South Carolina Secretary of State

Employer / Organization

South Carolina

Next Election

Nov 08, 2022

Filing Window

Mar 16, 2022 - Mar 30, 2022


The Secretary of State for South Carolina is an elected executive position in the South Carolina state government. The secretary of state is responsible for commissioning notaries public, issuing apostilles, issuing commissions, filing oaths of office for state officials, and incorporation of municipalities. The secretary of state maintains a database of all notaries public, issues commissions for elected and appointed officials, issues state-wide cable franchises, serves as the repository for several types of municipal filings, and regulates charitable organizations, professional fundraisers, business opportunities and employment agencies. The office is responsible for the statewide filing of most registrations, including: business, corporations, nonprofit corporations, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, limited liability companies, uniform Commercial Code secured transactions, and state trademarks. The salary for this position is $92,007/year.

Application Guidelines
To file for this position follow these three steps: 1) Contact the South Carolina State Election Commission to confirm that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for, and that you meet other office specific qualifications. Obtain the correct candidacy filing paperwork. 2) Complete the required candidacy paperwork including the appropriate campaign finance forms and (if you plan to run as an independent) petition papers. If you plan to run as a partisan candidate please contact your local party office for further instructions. 3) Submit the filing paperwork with the stipulated amount of signatures to your local county election office if you live in a single county district or to the South Carolina State Election Commission if you live in a multi-county district. The amount of petition signatures varies by office. The petition papers are due at noon July 15th (if July 15th falls on a Sunday, the petition papers are due the following Monday at noon). The South Carolina State Election Commission is the point of contact for any questions or concerns you may have. The South Carolina State Election Commission can be reached at (803) 734-9060 and their website can be found here:

Submit application to:
South Carolina State Election Commission, 1122 Lady Street, Columbia, SC, 29201, US