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2.401 Election laws of the state to govern
2.402 Municipal election; Commission established; terms; vacancies
2.403 Date of elections; at large
2.404 Voting hours; place
2.405 Filing; statement of candidacy; petitions
2.406 Same; fees
2.409 Public notice required
2.410 Write-in votes
2.411 Successors to be qualified
2.412 When qualified; assuming office
2.413 Political parties
2.414 Nonpartisan elections; runoffs; tie votes; contested results
2.416 Qualifications for voting
2.417 Conducting elections; responsibilities
The United States Congress has mandated that any ordinance which impacts upon the election process must be cleared in advance by the United States Department of Justice. (§ 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended.)
Under state law, each municipal governing body shall determine by ordinance the time for filing nominating petitions, holding primary elections or conventions, the time for conventions, the time for closing of entries, and the time and manner of filing by candidates in nonpartisan elections.
The municipal governing body may determine by ordinance that either filing a statement of candidacy or a petition with the municipal election commission is required to place the name of the candidate on the ballot in nonpartisan general elections.
This article derives from the S.C. Code §§ 5-15-40 et seq., as amended and generally accepted municipal practices.