A state Supreme Court ruling has many primaries set for Tuesday in pandemonium.
County parties around the state are re-examining candidate lists for the June 12 primary after the high court ruled Tuesday that Florence County Republicans had disregarded an earlier ruling regarding paperwork submission and just certified all candidates.
Nearly 200 candidates were dropped from ballots last month after justices ruled that financial and candidacy paperwork must be turned in together.
On Wednesday, Oconee County Republicans canceled their primary after officials said the ruling left no qualified candidates for the ballot.
Kylie Johnson with the county election commission said that the primary was called off after officials determined that none of the 11 challengers had filed paperwork appropriately.
Many candidates for Sheriff of Oconee County, a race that recently has been in the news a lot, said they are waiting for the dust to settle before deciding their next move.
State law allows candidates to appear on the ballot for the general election in November if they can get 5 percent of the electorate to sign a petition. Those signatures must be received by July 16.
James Bartee, who was arrested last week after investigators said he plotted the kidnapping of a retired judge, said he had not made a decision about pursuing the petition option.
Terry Wilson, Mike Crenshaw and Donnie Fricks said they are planning to collect the necessary signatures.
In Anderson County, five candidates are not eligible for the primary under the court ruling, according to the county's GOP Chairman Dan Harvell. Sheriff candidate Creed Hashe, District 3 County Council candidate James Cole, District 5 County Council candidate Denny Floyd, District 6 County Council candidate Ann Smith and state House candidate Ted Luckadoo were removed from the primary.
Laurens County GOP Chairman John Henley said four candidates were not eligible for the primary. Coroner candidate Robert Plexico, County Council District 2 candidate John Martin, County Council District 7 candidate Hunter Doolittle and Sheriff candidates David Brewer and Don Reynolds were removed from the primary.
In Greenville County, two candidates were removed from the ballot, according to county GOP Chairwoman Betty Poe. State Senate District 5 candidate Wyatt Miller and state Senate District 6 candidate Tommie Reece were ruled ineligible.
No changes were reported to primaries in Abbeville, Cherokee, Greenwood, Newberry, Pickens, Spartanburg and Union counties.
Copyright 2012 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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