratic Primaries shall be held June 12, 2012 with a runoff election (if necessary) on June 26, 2012. The Republican and Democratic candidate filing period opens at noon Friday, March 16, 2012 and closes at noon Friday, March 30, 2012.
At the time of filing, each candidate must complete a Statement of Intention of Candidacy Form, pay the filing fee, present proof that they have filed their Statement of Economics Interests form online at the SC State Ethics Commission website (http://ethics.sc.gov), and complete any additional forms as necessary by state law or party rules. The filing fee is one percent of the annual salary of the office multiplied by the number of years in the term of office or $100, whichever is greater. This fee is applied to funding the party’s primary. Names of candidates who fail to file the proper forms during the appropriate filing period will not appear on the ballot.
Persons wishing to file for one of the following offices must file with the executive committee of the Dorchester County Republican or Democratic Political Party: Auditor, Clerk of Court, Coroner, County Council (Seats 4, 5, & 6), S.C. House, S.C. Senate, Sheriff, Solicitor Circuit 1, Probate Judge, Register of Deeds, and Treasurer.
Persons wishing to file for federal or statewide office must file with the state executive committee of the political party of the candidate’s choice. Contact the appropriate political party for specific information regarding filing.
A candidate may be nominated by more than one political party. Such candidates are commonly referred to as “fusion candidates.” Click here for information regarding candidates representing more than one party.
Names of candidates who were defeated in a political party primary or convention may not appear on the ensuing general or special election ballot (S.C. Code of Laws Section 7-11-10).
Additional information on candidate filing can be found on SCVotes.org.