The complete lists of candidates and ballot questions for this fall's general election should be set in place by noon today.
While Republicans and Democrats finished picking their candidates in the June 22 primary runoffs, other parties, as well as candidates seeking to get on the ballot through the petition method -- such as school board candidates -- have a later deadline.
Those petitions were due last month, and county election commissions have until noon today to verify that a candidate presented enough eligible signatures to qualify for a spot on the Nov. 2 ballot.
Today also is the deadline for referendum questions to be certified for the Nov. 2 election.
Locally, Charleston County voters will decide whether to approve a six-year, one-penny sales tax increase to pay for school construction projects.
Berkeley County has been debating whether to hold a November referendum on legalizing Sunday beer and wine sales. Council has set a public hearing and final vote for Aug. 23. Supervisor Dan Davis said the county already has submitted the language for the referendum to the election commission to meet the deadline for getting it on the ballot.
Across the state, voters will consider four referendum questions that could amend the state's constitution.
These questions involve: clarifying the state's ability to regulate wildlife conservation while protecting private property rights; ensuring that employees vote by secret ballot when deciding whether to join a labor union; increasing the state's rainy day fund from 3 percent to 5 percent; and using the state's Capital Reserve Fund to replenish its rainy day fund before offsetting any midyear budget cuts to state agencies.
Counties will begin having absentee ballots available to mail out in September, and the final day to register to vote in this fall's election is Oct. 2.
Dave Munday contributed to this story. Reach Robert Behre at 937-5771 or firstname.lastname@example.org.