Searching for election candidates not as simple as you might think

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Election day is less than a week away, and if you are looking to find out more about the candidates running for office in dozen of races across the Grand Strand and Pee Dee, you will have to take a few extra steps to find out more about them.

"I usually look online or on the internet to find out," said Ron Pougnaud who works in Conway, a city hosting an election on Tuesday. "But just driving to and from work you and can see all the yard signs publicizing who's running for different elections."

While political signs and TV ads are some of the most common ways to see who is running for office, you may want to see a list of all the candidates running in your town or city. If you look for a list on the South Carolina State Election Commission's website, you will not find any answers there.

The website only lists statewide and county elections, not municipality races in what is considered an off year for elections. But there are some other ways you can go about finding out who is running.

You can call your town or city clerk's office and ask for a mock ballot. You can also stop by the Horry County Voters Registration and Elections Department.

Director Sandy Martin said the department can help you if your town does not post the candidates' information on their website.

"Typically they put it on their website and that's where voters can find it if not they can call here and we'll send them a copy and tell them who's on the  ballot," added Martin.

For a full list of candidates and area elections click here.

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