COLUMBIA – An attorney behind a federal lawsuit over a South Carolina Supreme Court decision that removed nearly 200 candidates from ballots for the state’s June 12 primaries says the voting should be delayed.

Todd Kincannon told The Associated Press on Wednesday a delay is needed because state election officials violated federal law when they sent ballots to overseas voters and military members that only had federal races on them.

Election officials have said the federal law that requires them to send ballots overseas by 45 days before an election only applies to federal races, none of which were affected by the court ruling that financial and candidate paperwork must be filed simultaneously.

A hearing is scheduled Thursday. State senators are considering a proposal to restore most of the candidates’ names.