Protests & Appeals



Candidates who wish to protest an election must do so by filing the protest in writing with the appropriate authority prior to applicable deadlines.  Protests that are not filed with appropriate authorities by applicable deadlines may not be valid.

Refer to S.C. Code of Laws, Title 7, Chapter 17 for detailed information on protests and appeals. 

General and Special Elections

Candidates for countywide or less than countywide office

Protests must be filed with the county election commission by noon, Wednesday following the certification of results.

Decisions of the county board may be appealed to the State Election Commission.  Appeals must be filed no later than noon, Monday following the decision of the county election commission.

Candidates for federal office, statewide office, State Senate, State House of Representatives, Solicitor, and multi-county offices:

Protests must be filed with the State Election Commission not later than noon, five days following the canvassing of the results.

Decisions of the State Election Commission may be appealed to the Supreme Court of South Carolina.  Appeals by candidates for State Senate or State House of Represenatives are filed with the State Senate or State House of representatives, respectively.

Party Primaries

Candidates for countywide or less than countywide office:

Protests must be filed with the chair of the county party executive committee not later than noon, Monday following the certification of results.

Candidates federal office, statewide office, State Senate, State House of Representatives, Solicitor, and multi-county offices:

Protests must be filed with the chair of the state party executive committee not later than noon, Monday following the certification of results.

Municipal Elections

Candidates must file any protest with the chairman of the municipal election commission.  If the authority to hear protests has been tranferred to the county election commission, protests must be filed with the county election commission.

The deadline to file a protest in a municipal election is 48 hours after the closing of the polls.

Refer to S.C. Code of Laws, Title 5, Chapter 15 for detailed information specific to municipal protests and appeals.