COLUMBIA, S.C. — Losing candidates from two state Senate races and one state House race have filed election protests with the State Election Commission.
The protests are:
Richard Yow, a Republican who lost to Rep. Ted Vick, D-Chesterfield, in House district 53. Yow alleges “in excess of 2,000 illegal/improper votes were cast” through a variety of means, including voters who moved prior to election day and, in one precinct, the number of votes cast exceeded the number of registered voters who signed in at the precinct.
Leilani Bessinger, a Republican who lost to Sen. Clementa Pickney, D-Jasper, in Senate district 45. Bessinger alleges, among other things, that Pickney does not live in the Senate district.
John Pettigrew, a Republican who attempted to run against Sen. Shane Massey, R-Edgefield, in the Republican primary for Senate district 25. Pettigrew was removed from the ballot after a state Supreme Court ruling found he and about 200 other candidates did not file their paperwork properly. Pettigrew alleges that Massey also did not file his paperwork properly, and asks the election commission to order a new election or certify another candidate.
The deadline to file election protests was noon Monday, Nov. 19. However, protests for Richland County election results are not due until noon on Monday, Nov. 26, per state Supreme Court order.