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. Robert Rice, Katy, TX

    We all know no matter who is elected nothing that matters will change. I'm voting for Colbert. At least while nothing is getting done we can all laugh about it!

    October 17, 2007 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  2. Tina Mathews, Mendocino, California

    To paraphrase Jake Tupper on ABC News, "Colbert is the first candidate who understands, completely, how ridiculous he seems." That is his game–I think he's a wonderful addition to a bloated list of bland, and holier-than-thou candidates who do NOT see how absolutely ridiculous they seem as they tap dance around issues without regard to truth or consequence. Colbert gets the last–perhaps only–laugh!!!!

    October 17, 2007 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  3. Ellen, Mill Valley CA

    Where can I send my campaign contribution? I will dip into my retirement fund for Colbert – a truly great and brilliant man.

    And I'm not joking.

    October 17, 2007 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  4. unitron, Jacksonville, N.C.



    Not as both GOP and Democratic party!

    Seriously, even Ron Paul is more leftwing than Steven Colbert, he should stick on his side of the pond.
    Posted By Will Affleck-Asch, Seattle, WA : October 17, 2007 8:24 pm"

    Will in Seattle from Slashdot?

    Long time, no read.

    You are kidding about Ron Paul being to the left of Colbert, aren't you? Unless you mean the Colbert TV character.


    October 17, 2007 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  5. Betty, Santa Barbara CA

    Stephen Colbert has elf ears. So did Joe Strummer.

    October 17, 2007 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  6. Susan, Aiken, SC

    GO Stephen!!! You have my vote!!

    October 17, 2007 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  7. Stephanie, PA

    His running is no more laughable than some of the other clowns who have announced their intention to pursue their respective party's nod. Why don't we laugh at Colbert (and the other laughable candidates) and get down to the business of voting based on research and analysis of the real issues affecting our nation. BTW, gay marriage is not a real issue!

    October 17, 2007 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  8. sheila; oakland, ca.

    Stephen, we love you guy, BUT...you know you will be taking votes away from somebody...right? It's a great joke (though you might consider dropping out before you actually get on the ballot).

    October 17, 2007 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  9. Sherry, Las Vegas - - Colbert Nation

    Where can I send my contribution??

    October 17, 2007 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  10. Robert (ro-bear) San Diego CA

    Stephen Colbert has the strength and experience to lead our nation best. Mr. Colbert was also born in Washington D.C., the birthplace of our nation, perhaps the best qualification for president. Colbert '08!

    October 17, 2007 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  11. steve, phx az

    Those of you who think that Stephen is really serious about this need to get a life. He is merely showing up how screwed up our system is. Deal with it and be glad for the humor, we need it now more than ever.

    October 17, 2007 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  12. The72John

    Y'all understand that Colbert is a satirist, right? I'm astounded at some of the comments that seem to think that he is seriously running for president.

    There are 2 Colberts, people...there the ACTUAL Colbert and then there is his character. He's running as his CHARACTER, as anyone who read the New York Times Sunday "Week in Review" section this past Sunday would understand.

    The tragedy of American Politics is that there are so many appallingly stupid people participating...

    October 17, 2007 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  13. jubal8, Memes, CA

    Colbert/Kucinich '08

    October 17, 2007 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  14. Sean

    Who is going to take his show over, can he do the show from the Oval Office? I think the Secret Service would allow for it, it's all they have seen for the last 7-years anyway -comedy.

    October 17, 2007 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Yes! Colbert for President–but would he be Colbert on TV or the real Colbert almost no one sees?

    October 17, 2007 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  16. Teresa, Angier, NC

    How funny! Now, if the Stewart guy would run, I wouldn't mind looking at him for 4 yrs!

    October 17, 2007 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  17. Luke, Tatooine

    Colbert resembles Bob Saget at times, though he is actually much better looking. But he'll have to shed the Saget-stigma before he's elected, though.

    October 17, 2007 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  18. Mary, Roscoe, IL

    We've had a B-rated actor for President. Why not a top notch comedian?

    October 17, 2007 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  19. Chris

    Is this really news? I mean it has been revealed that the federal government tortured a tax evader (Ed Brown) and I have to read stories like this?

    October 17, 2007 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  20. Charles from Utah

    Back in the day when Pat Poulsen ran for president it was fresh and funny. Colbert is no Pat Poulsen. Grow up and go out and get a real job. What a hack.

    October 17, 2007 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  21. TJ Cincinnati, OH

    Wasn't this a movie that came out about a year ago? It starred Robin Williams?

    October 17, 2007 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  22. George, TX, USA

    I think any person can be an effective leader or even president if they can:

    *prioritize a large number of things,
    *maintain a common-sense and moderate platform,
    *have the charisma to hold people's attention,
    *present themselves as intelligent,
    *schmooze a little bit/ie manage not to piss people off too much,
    *and most importantly know how to pick the smartest other people to advise him on matters that are too specialized for one person to understand themselves.

    -for the record, I don't think he could win anything.

    October 17, 2007 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  23. Tricia M Charlottetown PEI

    Even if this is a Joke it is certainly in poor taste. Why do Americans go to such great lengths to belittle the Process that elects a Leader for their Nation.

    I suppose Leno and Stewart will be making their announcements now!

    Running for President in America...Comedians, Movie Stars, and Clones – no requisites or experience required.

    Pick up your Application at your nearest Super Market and drop it in the Applications Box for U.S. President on your way out!

    Only in America. I'm sure this will do wonders to improve America's image around the world.

    October 17, 2007 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  24. Dan

    Given how much of a lead Clinton is accumulating, Colbert might want to get into this fast! He has about as good a chance as Obmama at this point.

    October 17, 2007 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  25. A S, Los Angeles, CA

    Scarily enough – I'll write him in on the California Primary Ballot. My vote hasn't meant anything for a long time. I don't have a TV, so don't see the show – but I know what he's trying to do, and I'll help out. Under all the laughter, is someone who is just as pissed off about modern politics as I am.

    October 17, 2007 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
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