Board of Elections & Voter Registration

Our mission is to ensure every eligible citizen has the opportunity to register to vote; participate in fair, honest and impartial elections; and have the assurance that their vote will count. We strive to serve the citizens of Oconee County with excellence and integrity in securing the basic foundation of democracy. We uphold transparency and accuracy of the voting process; every vote matters, every vote counts.

The board of elections and voter registration is responsible for conducting all county, state, and federal elections that are held in Oconee County. The board is also responsible for the municipal elections of Seneca, Walhalla, West Union and Westminster.

The five-member board is appointed by the governor upon the recommendation of the Oconee county legislative delegation. An executive director is appointed by the board to oversee the day-to-day operations of the board of elections and voter registration office.

The board meets quarterly at the board of elections and voter registration office, 415 South Pine St. Walhalla SC.

2019 Quarterly Meetings:
April 11 (1:00pm)
July 11 (1:00pm)
October 10 (1:00pm)

Board Members:

Joy A. Scharich (Director)

415 S. Pine St.
Walhalla SC 29691
Phone: 864-638-4196

Edna P. Reid

351 North Stribling St.
Seneca SC 29678
Phone: 864-710-2788

Webb Smathers, Jr.

341 Tobiano Dr.
Westminster SC 29693
Phone: 864-650-8797

Jim Murray (Chairperson)

47 Starboard Tack Dr.
Salem SC 29676
Phone: 704-763-3521

Our Mission

It is the mission of Oconee County to provide our current and future citizens and visitors quality services while protecting our communities, heritage, environment and natural resources, in an ever-changing world.


Oconee County – A diverse, growing, safe, vibrant community guided by rural traditions and shaped by natural beauty; where employment, education and recreation offer a rich quality of life for all generations, both today and tomorrow.


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415 S. Pine St.
Walhalla, SC 29691