Lawsuit aimed at stopping primary rejected - FOX Carolina 21

Lawsuit aimed at stopping primary rejected

Posted: Updated:
A "vote here" sign outside an Upstate polling place. (File/FOX Carolina) A "vote here" sign outside an Upstate polling place. (File/FOX Carolina)
COLUMBIA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A federal lawsuit filed by five former candidates against the South Carolina Election Commission after they were thrown off the ballots last week was rejected by a panel of judges Monday afternoon.

Ann Smith, Tommie Reece, John Pettigrew, Bob Shirley and Robert Tinsley are the candidates named in the lawsuit filed in the United State District Court in Columbia.

The suit requests their names and others in similar situations remain on the ballot or the June 12 primaries be canceled pending the resolution of the lawsuit. It claims recent rulings by the state Supreme Court were in violation of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The suit states that the emergency, temporary injunction is the only means to fix the situation in order to protect the plaintiffs' constitutional and statutory rights.

Smith, a Republican, was running for the Anderson County Council District 6 seat. Reece, also a Republican, who currently serves on the School Board of Greenville County, was running for State Senate District 6.

Pettigrew was a Republican candidate for the newly drawn State Senate District 25, which includes Edgefield County where he is a resident.

Shirley was a Democratic candidate for the South Carolina House of Representatives District 11. Tinsley, also a Democrat, was running for Eighth Circuit Solicitor, which spans Abbeville, Greenwood, Laurens and Newberry counties.

On Monday afternoon, a three-judge panel meeting by telephone conference call refused to stop the voting.

The high court ruled last week that Florence County Republicans had disregarded an earlier ruling regarding paperwork submission and just certified all candidates, forcing county parties to reexamine their candidates' eligibilities.

The court's ruling removed nearly 50 candidates statewide including more than 20 candidates in the Upstate. Nearly 200 candidates statewide were dropped from ballots last month after justices ruled that financial and candidacy paperwork must be turned in together.

Copyright 2012 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow
Fox Carolina
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2014, WHNS; Greenville, SC. (A Meredith Corporation Station) and WorldNow. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.