Now that the legal appeals have failed, South Carolina’s June 12 party primary ballot is set and won’t be altered, the State Election Commission said Thursday.
A remaining option for the nearly 200 candidates who were not allowed on the June ballot is to file as petition candidates in the November races.
Those documents have to be compiled and filed by noon July 16.
Any federal, statewide, state House, state Senate, or multi-county office candidates will file with the State Election Commission.
Any countywide or less-than-countywide offices file with the county election commission.
The S.C. Supreme Court this month and a federal court challenge did not alter the decision to disallow a field of mostly challengers to take part in the election.
The cause was pegged to a paperwork issue surrounding candidates’ statement of economic interest.
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 candidates who were unaware of the requirement were disqualified, including more than a dozen who filed in Lowcountry races.
On Thursday, the Election Commission said nothing can change between now and June 12. “The June Primary ballots are set, ballots have been printed, voting machines have been prepared, and voters are voting,” a news release said.
Petition hopefuls must gather the signatures of at least 5 percent of registered voters represented by the office the candidate is seeking.