October 18th, 2007
08:50 AM ET
10 years ago

Can Colbert actually get on the ballot?

Watch Colbert discuss his political aspirations with CNN's Larry King.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - He made a splash with a surprise presidential announcement Tuesday, but can Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert actually get on the primary ballots in South Carolina?

The answer is yes, although it could get pricey.

The fee to be considered for the Democratic ballot is $2,500, while it’s a hefty $35,000 to gain admittance into the Republican primary.

Colbert has indicated he will seek to appear on each party's ballot and the South Carolina Secretary of State's office confirms a candidate is allowed to run in both primaries.

But it remains to be seen if the State Democratic Party's Executive Committee, whose approval Colbert needs to get on their ballot, will vote to certify a candidate who is also running in the GOP race. The rules state the candidate must be "actively campaigning" for the Democratic primary.

Meanwhile, the State Republican Party does not require an executive committee vote and would not prevent a candidate from appearing on both ballots.

Colbert has until the end of this month to file with both parties. The Republicans are holding their primary January 19, while the Democrats will vote January 26.

The Palmetto State is one of four lead-off primary states that will likely play a crucial role in determining the eventual nominee of both parties.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: South Carolina • Stephen Colbert
soundoff (169 Responses)
  1. Kevin, Princeton, NJ

    As much as everyone says Colbert's a joke, just as many are seriously considering him. And why? Because he's the face of change.

    He's not a distraction, he's a wake up call!

    October 18, 2007 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. Vic Bullard

    Stephen Colbert is a comedian with a very good show. He really shows the true colors of the Republican party by posing as ultra conservative. He is a comedian pretending to be a conservative and our president is pretending to be a comedian and a conservative. Go for it Stephen!!

    October 18, 2007 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. John

    It would be nice to have a president who pretends to be what he's not for the purpose of satire rather than outright fraud.

    Only in America can a satan worshipper claim to be a born-again Christian and get away with perpetrating evil not only in one elected term, but two.

    October 18, 2007 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. J, Atlanta, GA

    To those who think Colbert only digs at the Republicans, I remember an interview with Robert Kennedy Jr in which Kennedy Jr was claiming Bush stole the election in 2004 in Ohio. Colbert responded with something like "just how your uncle did in 1960 in Illinois?" The look on Kennedy Jr's face and his next few stammering words were priceless. Colbert's persona does allow him to say some tough things to the other side at times.

    October 18, 2007 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  5. Cynthia, Laguna Niguel, CA

    I would like to see Hilery Clinton for President and Stephen Colbert for Vice President.

    October 18, 2007 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  6. anna, Appleton, WI

    Is this guy for real??????????

    October 18, 2007 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  7. Eric, Wilmington, NC

    Colbert could be the most serious threat to the fundamental policies of our political process to date. Luckily, the system is in dire need of a cleansing and to be shaken down to its foundation.

    Stephen Colbert – a true Commander of the Constitution. And thanks be to that document for allowing non-career politicians the opportunity to seek the White House.

    October 18, 2007 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  8. Steve, cleveland, ohio

    Colbert in 08!!

    October 18, 2007 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  9. darktanis

    I blogged about this as well. I believe he can get on the ballot, but it will be close to impossible.


    October 18, 2007 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  10. Matt, Pittsbrugh

    Come on people, if he were totally serious about running for pres. it wont just be in S. Carolina. He is making a great point about how pathetic our political process and the people involved have become. People in S. Carolina need to do all Americans a favor and vote for him. Show all of them in Washington that we have had enough. It wont make any difference if he wins there but it will be a huge slap in the face to all in Washington.

    COLBERT '08!!!!!!

    October 19, 2007 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. Clarissa, Gainesville, FL

    Out of the 32 students in my community college american national government class, four said they were not registered to vote but will be registering so they can write in Colbert's name in the Florida primary, and an additional 21 students said they were already registered and would definitely be writing Colbert's name in as well. If he makes it to the national election stage, the remaining 3 students said they'd jump on the bandwagon and vote for him as well. Stephen Colbert, the youth have spoken and they want you to be the next president of the USA.

    October 19, 2007 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  12. Aaron, Detroit, MI

    this could be one of the best things to happen for this country in a long time... if he is serious and actually appears on the s.c. ballot, he will draw in more votes than most people believe possible. most of the country considers current politics to be a joke and this will only prove what colbert and stewart have been making fun of for years.. this could truely be amazing!

    October 19, 2007 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  13. Peter, Wausau, WI

    I'm sure this will improve his show's ratings.

    October 20, 2007 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. Oscar, NY

    the fact that people are willing to vote for Colbert in a serious election is a note of how dissatisfied some people are with the current administration. Colbert wouldn't think of running for actual president; he's just fulfilling his role as one who points out the "untruthyness" and nuances of the system.

    I normally do a blank vote, but Coodles to Colbert!

    October 22, 2007 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  15. Derek, Elko, Nevada

    Politics have been a joke since Nov. 2, 2004 anyway.
    Posted By Joy, Reno NV : October 17, 2007 7:25 pm"

    Unfortunately this statement is incorrect Politics have been a Joke long before 2004

    October 22, 2007 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  16. Oslin Chang

    Only in America, can you have a clown as head of state/Commander in Chief. This is the American drean. Good luck America and keep dreaming!

    October 22, 2007 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  17. Abe California

    If you old losers havent heard....


    go to it and find out.

    October 24, 2007 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  18. Chris, UK

    Go Colbert! If he actually won....he could have Jon Stewart as his running mate. There might even be a Colbert Girl.

    October 24, 2007 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  19. Cameron, Niagra Falls New York

    Wouldn't it be funny if he made it through, won the election for presidency, and then ended up being some huge evil fascist bent on the destruction of some insignificant country like Western Sahara or Vatican City.

    October 25, 2007 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
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