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Oct 31, 2018

Even in high-interest election year, top races go unopposed

A candidate for statewide office in Rhode Island told supporters not to volunteer or donate to his campaign: It was pointless since he had little chance of winning. A candidate for Congress in Connecticut disappeared from his own campaign, saying he’d rather spend time coaching T-ball. The state Democratic Party in South Carolina, desperate for […]

Apr 10, 2018

SC Republicans propose closing state’s primary elections

COLUMBIA (AP) South Carolina Republicans took the first step toward ending the state’s practice of crossover voting during primary elections, announcing that the party would ask voters if they feel they should have the option to affiliate with a political party when registering to vote. The advisory referendum proposed by state GOP Chairman Drew McKissick […]

Mar 30, 2018

Filing window about to close for South Carolina’s elections

COLUMBIA (AP) Candidates across South Carolina have only a little bit more time to file for this year’s elections. Filing closed at noon March 30 for races including governor, the U.S. House and all of South Carolina’ statewide constitutional offices. Gov. Henry McMaster faces four GOP challengers in his quest for a first full term. […]

Mar 20, 2018

Filing opens for 2018 races across South Carolina

COLUMBIA (AP) Candidate filing is now open for this year’s elections in South Carolina. Filing opened at noon on March 16. Candidates have until noon on March 30 to file their paperwork and pay required fees. The governor and other statewide elected officials face voters this year, as do all of South Carolina’s seven U.S. […]

Jun 24, 2016

Haley signs election law changes after 4-year push

EASLEY, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Nikki Haley has signed two ethics laws on income disclosure and independent investigations of legislators. The Republican governor signed the measures Thursday in Easley, where she thanked Senate Judiciary Chairman Larry Martin for his work on ethics reform over the last four years. She also endorsed Martin, who’s in a […]

Jun 14, 2016

2 congressmen, 39 legislators face primary challengers

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Voters across South Carolina will determine whether two incumbent congressmen and 39 legislators survive primary contests to be on November’s ballots. Polls opened at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Tuesday. There are no statewide races. But both Gov. Nikki Haley and Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster are campaigning, though for […]

Jun 3, 2015

Elections — Court Revives School Board Election Challenge

Wright v. State of North Carolina (Lawyers Weekly No. 001-094-15, 41 pp.) (Wynn, J.) No. 14-1329, May 27, 2015; USDC at Raleigh, N.C. (Boyle, J.) 4th Cir. Holding: In this lawsuit challenging a state law redrawing electoral districts of the Wake County, N.C., Board of Education, the district court erred in dismissing the suit for […]

Mar 16, 2015

Municipal — Elections – Method – Nonpartisan Plurality – Clerical Error – Original Jurisdiction

Mitchell v. City of Greenville (Lawyers Weekly No. 010-037-15, 3 pp.) (Per Curiam) S.C. S. Ct. Holding: Even though an attachment that is mentioned in the respondent-city’s ordinance cites two methods for electing municipal officials, the body of the ordinance clearly indicates the city intended to adopt the nonpartisan plurality method. The court enters a […]

Dec 3, 2012

Lawmakers poised to select 9 new judges

South Carolina lawmakers are set to elect nine judges when they reconvene in January.

Nov 30, 2012

Richland County lawmaker wants election head fired

Republican Rep. Nathan Ballentine has become the first member of the Richland County legislative delegation to call for the firing of the county's election director.

Nov 27, 2012

Protest over Sen. Pickney’s election turned down

The South Carolina Election Commission decided Tuesday that Lowcountry state Sen. Clementa Pinckney's re-election should stand.

Nov 15, 2012

Special vote required after candidate wins 2 races

COLUMBIA (AP) — Greenville County voters must return to the polls to fill a House seat vacated by the incumbent who won two elections. The State newspaper reports ( ) that Travelers Rest Republican Tom Corbin won his bids for both a second term in the House and a move to the Senate.

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