Batesburg-Leesville election protested

Two candidates are contesting losses at the polls in Batesburg-Leesville Tuesday.

Steve Cain and Pansy Buzhardt contend the election was flawed because of improper handling of ballots. They also renewed complaints that their challengers who won had improper nominating petitions.

Their complaint made Thursday goes to town election officials to settle next week.

Cain lost a mayoral bid but was re-elected to Town Council while Buzhardt lost her bid for a council seat.

Lexington County elections director Dean Crepes said his staff ran the election fairly and as required. "It was all done correctly," he said.

Town election officials previously rejected the pair's contention about the petitions.