Filing for President



Candidates running for President have two options for gaining ballot access in South Carolina:

  1. File with a certified political party to run for that party's nomination, or
  2. File a nominating petition. 

Write-in votes for President of the United States are not allowed by law.

Seeking a Party's Nomination

  • You must file with the state organization of one of the nine certified political parties in the state.  
  • Some parties may hold Presidential Preference Primaries.  Normally, these primaries are conducted by the parties.  Filing processes, filing fees, and primary dates are set by the party and may differ from party to party and from year to year.
  • For more information, contact the appropriate political party. 

Nomination by Petition

  • The petition must contain the valid signatures of 10,000 active, registered South Carolina voters. 
  • The petition must be filed with the State Election Commission not later than noon, July 15, of the General Election year.  If July 15 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, not later than noon the following Monday for access to the November General Election ballot. 
  • The petition must be in a form prescribed in S.C. Code of Laws Section 7-11-80. 
  • Visit the Nomination by Petition page for more information and a sample petition form.