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.
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.
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.
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