Municipal Government

Municipal government is the public administration of a city or town. There are 271 municipalities in South Carolina with three forms of municipal government authorized: mayor-council; council; and council-manager.

Find details about your municipality, such as population, demographics, current elected officials, and more here

Qualifications to run for office – Qualifications are provided for by each municipality by ordinance. For most offices, the candidate must be 18 years of age and a resident of the district they seek to represent. For specific requirements, check with your municipal or county election commission

Filing for office – Cities and towns conduct their elections at various times throughout the two-year election cycle. Election schedule can be found here.

Municipalities set election dates, filing periods, filing fees, candidate qualifications, methods of election, methods of determining results, and other election-related rules by ordinance. For specific requirements, check with your municipal or county election commission

General information about filing as a municipal candidate can be found here

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