COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The campaign season is officially underway as candidates file with the South Carolina Election Commission.
Monday marks the first full day of filing in the two-week period candidates have to submit paperwork and pay fees. State law sets the dates as noon March 16 through noon March 30. But most county election offices did not open Sunday.
This is the first general election since legislators changed the filing procedure in an attempt to clear up confusion. Previously, candidates filed with local or state party officials.
Voters go to the polls June 10 for the Democratic and Republican primaries. Any runoffs would be June 24. The general election will be Nov. 4.
All statewide offices, state and U.S. House seats and both U.S. Senate seats are up for election this year.