March has arrived. It’s the month that spring officially arrives…and it’s also when political hopefuls file for their party’s nomination in the Primary Election. Laurens County Elections and Registrations Director Lynne West states that partisan candidates for this year’s November General Election must first file for their party’s primary. The filing period opens at noon Sunday, March 16th and closes at Noon on Sunday, March 30th. The primaries will be held on Tuesday, June 10th. The filing fees for various positions are available online at SCVotes.org.
Mrs. West states that candidates will file with the Laurens County Registration and Elections Commission at their offices on the ground floor of the Historic Laurens County Courthouse. Candidate requirements vary between various election positions, but details are available on-line at SCVotes.org. Candidates must pay the filing fee at the time of filing. They must be paid by check. Cash, debit and credit cards are not acceptable.
The Laurens County Elections Office is open Monday through Friday from 9am until 5pm. It will be open special hours the final two days to register, from 8am until noon on Saturday and Sunday, March 29th and 30th.
Elections were disrupted two years ago in LaurensCounty and across the state due to court rulings on technical violations in filing by many candidates. Elections Director Lynne West listed documents required for filing.
These include three copies of a completed and signed statement of Intention of Candidacy / Party Pledge Form, the SICPP. These forms are at SCVotes.org and also may be obtained at the County Registration & Elections office.
Mrs. West stated that Candidate names and filing documents will be posted to SCVotes.org in real time. Users may search candidates online using a variety of criteria. Search results can be viewed on screen and users may download a detailed spreadsheet. Interested persons will also be able to view the scanned SICPP and Filing Fee receipt.
Questions and concerns about filing for the upcoming election cycle by LaurensCounty residents may be directed to Lynne West, Laurens County Director of Elections. The office number is 864-871-2937. Her email is email@example.com