Senate effort to return candidates to ballots fails

  • Thursday, May 10, 2012

This week’s efforts  by the S.C. Senate to place disqualified candidates back on the June primary ballot has failed.
The Republicans in the Senate attempted to attach an amendment onto the third reading of an election bill. That amendment would have given the more than 180 candidates from across the state who were deemed ineligible by the S.C. Supreme Court a chance to get back on the ballot.
It would have placed any candidate who filed their ethics disclosure forms by April 15 to be in the primaries.
Senate Republicans failed Wednesday to attach to an election bill on "third reading" an amendment re-instating candidates who filed required forms by April 15. The attempt to fast-track the proposal required overriding a Senate rule barring unrelated amendments to a bill.
Among the candidates who were determined to have filed their forms late are Rod Stalvey, who was running for Georgetown County Auditor and Tammie Avant, who was a clerk of court candidate.

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