Election

November 21, 2012

Richland County delegation is sued over law that established current election office

Four state senators from Richland County and the state South Carolina have been sued for passing a 2011 law that merged the county’s voter registration and election offices.

Four state senators from Richland County and the state South Carolina have been sued for passing a 2011 law that merged the county’s voter registration and election offices.

The S.C. Public Interest Foundation and former state elections commission chairman William DePass complain the legislation applied to a single county, a violation of the state constitution, their attorney James Carpenter of Greenville said.

Sen. John Courson, a Richland County Republican named in the suit, said similar laws were passed for other counties. Richland County’s elections operations have come under scrutiny after a shortage of voting machines led to long lines on Election Day. The county legislative delegation will meet Monday to investigate the problems.

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