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Municipal Elections

ELECTIONS 2015

City Offices scheduled for the November 3, 2015, election include:

  • Mayor
  • City Council - District 1
  • City Council - District 3
  • City Council - At-Large (one seat)
  • Commissioner of Public Works (one seat)
ELECTIONS 2017

City Offices scheduled for the November 7, 2017, election include:

  • City Council - District 2
  • City Council - District 4
  • City Council - At-Large (one seat)
  • Commissioner of Public Works (one seat)
Qualifications

The Mayor, City Council members, and Commissioner of Public Works (Greenville Water Commission) shall be qualified electors of the state, county and city and shall have resided within the corporate limits of the City for at least six months immediately preceding the date of their election. (Sec. 2-33)

Single-member Districts and At-large Seats

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Candidates offering for the office of City Council shall be elected at large and from single-member districts as provided in this section. For those elected from single-member districts, candidates seeking office from a particular district shall be residents of the district at the time they offer for election and during their entire terms of office, and shall be elected from each such district by the qualified electors of the district. The Mayor and Council shall adopt an official election map, incorporated as part of this chapter by reference, designating such districts and precincts.

The City shall be divided into four single-member districts, each with one council seat, and two additional seats shall be at-large council seats, for a total of six Council members. Each single-member seat shall constitute a separate and distinct office to which a separate number shall be assigned, and each candidate offering for the office of City Council shall specify for which seat he/she is seeking election. Each candidate shall not be permitted to qualify or run for more than one such seat or office in any one general or special election. The Mayor shall be elected at large. Neither the Mayor nor any Council member elected at large shall be required to be a resident of a particular district. (Sec. 14-7)

Terms of Office

The term of office of the Mayor shall be for a term of four years. (Sec. 14-5)

The term of office for City Council members shall be for a term of four years each so as to stagger the election of members of City Council whereby only three members of City Council will be elected every four years. (Sec. 14-6)

The term of office for the Commissioner of Public Works shall be for six years each and shall be so arranged that the term of one shall expire every two years. (Sec. 44-34)

Method of Nomination

View Ordinance No. 2014-25

The method of nomination for municipal elections shall be nonpartisan plurality as provided Chapter 14, Nominations and Elections, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Greenville and in S.C. Code 1976, § 5-15-10 et seq. and S.C. Code 1976, tit. 7. (Sec.14-2)

Nomination and Election Schedule

View 2015 Nomination and Election Schedule

The beginning and ending dates for nomination and election events held in each municipal general election year shall be in accord with the following schedule:

  1. Beginning date for filing statements of candidacy: twelve o’clock noon, one hundred and twenty (120) days before election.
  2. Closing date for filing statements of candidacy: twelve o’clock noon, ninety (90) days before election.
  3. Final date for Municipal Election Commission to examine and determine validity of statements of candidacy: twelve o’clock noon, eighty-five (85) days before election.
  4. Final date for publication by the City of municipal election: sixty (60) days before election.
  5. Election date: first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

When any date prescribed in this subsection falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday, the determination of whether an alternate date is required or permitted shall be made in accord with the general law of the state; but the selection of an alternate date shall not change the time of day requirements otherwise provided. Filings submitted to the Municipal Election Commission shall be made with the City Clerk.

NOTE: Regarding Special Elections, this section shall not apply to a special election which may be required to fill the unexpired term of the mayor or any member of the council because of resignation, death, disqualification or any other cause requiring a special election to fill a vacant office of the Mayor or any member of the City Council, however, such elections shall be conducted in accordance with state law. (Sec. 14-3)

Filing Instructions and Deadlines

Candidates filing for office with the city of Greenville or Commission of Public Works are required to:

  1. Candidates for Mayor or City Council:
    Review Article II, Council, of Chapter 2, Administration, and Article I, In General, of Chapter 14, Election, of the City Code to confirm eligibility and election process.
  2. Candidates for Board of Commissioners of Public Works:
    Review Article II, Board of Commissioners of Public Works, of Chapter 44, Utilities and and Article I, In General, of Chapter 14, Election, of the City Code to confirm eligibility and election process.
  3. Review Nomination and Election Schedule to determine filing deadlines.
  4. Complete and deliver to the Office of the City Clerk a Statement of Intention of Candidacy – Nonpartisan form, along with a non-refundable filing fee required for the office in which the Candidate is pursuing on or before the closing date for filing statements of candidacy:
    Candidates for Mayor: $728.28
    Candidates for Council: $449.45
    Candidate for Commission of Public Works: $0
    Filing fee consists of one percent of the annual salary of the office multiplied by the number of years in the term of office.
  5. Electronically complete Statement of Economic Interest form and Campaign Disclosure form as required by the State Ethics Commission and within the deadline established by state law. Please see the State Ethics Commission website for additional information.
Campaign Signs

Candidates using campaign signs must conform to the following:

  1. Signs must be confined wholly to placement on private property, with permission of the property owner. Such signs shall not be located on public property or in public street rights-of-way. [Street right-of-way is generally the area between and including sidewalks, or between utility poles if sidewalks do not exist.]
  2. Signs shall not be erected earlier than 60 days prior to the election or referendum to which they apply.
  3. Signs shall be removed within five (5) days after the election or referendum to which they apply. Signs for candidates in a runoff election may be maintained until the final election to which the signs apply.
  4. Signs shall not exceed six (6) square feet per sign face, and shall not exceed a height of four (4) feet.
  5. The regulations of this subsection do not prohibit the use of billboards.
  6. Any sign painted onto or fastened to trees or utility poles located in a public right-of-way or other public property is prohibited. Sec. 19-6.6.3 and Sec. 19-6.6.2(k)

Any sign not meeting these requirements will, without additional notice, be removed by the city of Greenville right-of-way crews and/or zoning officials. For more information, contact the Planning and Development Division at 467-4467.

Election Date and Taking Office Date

All general elections for the election of Mayor and City Council members shall be held on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November in each odd-numbered year. The Mayor and City Council members so elected on the election date shall take office and assume the duties of their respective offices at the first regular or called meeting in December of the same year. (Sec. 14-3)

Contest of Result

(a) Within 48 hours after the closing of the polls, any candidate may contest the result of the election as reported by the managers by filing a written notice of such contest, together with a concise statement of the grounds therefor, with the Municipal Election Commission or City Clerk in the Office of the City Clerk. Within 48 hours after the filing of such notice, the Municipal Election Commission shall, after due notice to the parties concerned, conduct a hearing on the contest, decide the issues raised, file its report together with all recorded testimony and exhibits with the Clerk of the Court of the County, and notify the parties concerned of the decisions made. When the decision invalidates the election, City Council shall order a new election as to the parties concerned. Neither the mayor nor any member of City Council shall be eligible to pass on the issues arising in any contest in which he is a party.

(b) Within ten days after notice of the decision of the Municipal Election Commission, as set out in subsection (a) of this section, any party aggrieved thereby shall have the right to appeal from the decision to the Court of Common Pleas for the County. Such appeal shall be taken in the manner and have the effect and result as provided by the laws of the state in such cases provided. (Sec. 14-11)

Municipal Election Commission

The Municipal Election Commission is comprised of three individuals appointed by City Council who are residents and registered voters of the city of Greenville. The term of office for Commissioners shall be for six years each and shall be so arranged that the term of one shall expire each two years. The Municipal Election Commission is responsible for conducting and supervising all elections of the city of Greenville.

For more information on becoming a candidate, change of address, political party affiliation, polling locations, voter registration, and absentee voting, go to www.greenvillecounty.org/Voter_Registration.