Suspended House Speaker Bobby Harrell has submitted his resignation and mailed his withdrawal from the Nov. 4 election, a State House official said Friday.
Harrell, a Charleston Republican, agreed Thursday to step down from office and not seek election for the next three years as part of a plea agreement on six counts of spending campaign money for personal use. He received no prison time in exchange for his cooperation in any state or federal investigations.
The Clerk of the House received a fax from Harrell with his resignation letter, said Greg Foster, a spokesman for the House Speaker.
The letter also says Harrell is withdrawing from the election in House District 114.
"Pursuant with the court agreement, I am informing you that I am withdrawing from the 2014 election and resigning my office in the South Carolina House of Representatives at 5:00 pm today," Harrell wrote in the letter to the House Clerk dated Thursday.
Another letter was mailed to the election commission, Foster said. A commission spokesman said Friday morning that the agency had not received formal notification from Harrell.
The S.C. Election Commission said it was awaiting word from Harrell before deciding what to next.
One possibility is postponing the election until December, which would allow Republicans to nominate a replacement candidate to go against Democratic and Green Party challengers on the ballot.