Voter Registration & Elections
1872 Wilson Rd., Newberry, SC 29108
Office: 803-321-2121 Fax: 803-321-2122 Hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
The Newberry County Voter Registration and Elections Office processes and updates all information related to our voters. The County's files are part of an internal interactive statewide computerized voter registration database. This database serves as one source for selection of jurors in the city and county; it further provides the information used for all elections.
Our office is responsible for training all election personnel, providing election materials, and performing all technical functions on the electronic voting machines for elections held in Newberry County. These elections include federal, state, county-wide offices, school district trustees, municipal and special elections. Our department educates the public about the election process and encourages the public to participate in all elections.
We also coordinate the activities of the County Board of Voter Registration and Election Commission members. Our office is dedicated to the principle and the importance of each citizen's right to register, and once registered, his or her right to vote in a fair and unbiased process.
State Election Commission Celebrates 50 Years
Celebrating the Commitment to Ensuring Every Vote Matters and Every Vote Counts
Beginning January 1, the South Carolina State Election
Commission (SEC) will be celebrating 50 years of ensuring every eligible citizen has the
opportunity to register to vote, participate in fair and impartial elections, and have the
assurance that their votes will count. That commitment began on January 1, 1969, when the
SEC was formed by the General Assembly as an independent state agency charged with
overseeing South Carolina’s elections.
After 25 General Elections and more than 12,000 other state and local elections, the SEC is
celebrating its rich history of service and the importance of having elections run by nonpartisan
election professionals. Prior to 1969, the Secretary of State oversaw state elections. The
General Assembly created the S.C. State Election Commission as an independent state agency
to remove control of the state’s elections from a partisan, elected official. South Carolina is
unique in that regard with only 11 other states having similar structures.
James Ellisor was the first Executive Director of the SEC and was serving as the Deputy Director
of Elections under the Secretary of State in 1968. “South Carolina did the right thing when it
wasn’t a common or popular thing to do,” Ellisor said. The move also changed the makeup of
the State Board of Canvassers, which decides election protests. At the time, the board consisted
of the Secretary of State, Comptroller General, Attorney General, State Treasurer and
Commissioner of Agriculture. Ellisor continued, “Governor Robert McNair and others were
concerned that five elected officials from the same political party were deciding state and
federal election protests. They recognized the need for an independent agency in which voters
could have trust and confidence that any contest would be decided on its merits and not
Current SEC Executive Director Marci Andino notes that while the election landscape certainly
has changed over the decades, the core mission has not. “With the level of technology in
elections today, the cyber security required to protect the state’s election infrastructure, and
the public scrutiny of the election process, the election environment has changed dramatically,”
Andino said. “But through all that, we’re still working towards the same goal – making sure
voters are able to register and vote and have confidence that the process is fair and impartial.
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Over the years, the SEC has held fast to that independent and nonpartisan mandate with
extraordinary consistency in leadership. The agency has had only four executive directors over
50 years. In other states, it is common for election administrators to change as new secretaries
are elected. Andino worked for all three previous directors. “Our structure as an independent
agency has allowed for a remarkable level of consistency, stability, and transfer of institutional
knowledge,” Andino said.
The State Election Commission is made of five board members, an executive director, and 26
staff. In addition, there are approximately 500 county election officials and 20,000 poll
managers who serve throughout South Carolina.
Key milestones and accomplishments over the last 50 years:
• 1968 – Legislation passes to create the SEC
• 1968 – James B. Ellisor named as Executive Director (1968-1992)
• 1968 – South Carolina becomes the first state in the nation to implement a
computerized statewide voter registration system
• 1969 – Legislation creating SEC takes effect January 1
• 1986 – South Carolina implements voter registration by mail making registration easier
and more accessible
• 1986 – South Carolina implements the Uniformed and Overseas Citizen Absentee Voting
Act improving the ability of military and overseas voters to cast ballots from remote
• 1992 – SEC and county boards begin conducting party primaries previously conducted
by political parties
• 1992 – Lynn McCants named as Executive Director (1992-1993)
• 1994 – James F. Hendrix named as Executive Director (1994-2002)
• 1995 – South Carolina implements the National Voter Registration Act of 1993
establishing the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles and other state agencies as voter
• 2003 – Marci Andino named as Executive Director (2003-Present)
• 2005 – South Carolina implements a uniform, statewide electronic voting system
realizing an initiative started by former Executive Director James Ellisor to replace paper
• 2008 – SEC and county boards begin conducting presidential primaries previously
conducted by political parties
• 2010 – South Carolina implements the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act
expanding access to voter registration and voting for military and overseas citizens
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• 2012 – South Carolina becomes one of the first states in the nation to implement online
voter registration making registration easier and more accessible
• 2014 – SEC and county boards begin conducting partisan candidate filing previously
conducted by political parties
• 2017 – U.S. Department of Homeland Security designates elections as Critical
• 2018 – SEC requests proposals to replace statewide voting system
• 2019 – SEC celebrates 50th Anniversary
For more information on the South Carolina State Election Commission and other items related
to voter registration and elections, visit scVOTES.org.
A type of photo id is now required when voting in person, please click the link above to learn more.