SC candidates can file next week

March 15, 2014 


Campaigns that have been building for months will make it official in the next two weeks.

A two-week filing period for candidates for congressional, statewide, S.C. House and county offices starts Sunday, but most will have to wait until Monday to get on the ballot.

Election offices in Lexington County will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday for candidates, while those in Richland County and at the State Election Commission will be closed.

Depending on the post, candidates will file with state or local election officials instead of political parties.

That’s a change made by the Legislature in 2012 in an overhaul sparked by snafus that led to the disqualification of more than 200 candidates – mostly challengers – for failing to make personal financial disclosures in the way required then.

Making that mistake this time will subject a candidate to a fine instead of removal from the ballot, State Election Commission spokesman Chris Whitmire said.

Filing ends at noon March 30.

-- Tim Flach

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