The phone has been ringing a lot lately and the callers are pollsters. I always fail the first question: “are you likely to vote in South Carolina’s Republican Primary next week?”
The problem is that a lot of South Carolina Republicans aren’t going to vote either as candidates are being booted from the ballot right and left. Oconee County had so many candidates removed that Republican Party canceled the primary altogether. Statewide over 200 candidates have been dropped so far. Many removed from the ballot were challenging incumbents. In one Sheriff’s race where the current sheriff is retiring, no one qualified for the ballot. A few Democrats were also affected. Democrats are suing Republicans in one county for ignoring the Supreme Court and certifying candidates anyway.
Candidates can run as “petition” candidates if they can collect signature from 5% of registered voters in the area where they are running, and submit them by July 16.
The problem is that many candidates failed to properly file a Statement of Economic Interest (the rules are tricky). The parties are examining their slates statewide in the wake of a decision by the South Carolina Supreme Court that the paperwork was required.
One GOP candidate call it a “crying shame.” Ms. Conspiracy aptly observed:
If you don’t follow the rules, you don’t get to play.
Thanks to WSPA TV in Spartanburg for the story.
For more information, check scvotes.org.