The South Carolina Senate approved a bill Wednesday that could head off the election chaos that is currently swirling throughout South Carolina. Earlier this month, a state Supreme Court ruling resulted in almost 200 candidates being tossed off June’s primary ballots after the court determined the political hopefuls did not properly file financial forms when filing to run for office. The Senate measure approved unanimously Wednesday would remove the Democratic and Republican parties from the filing process and synchronize the deadlines for incumbents and challengers to turn in financial paperwork. It does not apply retroactively, so it will not help candidates taken off ballots by the Supreme Court’s ruling.
“There’s plenty of blame to go around,” said disqualified House District 54 candidate Mike Ryhal. “What would be nice is people step up to the plate and say we made a mess of this and we acknowledge that instead of saying it’s too bad these people aren’t on the ballot. Well it’s too bad they’re still in their positions.”