COLUMBIA — This summer’s special election to fill Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell’s old Senate seatwill surely take place after a state representative withdrew an amendment that would have effectively cancelled the contest.

Rep. Alan Clemmons, R-Myrtle Beach, introduced the amendment and billed it as a way to eliminate confusion and costs associated with running special elections close to general elections.

But Clemmons said Thursday that there would not have been enough time for the U.S. Department of Justice to preclear the change to state election law before special elections set for this summer.

The measure would have lengthened the time period a seat would have to sit open before triggering a special election.

If passed, the amendment also would have cancelled a special election in Clemmons’ hometown of Myrtle Beach for former S.C. Rep. Thad Viers’ old seat.

Clemmons replaced his withdrawn amendment with a new one that would do the same thing, but wouldn’t apply until next year, he said.

The District 41 special election, pegged by some as a recipe for confusion, is set for July 17.

Read more in tomorrow’s Post and Courier. Reach Stephen Largen at 864-641-8172 and follow him on Twitter @stephenlargen.