South Carolina Governor

Employer / Organization

South Carolina

Next Election

Nov 08, 2022

Filing Window

Mar 16, 2022 - Mar 30, 2022


The Governor of the State of South Carolina is an elected constitutional officer, the head of the executive branch and the holder of the highest state office in South Carolina. The Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two consecutive terms. Under the South Carolina Constitution, the Governor is also the head of government, serving as the chief executive of the South Carolina executive branch. The governor is the ex officio Commander-in-Chief of the state National Guard when not called into federal use and of the state's unorganized militia. The governor's responsibilities include making yearly "State of the State" addresses to the South Carolina General Assembly, submitting an executive state budget and ensuring that state laws are enforced. Other duties and privileges of the office include: Commuting death sentences to life imprisonment; Requiring written reports from the officers of any agency or institute in the executive branch on any aspect of their duties; Periodically addressing the General Assembly on the state of the state and making recommendations concerning legislation; Convening special session of the legislation and, when the legislature is five days without a quorum, adjourning them; Residing at the official; Governor's Residence, the South Carolina Executive Mansion, except in cases of epidemic, natural disaster, or war; Vetoing bills and joint resolutions, subject to a two-thirds legislative override. The salary for this position is $106,078/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