Wednesday, July 18, 2012
The candidates who were booted from last month’s party primary ballots after a State Supreme Court ruling have until Monday to turn in their signatures if they want to be on the November ballot.
Most of the candidates are not waiting until Monday and began meeting with County Elections Director Donna Mahn this week.
Candidates seeking countywide offices needed to collect 2,014 signatures from registered Georgetown County voters in order to be on the ballot as petition candidates.
They are: Tammy Avant, seeking the clerk of court’s seat; Rod Stalvey and Kathy Harrelson, both seeking the auditor’s seat; Mike Andrews, seeking the treasurer’s seat; and Darryel Carr, running for sheriff.
There are also two who are hoping to run for County Council. Bubba Grimes and Ben Dunn are both seeking the District 5 seat and both have turned in their petitions.
Avant, who collected more than 3,200 names met with Mahn on Thursday afternoon. Andrews, Harrelson and Carr are expected to turn in their petitions today.
Stalvey has an appointment at 9 a.m. Monday morning. He said he already had about 2,200 signatures, but planned to go to Andrews this weekend to collect more.
“I’m hoping and praying that it’s is going to be sufficient,” Stalvey said.
He’s confident his signatures will pass the verification process since he collected about 75 percent of them himself, and the majority came from people who were voting during the Primary Election and subsequent run-off.
The candidates seeking S.C. House Seat 103 were also seeking signatures. Details are found in a separate story in today’s Georgetown Times.
Verification process underway
Once all the petitions are turned in, Mahn and her staff have to make sure the signatures are registered Georgetown County voters.
Because her office is receiving thousands of names, the state has created a formula that can be used so that every single name does not have to be checked.
“It’s based on a percentage,” Mahn said.
She said the first 500 signatures on each person’s list have to be verified. Then, every 10th name must receive the verification.
Mahn said while that is still a lot of verifications, it makes the task doable. She said verifying every signature would have been “physically impossible” before the Aug. 15 deadline.
By Scott Harper