Ballot Hearing Scheduled 3 p.m. Monday
Dorchester County Democratic Party's lawsuit will have its first hearing Monday in Orangeburg County; Summerville Patch will be there to live tweet and report in real time.
The first hearing of the Dorchester County Democratic Party v. Dorchester County Republican Party et al will be 3 p.m. Monday at the Orangeburg County Court House, according to Dorchester County Clerk of Court Cheryl Graham.
The hearing will be to validate the temporary restraining order placed on non-incumbent Republican candidates after the suit's filing June 29.
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The lawsuit was filed June 29 alleging that the Dorchester County GOP had certified non-incumbent candidates that were not eligible to be on the ballot, according to two S.C. Supreme Court decisions.
The suit came on the heels of county Democrats asking Republicans to prove their paperwork had been filed correctly. The Supreme Court ruled that at the time of filing March 16-30, non-incumbent candidates must have simultaneously filed their Statements of Intention of Candidacy with their Statements of Economic Interest to the party election official. Failure to do so would result in decertification. Nearly 250 candidates were knocked off the ballot statewide due to the decision.
To read more on the case:
- County Democrats file lawsuit against GOP
- Dorchester County GOP Chair and County Council candidate Carroll Duncan to file as a petition candidate
- Republicans accuse other Republicans of filing incorrectly
- Republican leadership tells members to quiet the rumors
- Democrats demand to see Republican paperwork, consider lawsuit