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Copyright www.flags.net/UNST.htm South Carolina
Governor:1(Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms)
Senators:2(Electoral Classes 2 and 3)
2000 Census:4,025,061 (1.43% of 281,998,273)
2004, 2008 Electors:8(1.49% of 538)
2002-2010 Representatives:6(1.38% of 435)
2010 Census:4,645,975 (1.50% of 309,785,186)
2012, 2016, 2020 Electors:9(1.67% of 538)
2012-2020 Representatives:7(1.61% of 435)
Capital:Columbia
 

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Official Name/Status   All States
 The STATE of South Carolina
 Status: STATE of the Union
 Ratified Articles of Confederation: 5 February 1778. this State formally adhered to the Articles on 9 July 1778 when the document was signed by its delegates to the Seventh Continental Congress
 Ratified Constitution of the United States: 23 May 1788
  The 8th state.

Traditional Sections and Regions   All States
 Section: SOUTH
 Region: Lower ["Deep"] South
 Survey: Metes & Bounds

Constitutions   All States     Links to State Constitutions
 Enabling Act: [None. One of the 13 original States which declared their independence from the nascent British Empire on 4 July 1776]
 
1st (1776-1778) [Adopted: 26 March 1776 adopted by Provincial Congress (='de facto' legislature), Ratified: 26 March 1776 not submitted to the People]
2nd (1778-1790) [Adopted: 19 March 1778 drafted and enacted by the General Assembly, Ratified: 19 March 1778 not submitted to the People; effective, November 1778]
3rd (1790-1865) [Adopted: 3 June 1790, Ratified: 3 June 1790 not submitted to the People]
4th (1865-1868) [Adopted: 27 September 1865 Convention convened, 13 September 1865, Ratified: 27 September 1865 not submitted to the People]
5th (1868-1895) [Adopted: 17 March 1868 Convention convened, 14 January 1868, Ratified: 16 April 1868 ratified by a vote of 70,558 to 27,288]
6th (1896-) [Adopted: 4 December 1895 Convention convened, 10 September 1895, Ratified: 4 December 1895 not submitted to the People; effective, 1 January 1896]


Executive Branch   All States
 
Chief Executive
  GOVERNOR
Successor to a Vacancy
  Lieutenant Governor [elected separately from GOVERNOR]
 
 
Major Executive Officers Elected Statewide   All States   2017 Office holders
  Governor: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. Term Limit: 2 consecutive 4-year terms
  Lieutenant Governor: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018. (Beginning in 2018, the Lieutenant Governor will be elected on same ticket with the Governor.)
  Secretary of State: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018
  Attorney General: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018
  Treasurer: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018
  Comptroller General: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018
  Adjutant General: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018
  Commissioner of Agriculture: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018
  Superintendent of Education: 4 year term, Election Cycle: 2014, 2018

Legislative Branch   All States
 
Legislature
  GENERAL ASSEMBLY
 
Upper House
  Senate
Lower House
  House of Representatives

Judicial Branch   All States
 
Court of Last Resort
  Supreme Court
Intermediate Appellate Court
  Court of Appeals
 


Local Government
 
   
PRIMARY CIVIL DIVISION  All States
  County [Type: Strong, Executive and Legislative: COUNCIL]
 MINOR CIVIL DIVISION  All States
   township [Type: None, Executive and Legislative: no associated governmental structure]
 
Incorporated Municipalities  All States
   

Statutory Election Information   All States
 
General Election   All States
  Tuesday next after 1st Monday in November of even-numbered years
[Code of Laws of SC 7-13-10]
Presidential Primary   All States
  NOTE: State Committee of Party wishing to hold a Presidential (either Preference or Advisory) Primary alone determines the date and polling hours of same
[Code of Laws of SC 7-11-20 & 7-11-25]
State Primary   All States
  2d Tuesday in June of even-numbered years
[Code of Laws of SC 7-13-15 (7-13-40)]
"Second Primary" (a "runoff" where no candidate in the Primary has received at least a majority of the vote): two weeks after the State Primary (that is, the 4th Tuesday in June of even-numbered years)
[Code of Laws of SC 7-13-50 (7-13-40)]
Polling times   All States
  Polls open: 7 AM local time
Polls close: 7 PM local time
The polls must be opened at seven o'clock a.m. and closed at seven o'clock p.m. the day of election and must be held open during these hours without intermission or adjournment. [Code of Laws of SC 7-13-60]


Links  Links to other web sites
 
Constitution    All States
  South Carolina Code of Laws
Election Authority
  South Carolina's Voter Information Resource
Legislature    All States
  Republican Caucus
  South Carolina Legislature
Democratic
  South Carolina Democratic Party
  South Carolina House Democratic Caucus
  South Carolina Senate Democratic Caucus
Republican
  South Carolina Republican Party
  The South Carolina Senate Republican Caucus
Third Party
  Labor Party
  South Carolina Green Party
  South Carolina Labor Party
  South Carolina Libertarian Party
  South Carolina Working Families Party
  The American Party of South Carolina
  The Constitution Party of South Carolina
  The Unity Party of South Carolina
Media & others
  FITSNews - Sic Willie
  Greenville Magazine
  Island Packet - Hilton Head
  Lexington County Chronicle
  Politics1.com - South Carolina
  South Carolina Citizens for Life (SCCL is a non-partisan, non-sectarian pro-life organization and is the state affiliate of the National Right to Life Committee)
  Spartanburg Herald-Journal
  Statehouse Report - Charleston
  The Beaufort Gazette
  The Charlotte Observer
  The Greenville News
  The Herald - Rock Hill
  The Item - Sumter
  The Lancaster News
  The News & Reporter - Chester County
  The Post and Courier - Charleston
  The State - Columbia
  The Sun News - Myrtle Beach
  The Times and Democrat - Orangeburg
  The Union Daily Times
  WCBD TV - NBC - Charleston
  WCIV TV - ABC - Mount Pleasant
  WCSC TV - CBS - Charleston
  WIS TV - NBC - Columbia
  WLTX TV - CBS - Columbia
 
 


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