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Supreme Court Orders Candidates Removed from Primary Ballots

COLUMBIA, S.C. (May 2, 2012) - Candidates who did not properly file Statements of Economic Interests (SEIs) during the March filing period may not have their names placed on Primary or General Election ballots, according to a ruling today by the S.C. Supreme Court .

Under order of the Court, the political parties must provide a list of candidates who properly filed SEIs to the state and county election commissions by noon, Friday, May 4th. An updated list of candidates will be posted at after noon on Friday.

The State Election Commission (SEC) is pleased that the Court ruled expeditiously so that the work of revising June Primary ballots can begin. While there is no deadline in law, county election commissions normally have absentee ballots available for voters around 30 days prior to the date of an election. The SEC and county election commissions will be working diligently over the next two weeks to ensure absentee ballots are available to voters as soon as possible.

In the meantime, voters who plan to vote absentee by mail are encouraged to request an absentee application and return the application. Ballots will be mailed when available. Voters who wish to vote absentee in person should wait to go the voter registration office until ballots are available. Voters should check locally on absentee ballot availability.

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