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Elections – Civil Practice – Preliminary Injunction – SEI Filings – Voting Rights Act – Preclearance — Constitutional (access required)

Smith v. South Carolina State Election CommissionBefore the S.C. Supreme Court issued recent decisions that require candidates to file paper statements of economic interest (SEIs) at the same time that they file their statements of intention of candidacy, candidates had been following the advice of the S.C. Election Commission and the S.C. Ethics Commission and filing their SEIs only electronically.

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Elections – Voter ID Law – Voting Rights Act – Preclearance – 2013 Elections (access required)

South Carolina v. United States As authoritatively interpreted by S.C. officials – allowing voters without a photo ID to vote if they sign an affidavit giving any true explanation of what stopped them from obtaining a photo ID -- Act R54 is precleared under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act for elections beginning in 2013.

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Elections – Statement of Economic Interest – Failure to File – Primary Winner – Special Election (access required)

Tempel v. South Carolina State Election Commission Where the Republican Party left candidate Paul Thurmond on the primary ballot because they mistakenly believed he had fulfilled the applicable filing requirements, candidate Thurmond has been disqualified as the Republican nominee, and the Republican Party must conduct a special primary election pursuant to S.C. Code Ann. § 7-11-55.

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Elections – Fundraising – Corporate Contributions – Donor Recruitment – Reimbursement (access required)

U.S. v. Danielczyk In this prosecution of two corporate executives for an alleged scheme of recruiting donors and reimbursing their contributions to Hillary Clinton’s 2006 and 2008 Senate and Presidential Campaigns, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reverses dismissal of a charge of corporation contributions in violation of 2 U.S.C. § 441b(a).

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Elections – Voting Rights Act – Constitutional – Due Process & Equal Protection – Primary Ballots – Disqualification – Civil Practice – Temporary Restraining Order Motion (access required)

Smith v. South Carolina Election Commission The plaintiff-candidates allege that Anderson v. South Carolina Election Commission, 725 S.E.2d 704 (S.C. May 2, 2012) (“Anderson I”), rehearing denied Order No. 2012-05-03-05 (S.C. May 3, 2012) (“Anderson Order”), and Florence County Democratic Party v. Florence County Republican Party, Slip Op. No. 27128 (S.C. June 5, 2012), have been inconsistently applied...

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Elections – Civil Rights – National Voter Registration Act – Application Disclosure (access required)

Project Vote/Voting for America Inc. v. Long Virginia election officials violated the National Voter Registration Act by refusing to disclose completed voter registration applications with voters’ Social Security numbers redacted; the 4th Circuit affirms a district court decision that Section 8(i)(L) of the NVRA does apply to such applications and defendants violated the NVRA.

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