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South Carolina elections, 2014

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Contents
1 2014 elections
1.1 Races to watch in South Carolina
1.2 Elections by type
2 Voting in South Carolina
2.1 Important voting information
2.2 Voting absentee
2.3 Voting early
3 Elections Performance Index
4 See also
5 References



South Carolina

The state of South Carolina will hold elections in 2014. Below are the dates of note:

2014 elections and events in South Carolina
Filing deadline for party candidates March 30, 2014 Red padlock.png
Voter registration deadline for primary election May 10, 2014
Primary election date June 10, 2014
U.S. Senate special election (primary) June 10, 2014
School board election June 10, 2014
Filing deadline for independent candidates for general election July 15, 2014
Voter registration deadline for general election October 4, 2014
General election date November 4, 2014
U.S. Senate special election (general) November 4, 2014
School board elections November 4, 2014

Below are the types of elections that are scheduled in South Carolina in 2014:

On the 2014 ballot
Find current election news and links here.
U.S. Senate Scheduled electiona
U.S. House Scheduled electiona
State Executives Scheduled electiona
State Senate Unscheduled electiond
State House Scheduled electiona
Statewide ballot measures (2 measures) Unscheduled electiond
Local ballot measures Unscheduled electiond
School boards Scheduled electiona

2014 elections

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Races to watch in South Carolina

State Executive Officials


See also: South Carolina state executive official elections, 2014

The South Carolina gubernatorial election will take place on November 4, 2014.[1]

Incumbent Nikki Haley is running for re-election in 2014.[2] Republican state treasurer Curtis Loftis, Jr. considered challenging Haley for the party's nomination, but announced on January 25, 2013 that he would seek re-election to his current post as treasurer instead.[1] Without Loftis, the list of potential Republican primary candidates is still long, and includes two fellow officials from the executive branch: Lieutenant Governor Glenn McConnell and Attorney General Alan Wilson.

South Carolina State Legislature


See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of South Carolina House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on June 10, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 30, 2014. Heading into the election, the Republican Party controls the chamber. The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6, 2012, general election.

Elections by type

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Contents
1 U.S. Senate elections in South Carolina
1.1 Regularly scheduled elections
1.2 Special elections by date
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U.S. Senate elections in South Carolina

See also: United States Senate elections in South Carolina, 2014, United States Senate special election in South Carolina, 2014 and United States Senate elections, 2014

There are both regularly scheduled elections and special elections scheduled for the U.S. Senate in South Carolina in 2014.

Voters in South Carolina will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 4, 2014.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 30, 2014
June 10, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: South Carolina is one of 13 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[3][4][5]

Voter registration: Voters must register to vote in the primary by May 10, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 4, 2014.[6]

See also: South Carolina elections, 2014

Incumbent: The election will fill the Senate seat currently held by Lindsey Graham (R). Graham was first elected in 2002.

Candidates

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Special elections by date


* November 4, 2014 *

South Carolina will hold a special election for the U.S. Senate in 2014. The seat will be a two-year term. The general election date will be on November 4, 2014, where a six-year term will also be up for election for the seat currently held by Lindsey Graham (R).

The special election will be held to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of Senator Jim DeMint (R).

On December 17, 2012, The Associated Press revealed that Scott had been chosen by Gov. Nikki Haley to take over for DeMint after he left to become President of the Heritage Foundation in January 2013.

Tim Scott will be the first African-American Senator from the South since Reconstruction.[14]

Candidates


Red padlock.png Note: The filing deadline for candidates was March 30, 2014.

Governor Nikki Haley had to appoint a candidate to fill DeMint's vacated seat until the special election in 2014.[15]

Failed to file

Previously rumored

Rumored but withdrew

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Contents
1 U.S. House of Representatives elections in South Carolina
1.1 Partisan breakdown
1.2 Incumbents
1.3 List of candidates by district
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U.S. House of Representatives elections in South Carolina

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in South Carolina, 2014 and United States House of Representatives elections, 2014

The 2014 U.S. House of Representatives elections in South Carolina will take place on November 4, 2014. Voters will elect seven candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the state's seven congressional districts.

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
March 30, 2014
June 10, 2014
November 4, 2014

Primary: South Carolina is one of 13 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[3][4][5]

Voter registration: Voters must register to vote in the primary by May 10, 2014. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 4, 2014.[6]

See also: South Carolina elections, 2014


Partisan breakdown


Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party holds six of the seven congressional seats from South Carolina.

Members of the U.S. House from South Carolina -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of April 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 1 Pending
     Republican Party 6 Pending
Total 7 7

Incumbents


Heading into the 2014 election, the incumbents for the seven congressional districts are:

Name Party District
Mark Sanford Ends.png Republican 1
Joe Wilson Ends.png Republican 2
Jeff Duncan Ends.png Republican 3
Trey Gowdy Ends.png Republican 4
Mick Mulvaney Ends.png Republican 5
James Clyburn Electiondot.png Democratic 6
Tom Rice Ends.png Republican 7

List of candidates by district


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1st Congressional District

Failed to file

2nd Congressional District

3rd Congressional District

4th Congressional District

5th Congressional District

6th Congressional District

7th Congressional District

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State executive official elections in South Carolina

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See also: South Carolina state executive official elections, 2014 and State executive official elections, 2014
Contents
1 State executive official elections in South Carolina
2 List of candidates by office
2.1 Governor
2.2 Lieutenant Governor
2.3 Attorney General
2.4 Secretary of State
2.5 Down ballot offices

Ten state executive positions are up for election in 2014 in the state of South Carolina.

The following offices will be elected in 2014 in South Carolina:

List of candidates by office

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Governor


Withdrew

Declined

Lieutenant Governor


Withdrew

Attorney General


Secretary of State


Down ballot offices


Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running?
Treasurer Curtis Loftis, Jr.
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2011 Yes
Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom
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2002 Undeclared
Superintendent of Education Mick Zais
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2011 No
Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers
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2005 Yes
Adjutant General Robert E. Livingston, Jr.
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2011 Yes


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State House elections in South Carolina

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See also: South Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2014 and State legislative elections, 2014

Elections for the office of South Carolina House of Representatives will consist of a primary election on June 10, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 30, 2014.

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Heading into the November 4 election, the Republican Party holds the majority in the South Carolina House of Representatives:

South Carolina House of Representatives
Party As of April 2014 After the 2014 Election
     Democratic Party 46 Pending
     Republican Party 78 Pending
Total 124 124

List of candidates by district

Red padlock.png Note: The filing deadline for candidates was March 30, 2014.

District 1District 2District 3District 4District 5District 6District 7District 8District 9District 10District 11District 12District 13District 14District 15District 16District 17District 18District 19District 20District 21District 22District 23District 24District 25District 26District 27District 28District 29District 30District 31District 32District 33District 34District 35District 36District 37District 38District 39District 40District 41District 42District 43District 44District 45District 46District 47District 48District 49District 50District 51District 52District 53District 54District 55District 56District 57District 58District 59District 60District 61District 62District 63District 64District 65District 66District 67District 68District 69District 70District 71District 72District 73District 74District 75District 76District 77District 78District 79District 80District 81District 82District 83District 84District 85District 86District 87District 88District 89District 90District 91District 92District 93District 94District 95District 96District 97District 98District 99District 100District 101District 102District 103District 104District 105District 106District 107District 108District 109District 110District 111District 112District 113District 114District 115District 116District 117District 118District 119District 120District 121District 122District 123District 124

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School board elections in South Carolina

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See also: List of school board elections in 2014 and South Carolina school board elections, 2014

In 2014, 672 of America's largest school districts are holding elections for 2,148 seats. These elections will take place in 39 states.


State elections


A total of 23 South Carolina school districts among America's largest school districts by enrollment will hold elections in 2014. These districts feature 92 seats up for election. Kershaw County School District will hold elections on June 10, 2014. Board elections in 22 districts are scheduled on November 4, 2014. The districts listed below served 483,772 K-12 students during the 2010-2011 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.[47]

2014 South Carolina School Board Elections
District Date Seats up for election Total board seats Student enrollment
Kershaw County School District 6/10/2014 4 9 10,359
Aiken County Public School District 11/4/2014 5 9 24,632
Anderson School District One 11/4/2014 4 7 9,246
Anderson School District Five 11/4/2014 4 9 12,501
Beaufort County School District 11/4/2014 6 11 19,648
Berkley County School District 11/4/2014 4 9 29,400
Charleston County School District 11/4/2014 4 9 43,654
Darlington County School District 11/4/2014 4 8 10,693
District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties 11/4/2014 3 7 16,699
Dorchester School District Two 11/4/2014 4 7 22,762
Florence Public School District One 11/4/2014 4 9 15,919
Fort Mill Schools 11/4/2014 4 7 10,310
Georgetown County School District 11/4/2014 3 9 9,789
Greenville County School District 11/4/2014 6 12 71,930
Greenwood School District 50 11/4/2014 4 9 9,151
Horry County Schools 11/4/2014 7 12 38,534
Lancaster County School District 11/4/2014 4 7 11,696
Lexington School District One 11/4/2014 3 7 22,694
Richland County School District One 11/4/2014 3 7 24,220
Richland School District Two 11/4/2014 4 7 25,667
Rock Hill Schools - York County District 3 11/4/2014 3 7 17,343
School District of Oconee County 11/4/2014 2 5 10,606
School District of Pickens County 11/4/2014 3 6 16,319



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Voting in South Carolina

See also: Voting in South Carolina

Important voting information

  • South Carolina is one of 13 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[3][4][5]
  • As of April 2014, South Carolina is one of the 15 states that have implemented online voter registration. Residents can register online at this website

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee voting by state

For information about eligibility, deadlines, military and overseas voting and updates to the voting laws in South Carolina, please visit our absentee voting by state page.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

South Carolina is one of eight states that allow early voting but require an excuse to vote early. Early voting begins as soon as ballots become available and ends at 5 p.m. the day prior to election day.[48][49]

To vote early you need to provide an excuse for why you will be unable to vote at the polls during normal voting hours. Falling into any of the following categories is a valid reason:

  • a student away at college (or a spouse or dependent residing with the student)
  • a member of the Armed Forces, Merchant Marines, Red Cross, USO, government employees, or a spouse or dependent residing with such a person
  • a person with a job that prevents you from voting in person on election day
  • physically disabled
  • away on vacation on election day
  • 65 or older
  • confined to a jail or pre-trial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial
  • attending sick or physically disabled persons
  • on jury duty in state or federal court on election day
  • a certified poll watchers or poll managers

Elections Performance Index

See also: Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index

South Carolina ranked 40th out of the 50 states and District of Columbia in the Pew Charitable Trusts' Elections Performance Index (EPI), based on the 2010 elections. The EPI examines election administration performance and assigns an average percentage score based on 17 indicators of election performance. These indicators were chosen to in order to determine both the convenience and integrity of these three phases of an election: registration, voting and counting. South Carolina received an overall score of 58%.[50]

See also

References

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  2. Washington Post, "South Carolina Gov. Haley launches re-election campaign (Video)," August 26, 2013
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  4. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
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  14. USA Today, "South Carolina to get first black senator in Tim Scott," December 17, 2012
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  45. The State, "ELECTION 2014: Parnell Diggs to run for Attorney General," January 22, 2014
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  48. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named absentee
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  50. Pew Charitable Trusts, Election Performance Index Report