Update: Who Is Off the Ballot in S.C.?
After court shakeup, list of qualifying candidates are now in.
Update 1 p.m.: The state elections commission has just released the new list of certified candidates eligible to run in the June 12 party primaries.
More than 85 Republicans and 90 Democrats are in danger of not appearing on the June primary ballots, according to these documents.
“On behalf of all South Carolina Republicans, I am sad about this week’s candidate filing rulings, but am committed to following the S.C. Supreme Court’s instructions," read a statement from the S.C. GOP.
"Our party has meticulously analyzed the filing submissions in compliance with the standards set forth by the Court. We respect the Court’s decision and in compliance with the Court’s order, we have submitted our list to the Election Commission. We are looking forward to moving ahead and anticipate animated and spirited primary contests on June 12th.”
Original story: Voters should know today which candidates have been pulled from state and local primary ballots.
On Wednesday, the S.C. Supreme Court called for political parties to enforce a stringent paperwork requirement that went unmet by many first-time candidates when they filed to run in March.
The parties have until noon to provide the State Election Commission with a list of candidates who properly filed a statement of economic interest with their campaign filing forms.
The case brought by two Lexington County voters was expected to impact Lexington races. But, recognizing the broader implications of the decision, the court called for action from state and county party chairs to determine whether the qualifications were met statewide.
Sen. Kevin Bryant (R-Anderson) has introduced legislation to provide an avenue for candidates to correctly file the paperwork but it may be too late, said Sen. Larry Martin, a Pickens Republican and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will review the bill. Martin also spoke with the Greenville News about his lingering reservations.
The big problem, he said, is that there are some candidates who met the requirement "and they don’t expect to be adversely affected by this." Should legislators or the courts step in and help some challengers but not others, he wonders.
Martin's primary opponent, former S.C. House member Rex Rice, will likely be forced off the ballot.