South Carolina elections, 2013

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1 2013 elections
1.1 Special elections
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

South Carolina election information for 2013 is listed below.

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2013 elections

Special elections

There are several special elections scheduled for the state of South Carolina in 2013.

Elections by type


U.S. House of Representatives

See also: South Carolina's 1st Congressional District special election, 2013.

The 1st Congressional District of South Carolina held a special election for the U.S. House of Representatives on May 7, 2013, which Mark Sanford won. The election was held to fill the vacancy left by the appointment of Representative Tim Scott (R) to the United States Senate. South Carolina law dictates that a primary election to fill a vacancy to the U.S. House must be held on the 11th Tuesday after the vacancy occurs, with the general election being held 18 weeks after the vacancy.[1] The period of time to file to run for office was January 18 to January 28. The primary was held on March 19, with a runoff on April 2 and general election on May 7, 2013.[2]

South Carolina has an open primary system, in which any registered voter can choose which party's primary to vote in, without having to be a member of that party.

Related: See election results here.
See also: South Carolina state legislative special elections, 2013.

State Senate District 42

Sen. Robert Ford (D) resigned on May 31, 2013 amidst an ethics investigation. A special election has been called for October 1, with a primary on August 13. Since two democrats, Marlon Kimpson and Maurice Washington, missed winning the August 13 primary election outright, a runoff election has been scheduled for August 27. Marlon Kimpson won the runoff election on August 27 and faced Billy Shuman, Alex Thornton and Rodney Travis in the special election on October 1. Kimpson won the special election on October 1. The filing period for candidates ran from June 21 to July 1.[3][4][5][6]
Related: See election information here.
See also: South Carolina state legislative special elections, 2013.

State House District 93

Rep. Harry Ott, Jr. (D) resigned on July 20, 2013 to work as the state director for the Farm Service Agency in the federal government. A special election has been called for October 29, with a primary on September 10. Russell L. Ott won the October 29 special election. The filing period for candidates ran from July 12 to July 26.[7][8]
Related: See election information here.

State House District 17

Tom Corbin (R) resigned his District 17 seat in the South Carolina House of Representatives on November 12, 2012, after he won election to both the House and the state Senate on November 6. A special election was scheduled for March 12, 2013. Candidates had until December 10, 2012 to file. A Republican primary was held on January 11, 2013. Mike Burns missed winning outright by one vote and went to a runoff with Chris Sullivan, which Burns won. Since no write-in Democrat filed to run by February 21, Burns was declared the winner on March 12.[9][10][11][12]
Related: See election results here.

Voting in South Carolina

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Important voting information

  • South Carolina uses an open primary system, meaning voters are not required to declare a party preference when registering to vote.
  • The deadline for registration is 31 days prior to the election.
  • As of April 2015, South Carolina is one of 20 states that have implemented full 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

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. To vote early you need to provide an excuse for why you will be unable to vote at the polls during normal voting hours. Those who qualify for an absentee ballot also qualify to vote early.[13][14]

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 2012 elections. The EPI examines election administration performance and assigns an average percentage score based on 17 indicators of election performance. These indicators were chosen 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 percent.[15]

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