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Attorney Drops Bid to Save South Carolina Election

Todd Kincannon said the lawsuit he filed last week on behalf of senate candidate Amanda Somers would now focus solely on military absentee ballots.

An attorney says he will focus solely on allegations the state violated the Voting Rights Act in sending separate ballots overseas for federal and local races, the Associated Press reported.

Todd Kincannon, who filed a lawsuit last week on behalf of Upstate Senate candidate Amanda Somer, will abandon his effort to reinstate nearly 200 candidates left off of June 12 primary ballots by a South Carolina Supreme Court decision, according to an article published on WSPA.com.

In federal court Thursday, Judge Cameron Currie asked Kincannon to clarify some of his claims by Friday. And she asked the State Election Commission to file a response by Monday.

Somers has been joined on the case by John Pettigrew Jr., who is running against S.C. Sen. Shane Massey in District 25, which includes a significant portion of Lexington County, including a portion of the town of Lexington.

Somers was allowed to stay on the ballot, while Pettigrew was one of more than 180 who were removed from the ballot.

Currie said a three-judge panel would need to determine Monday afternoon whether Somers, Pettigrew or both of them had standing to claim a violation of the Voting Rights Act.

If elements have been violated, the primary could be delayed.

 

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