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Up to 100 S.C. candidates ordered off June ballots
|Last Edited||karin1492 May 03, 2012 04:15pm|
|Media||Newspaper - The State|
|News Date||Thursday, May 3, 2012 10:00:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||The state Supreme Court Wednesday ordered S.C. political parties to remove up to 100 candidates from their June 12 primary ballots, sending candidates and voters into a tailspin in an election year already fraught with confusion. |
Any candidate who did not file a statement of economic interest — listing income, property and other financial information — at the same time they officially filed for office must be removed from the ballot, the court ruled in a unanimous decision. The ruling does not affect incumbents seeking re-election or officeholders seeking another office because they already had economic-interest statements on file.
The deadline to file to run was March 30.
The ruling means that some state senators who were expecting tough primary fights, including Jake Knotts, R-Lexington, and Larry Martin, R-Pickens, suddenly find themselves unopposed in June’s GOP primary.
It also means some would-be candidates — including Kerry Wood, who says he filed for office at 11:52 a.m. and filed his economic interest statement minutes later, at 12:30 p.m. March 30 — are off the ballot, leaving incumbents without an opponent in the November general election. Wood, a Republican, was the lone challenger to state Sen. Glenn Reese, D-Spartanburg.
And it means some seats will not have anyone on the ballot at all.
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