2018 Surfside Beach Elections

by the Town of Surfside Beach

The Town of Surfside Beach is holding a general election on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. There are three positions on the Town Council that will be vacant, therefore these need to be filled. It is a four year term of office, running from May 8, 2018 until May 10, 2022. Polling locations open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m. on Election Day

The winning candidate does not need an absolute majority.  To be successful, a candidate must receive a majority of the votes cast for the seat they are running for.  The majority is calculated by totaling the number of votes cast for the open position. This number is then divided by three, and then by two.  A number of votes in excess of this figure is considered successful. If there is a tie, or no three candidates achieve a majority, a run-off election is held within two weeks of the regular election to fill the open positions.  There are two polling places thru out town to make voting easy and also convenient.

Information: Town Council and the General Election

A council form of government governs Surfside Beach.  There are seven members on the Town Council, including the Mayor.  The terms of the council members do not run concurrently to ensure a continuity in government. The Mayor has no additional statutory powers than a Council person. The Mayor presides over council meetings, calls special meetings, acts as the informational liaison to the governor in times of emergency and also performs ceremonial duties. The mayor acts and votes as a member of the council. An Administrator, appointed by the Town Council oversees the town business and also the day to day operations of the various departments.  There are seven candidates for three seats in the next election: Carol Cook, Tim Courtney, Bruce Dietrich, David Pellegrino, Debbie Scoles, MaryNell True, and Cabell Young. 

Visit www.surfsidebeach.org/elections-commission for more information.

Article brought to you and edited by Surfside Beach staff and administration.

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