Richland County Voter Registration & Elections
Samuel J. Selph, Director
Adell Adams, Chair
Jane Dreher Emerson
E. Peter Kennedy
**All Board Meeting agendas and minutes, are located on the Election Commission page.**
2020 Hampton Street
Columbia, SC 29204
PO Box 192
Columbia, SC 29202
Monday - Friday
Phone: (803) 576-2240
Fax: (803) 576-1510
To ensure federal, state and local elections are conducted timely, responsibly, and with the highest level of professional election standards, accountability, security and integrity, intended to earn and maintain public confidence in the electoral process.
To promote, preserve and improve democracy by identifying resources, applying innovative strategies and technologies to ensure fair and open elections, which accurately reflect the intent of the voters.
It is our intent to provide quality election services to include transparent, yet secure, elections with timely and accurate results. Our responsibility is to remain apprised of and ensure compliance with all election laws and to maintain accurate voter registration statistics.
2017 Election Schedule
City of Columbia Special Election Council Seat 4
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
**Results remain posted for 3 months**
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Poll Worker Recruitment
Citizens participate in the electoral process in many ways. One of the most enjoyable next to casting their vote is working at their local polling location. Many citizens don’t realize they qualify to be a poll worker.
- A resident of Richland County, or an adjoining county
- If age 18 +, you MUST be a qualified registered voter to work on election day
- 16 & 17 year olds may serve as poll managers
- Complete online and in-person training
How to Apply
If you are interested in serving as a Poll Worker, please contact the Richland County Voter Registration & Elections Office at 576-1512 or Click Here for the Poll Worker Application.
Please mail applications to: PO Box 192 Columbia, SC 29202, or fax applications to: Attn: Betsy Hill at 803-576-2205
Online Election Training - Login
We're on the cutting edge of outreach and our community involvement efforts span throughout Richland County. At every step, our devotion to engage voters in new and unique ways ensures people are aware of the voting process and the services we provide.
All outreach events must be scheduled 3 weeks prior to your event. Please note, NO outreach events will be scheduled three weeks prior to an Election.
Make voter education a part of your next event. To learn more about the presentations, programs and services offered through the Department or to schedule an event, please use the online form (listed below) or contact the Outreach Coordinator at (803) 576-2202, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Political Sign Regulations
Before each election, thousands of political campaign signs dot the landscape of the county and the surrounding areas. Campaign signs play an instrumental role in establishing a candidate's identity and acquainting the public with the names of the citizens who are running for public office.
Unfortunately, many signs are placed in locations that violate county, state and federal laws. In many instances, illegal signs pose a threat to public safety, especially when they appear in intersections, medians, ditches, on bridges, utility poles, interstate entrance and exit ramps, or along sidewalks. In some instances, signs are (illegally) placed on public property or on private property without the owner's permission. The Richland County Election Commission has prepared this information as a service to better inform candidates for political office (and the public they intend to represent) about the laws that govern the use of political signs.
§ 57-25-10. Unlawful to display, place or affix posters within right-of-way. It shall be unlawful for any person to display, place or affix a poster within any right-of-way and visible from the main-traveled way of the highway. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be fined not more than one-hundred dollars or imprisoned for not more than thirty days.§ 57-25-140. Signs permitted along interstate or federal-aid primary highways; customary use exceptions; removal of vegetation from right-of-way. *( ) signs of thirty-two square feet or less advertising agricultural products of a seasonal nature, signs of a political nature, signs erected by or on behalf of eleemosynary, civic, nonprofit, church, or charitable organizations, or signs advertising special community events which are erected temporarily for ninety days or less.
Richland County Zoning Ordinance
Article 8, § 26-101.6. Political campaign signs. Signs announcing candidates seeking public office or relating to any election referendum shall be permitted. Such signs shall be confined to placement on private property. Such signs shall be removed within seven (7) days after the election or referendum has been decided. It shall be the responsibility of the candidate to have such signs removed. For Richland County political sign information, please contact the Planning & Zoning Department at 576-2167 or 576-2180. For other political sign information, please contact the authority where the sign is located.
The utility companies have asked us to pass along this reminder about placing posters on utility poles. They have asked that candidates or their supporters not to place posters on their utility poles because, not only is this practice destruction of private property, but it is very hazardous to utility workers when they need to climb poles during an emergency such as power outages or lightening storms.
For agendas minutes and actions, please visit the Election Commission page.
Links to other Election Sites
We have found the following links to other organizations to be useful for researchers and others seeking information related to the election process. However, any views expressed on these external sites, particularly if they involve opinions about specific campaigns, should not in any way be construed as shared by the commissioners or staff of the Election Commission.
S.C. State Ethics Commission
Federal Election Commission
Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP)