The United States House of Representatives has 435 members, proportionally representing the population of the 50 states. South Carolina has seven congressional districts. Each congressional district is comprised of portions of multiple counties.
Candidates must be at least twenty-five years old, have been a citizen of the United States for the past seven years, and be an inhabitant of the state they represent at the time of election. Members are not required to live in the districts they represent, but they traditionally do.
An individual becomes a federal candidate and must begin to report their campaign finances once they have either raised or spent $5,000 in pursuit of his or her campaign. Within 15 days of this benchmark for status as a candidate, the candidate must register with the FEC and designate an official campaign committee to be responsible for the funds and expenditures of the campaign. This committee must have an official treasurer and cannot support any candidate but the one who registered the committee. Detailed financial reports are then made to the FEC every financial quarter after the individual is registered with the FEC. Reports are also made before primaries and before the general election.
To gain access to the ballot in South Carolina, contact the S.C. Secretary of State.
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