Candidates knocked off this year’s ballot because of a S.C. Supreme Court ruling have only a few days to scramble to get back on.
Those who collect enough signatures — either 5 percent of the active voters in their district or 10,000, whichever is less — will get on their name on the Nov. 6 ballot without any party label next to it.
Charleston lawyer Walter Hundley, a Senate 41 candidate, is collecting signatures in case fellow Republican and former Charleston County Councilman Paul Thurmond is kicked off the ballot. If Thurmond remains on, Hundley said he would not campaign and instead would encourage voters to support Thurmond against Democrat and former Charleston City Councilman Paul Tinkler.
Hundley said he is keeping his law office at 1517 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. open 24 hours a day until 9 a.m. Monday to collect signatures.
“I’m just trying to give voters a choice,” he said.
Carol Tempel, who filed as a Democrat for the House District 115 seat held by Republican Rep. Peter McCoy, announced Thursday that she already has turned in petitions with almost 2,000 signatures to get back on the ballot.
Read more in tomorrow’s Post and Courier.