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SC Primary Besieged by Lawsuits, Controversy

More than 50 additional candidates have been decertified in the past week.

In less than 24 hours, millions of SC voters can head to the polls.

But they won't be able to vote for just anyone on the ballot.

Following SC Supreme Court rulings in May () and last Tuesday (), nearly 250 candidates have been ruled ineligible for election by county party leaders.

According to SC Election Commission spokesperson Chris Whitmire, 131 are Republicans and 117 are Democrats.

While most of those names will not be on Tuesday ballots, the 54 additional names (48 Republicans and six Democrats) removed in the past week will be and election officials will be reminding voters who they can and cannot elect.

The situation has raised anger in many state officials, including SCGOP chairman Chad Connelley and — but neither are able to change anything.

And the candidates have been left to decide their best recourse.

In one Upstate Senate race, .

Many candidates, , have decided to instead seek office by running petition campaigns that require signatures to make the November ballots.

And others are working on legal action, including . 

On Monday, Tommie Reece, Ann Smith, Bob Shirley, John Pettigrew and Robert Tinsley have filed a lawsuit in Anderson/Greenwood Division of the U.S. District Court over being booted off the ballots in their respective races.

Harry de Jong June 11, 2012 at 04:01 PM
South Carolina is the butt of jokes across the USA. After so many years of being under the scrutiny Voting Rights Act legislation and the US Justice Department does anyone consider that the problem is the party Good Olde Boys System of Legislation. This is not an accident but a deliberate and carefully orchestrated process to maintain the status quo. Does anything else have to be stated except the thought thank God for Missississippi. Almost last in literacy, high school graduation, etc., etc. Proud to be an American but not from the Palmetto State..... Throw them all out and safe our state's reputation.
Shawn Meek June 11, 2012 at 04:26 PM
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stanley seigler June 11, 2012 at 06:21 PM
@Harry de Jong: "...This is not an accident but a deliberate and carefully orchestrated process to maintain the status quo..." not unique to SC...same for T-GOP policies in all states...just happens that ratio of T-GOPs to moderates is higher in SC than most other states... definition: "Conservatism is a political and social philosophy that promotes retaining traditional institutions and supports...some conservatives seek to preserve things as they are, emphasizing stability and continuity, while others oppose modernism and seek a return to "the way things were..." T-GOPs want to return to those "thrilling days of yesteryear"...1929 maybe...well at least 2008. "Throw them all out and save our country"
Gretchen June 11, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Voting in SC is a JOKE. PERIOD ! How many times did JAMES ISLAND have to vote before they got the wording RIGHT on the ballot? Why wasn't someone there to advise them on the wording BEFORE the ballots were printed? Why do we have elections every few months around here ? Why do we have a primary election for President in January and for the rest of the jokels in June? It's plain crazy. How much are all these elections costing us? Wouldn't it be better to have a few CONSOLIDATED ELECTIONS and be done with it? No one seems to care about this... or about how long you stand in line waiting to vote either. BACKWARD ! That's what this State is.....

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