Charleston County Sending Replacement Ballots to Correct Clerical Error in Three Precincts

Friday, October 16th, 2020

The Charleston County Board of Elections and Voter Registration is working to mail out replacement mail-in ballots to voters living in St. Andrews Districts 3, 4, and 28. Incorrect ballots affecting County Council seats in District 6 and 7 were mailed to 1,324 voters.

It did NOT affect any other contested races on those ballots. Voters living in St. Andrews Districts 3, 4 and 28 should expect to receive their replacement ballot in three to five business days. Voters should only mail back the replacement ballot (it will have a purple stripe on the envelope).

In addition, 225 people who voted in-person absentee also received the wrong ballot for Council Districts 6 and 7. Some voters did not have the opportunity to vote for the Charleston County Council candidate representing their district, and others were able to cast a vote for a candidate outside of their district. State law does not allow for changes to those ballots and those votes will count.

County Council District 6:
By Mail: 652 voters affected
In-Person: 49 voters without the County Council 6 race on their ballot

28 voters that did receive ballots in the County Council 6 race, but should not have

County Council District 7:
By Mail: 672 voters affected In-Person: 148 voters affected

This was brought to our attention by a citizen who realized there may have been an issue with their mail-in ballot. Charleston County Board of Elections Commission has notified all of the Charleston County Council candidates who are affected, and has contacted both the Democratic and Republican party chairs.