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The following offices are on the ballot in 2018:
U.S. House of Representatives (all districts) Aiken County: Congressional District 2
State House of Representatives (all districts) Aiken County: Districts 81, 82, 83, 84, 86
South Carolina Executive Branch (Governor/Lt Governor, Secretary of State, Treasurer, Attorney General, Comptroller General, State Superintendent of Education & Commissioner of Agriculture)
Aiken County Council Districts 1, 2, 5 and 6
Filing opens for the non-partisan Aiken County School Board of Education will be later this year. Districts 2, 3, 5, 6 & 7 will be on the ballot in 2018
Who Must File: Any person seeking to be a candidate for nomination of a political party (or a candidate in the party’s primary if there is more than one candidate), or seeking a non-partisan office in the 2018 General Election must file with the appropriate election commission – see below.
When to File: The filing period, which opens at noon on Friday, March 16, 2018 and closes at noon on Friday, March 30, 2018.
Where to File: Candidates for federal office, statewide office, and solicitor must file with the State Election Commission in Columbia. Candidates for State Senate, State House, countywide office, and less than countywide office must file with the County Election Commission in the candidate’s county of residence.
What to file: 1. Filing Form: Three copies of the Statement of Intention of Candidacy & Party Pledge (SICPP) form. The form is available HERE Candidates should wait to sign the form in front of an election official unless they are having the form notarized and delivered by an authorized agent. The respective election commission with “whom it is filed must stamp each copy with the date and time received, return one copy to the candidate, and send one copy to the appropriate political party executive committee.”
2. Filing Fee: Filing fees are paid at the time of filing by candidates seeking the nomination of a party nominating by primary. Filing fees are listed HERE. Filing fee checks should be made payable to the appropriate state political party (i.e. South Carolina Democratic Party). The filing fee is one percent of the annual salary of the office multiplied by the number of years in the term of office, or $100, whichever is greater. For exact filing fees, go to link above. This fee is applied to funding the primary. Personal check, money order, or campaign check only. Cash is NOT accepted. The candidate must sign a receipt for the filing fee, and the election commission with whom it is filed must stamp the receipt with the date and time the filing fee was received, provide one copy to the candidate and provide one copy to the appropriate party executive committee. It is necessary for all candidates to sign the Filing Fee Receipt issued by the State Election Commission/County Election Commission. If a candidate filing is being delivered by an authorized agent, the filing fee receipt may be delivered or electronically transmitted to the candidate, signed by the candidate, and returned to the State Election Commission/County Election Commission by the close of the filing period.
3. File Statement of Economic Interests and Campaign Finance Disclosure: Candidates for state and local office are required to file a Statement of Economic Interests and a Campaign Finance Disclosure online with the State Ethics Commission. Candidates are not required to provide paper copies of the Statement of Economic Interests or the Campaign Finance Disclosure at the time of filing. A person who becomes a candidate by filing a statement of intention of candidacy seeking nomination by political party primary must electronically file a Statement of Economic Interests for the preceding calendar year prior to the close of filing for the particular office. Failure to file these documents with the State Ethics Commission may result in a candidate fine but will not disqualify a candidate from the election.
Aiken County Democratic Party meets at 7pm on the 3rd Thursday of every month at Odell Weeks Recreation Center Room One.
Important Notice: The Aiken County Democratic Party's office at 410 Richland Ave West will now be open on Saturdays from 10:00 am to Noon.
We will be closed on Saturday, March 24
We can always be reached on our cell phone 803-648-6595