County government, through elected officials, administers and enforces state laws, collects taxes, assesses property, conducts elections, issues licenses, and records public documents. It also provides parks, libraries, hospitals and a host of other services. South Carolina has 46 counties. The largest population is in Greenville County, and the smallest is Allendale County.
- Qualifications – There are many opportunities to serve at the County level – from County Council to Treasurer to Probate Judge. Requirements include: minimum age, residency, and voter registration. Detailed requirements for county offices are listed here.
- Filing – County offices are partisan, and candidates seeking a political party’s nomination to run in a general or special election must file a Statement of Intention of Candidacy/Party Pledge Form (SICPP) with their county election office during the appropriate filing period.
Filing fees are paid by candidates seeking the nomination of a party that nominates by primary (Democratic and Republican parties). The fees are paid at the time the candidate files for office. The filing fee for each office is one percent of the total salary for the term of that office or one hundred dollars, whichever amount is greater. Filing fees are determined using the base salary for the office in January of each election year.
Candidates filing with parties that nominate by convention and candidates filing by petition do not pay a filing fee.
General Election candidates must file between noon, March 16, and noon, March 30, of the general election year. If March 30 is a Saturday or Sunday, the filing period is extended to noon on the next day that is not a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday. Filing for special elections opens at noon on the third Friday following the date of vacancy and closes at noon, ten days later (Monday).