Now that the legal options have run out, South Carolina’s June 12 party primary ballot is set and cannot be altered, the S.C. Election Commission said today.
A remaining option for the nearly 200 candidates who were not allowed on the ballot is to file as petition candidates in the November races.
The S.C. Supreme Court this month and a federal court challenge did not alter a decision
to disallow a field of mostly challengers on the ballot because of a paperwork issue surrounding candidates’statement of economic interest.
The form shows voters any potential conflict of interests, including income from government sources and lobbyists in the immediate family, among other listings.
State law says challengers must file the document at the same time they file for office. Incumbents were not held to the same requirement because they had statements of economic interests on file.
The result was that dozens of candidates were disqualified, including many who filed in Lowcountry races.
As a result of the court inactions, the Election Commission said today that nothing can change between now and the June 12 vote.
“The June Primary ballots are set, ballots have been printed, voting machines have been prepared, and voters are voting,” the release said.
Petition candidates can still try to get on the ballot for November. Hopefuls must gather the signatures of at least 5 percent of registered voters represented by the office the candidate is seeking.