Elections in the Town of Duncan are held every two years on odd number years. In 2020 the elections were moved to November at the request of the Spartanburg County Election Office. The Mayor and Council members serve four year terms. Two council members are up for election every two years. All elections for office in Duncan are nonpartisan. This means there are no political parties such as Democrats or Republicans. Anyone that has been a Duncan resident for at least 30 days before the election and is a registered voter can run.
Some Duncan residents may not be aware that in the Town of Duncan as well as in many other municipalities in South Carolina you can vote for candidates up to the number of open seats for that position. In Duncan this means that
- For Mayor you can only select one candidate
- For council members you can select up to two candidates.
So if there are three or more candidates listed as running for town council you can select either one or two candidates. A vote for a single candidate will add one vote to the vote total for that candidate. A vote for two candidates will add one vote to each of the vote totals for those two candidates. So you can vote for one or two candidates but you can’t vote for three.
You should also be able to write in up to two candidates as well but please call the Spartanburg County elections commission to verify this. If you vote for a candidate and then try to write-in the same candidate it will either add one vote or zero votes to the vote total for that candidate but it will not add two votes. Please call the Spartanburg County elections commission to verify how they handle that situation. The two candidates for town council that receive the most votes will both be elected to the town council.
The next election is scheduled to be held November 2, 2021. You must file with the election commission to run. According to the Spartanburg County Election Commission the window to file as a candidate for the 2021 November election will open on Monday July 19th at noon and close on Friday August 13th at noon. The filing fee to run for Mayor or Council is 250 dollars. The fee is paid at the Duncan Town Hall. After paying the fee the person wanting to register as a candidate must take the receipt to the Spartanburg County Election Office to complete the registration.
Any questions are best answered by the election commission. The Town of Duncan believes all information listed here is accurate but all information should be verified with the election commission. The contact information for the Spartanburg County Election Commission is:
366 N Church St
Lower Level, Suite 1630
Spartanburg, SC 29303