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Elections – UOCAVA Voters – Voting Rights Act – Civil Practice – Standing – Candidate (access required)

Somers v. South Carolina State Election Commission The plaintiff-candidate seeks to bring a Voting Rights Act challenge to the procedure used by South Carolina’s counties to mail ballots under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) after the S.C. Supreme Court delayed the mailing of state ballots while it reviewed candidates’ failure to timely file their statements of economic interests. However, since plaintiff has failed to articulate any concrete and particularized injury that she has incurred or is likely to incur as a result of the transmission of separate federal and state ballots, plaintiff has no standing as a candidate to pursue a § 5 Voting Rights Act claim. Nor has she alleged an injury in fact or shown how she was denied equal protection of the laws.

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