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Challengers Added Back to Ballot Should be Disqualified at Once
A Column by the Editor
web posted May 7, 2012
COLUMN – With the South Carolina Supreme
Court ruling handed down last Wednesday, both political parties have
certified candidates that did not meet the required standards to be
placed on the ballot, and knowingly so. This, in my opinion, is a slap
in the face of the law and in the end will hurt not only the
candidates, but the voters as well. It is time for county election
commissions to do the job the political parties have abdicated doing
for their candidates.
Of all the new candidates filing for office in Edgefield County this
year, only one met the statutory obligations to be a candidate,
Democrat County Council Dist 4 candidate Tracy Freeman. County
political party officials agree on that simple fact. However, by the
noon deadline Friday to certify candidates rolled around, those
disqualified were sent in as legal
candidates, when they are not.
All of them must be removed from the ballot in order to protect the
sanctity of the election process.
To the political party leaders at the local a state level; you should
all be ashamed for trying to blow life into doomed campaigns that will
not be certified after the elections. It is far better to tell the
candidates the truth and help them through the viable routes to have
their names replaced on the ballot legally.
Edgefield County Election Commission Chairman David Satcher has stated
that he and the commission will be reviewing the list of candidates
starting today. Stating that the commission will follow "the law",
there is a shinning light in the dark abysmal abyss of Republican and
Democrat party shenanigans.
This is not an attack on any of the candidates who, in good faith,
followed the bad advice of those charged with making sure all legal
documentation was correctly filled out and filed at the proper time -
the day they signed up for the run for political office.
However, ignorance is no excuse from the punishment for not following
the unambiguous letter of the law.
is clear and all the legal arguments now being used by
political party lawyers to try to save as many candidates as they can
in order to
keep them on the ballot have already been discussed and ruled on by the
This is not a matter up for debate.
I have full faith in the Edgefield County Election Commission and hope
that they, sooner than later, take the steps to remove those added back
to the ballot in spite of not fulfilling their legal obligations to be
The democratic process of our elections in our great Republic hangs in
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