Category Archives: South Carolina

Why Was South Carolina’s Voter ID Law Approved in 2012? Will It Remain?

By: Lane Reeder Prior to Shelby County v. Holder in 2013, South Carolina was a covered jurisdiction under Section Five of the Voting Rights Act.  In 2011, during Legislative Session 119, the South Carolina legislature passed, and the Governor signed, … Continue reading

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SC: Loyalty Oaths

essay writing service The idea of swearing or singing an oath pledging loyalty and allegiance to a person, a place, or even an ideal may seem like a vestige of a bygone era where cold war tensions were high and … Continue reading

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Right to a Write-In Vote in South Carolina?

By: Lauren Coleman Greenville, South Carolina, will become the largest municipality in South Carolina to cancel an election this upcoming November.  Mayor Knox White and three members of the City Council are running unopposed and will take office without going … Continue reading

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Legislative Appointment of South Carolina’s Judiciary: Somethin’ Could be Finer

By Austin Graham             Among the states, a relative variety exists in the methods employed for selecting state court judges, including partisan elections, nonpartisan elections, gubernatorial appointment, merit-selection systems, and legislative appointment. Out of these, merit-selection systems are the most … Continue reading

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Could Open Primaries Close the Door on Graham in 2014?

by Meredith Weinberg, Contributor A recent case out of South Carolina is drawing attention to the potential impact of open primaries on election results. South Carolina law does not require voters to formally register with a particular political party in … Continue reading

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Paper Trail: South Carolina’s Problematic DRE Voting Machines

by Austin Graham, Contributor Last November, Richland County residents seeking to participate in local elections encountered an unanticipated hindrance at polling stations: stagnant lines of voters unable to cast their ballots because of malfunctioning voting machines. The lines reportedly were … Continue reading

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When is state law not enforceable?

Texas awaits DOJ approval for its new voter photo ID law. by Daniel Carrico The battle over Texas’s controversial new voter identification bill should be over. Instead, it appears to be heating up. Senate Bill 14 amends the Texas Election … Continue reading

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Voter identification laws in New Hampshire: continuing the national debate

In September 2011, New Hampshire state senators failed to override the gubernatorial veto of Senate Bill No. 129, which would have imposed identification requirements on New Hampshire voters. More specifically, the Bill would have required voters to present a valid voter … Continue reading

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SC (voter id): “We do not have a constitutional right to buy Sudafed or be a frequent flier; we do have a constitutional right to vote.”

by Sheila Dugan On May 11, 2011, the South Carolina General Assembly passed Act R54.  The new law would require individuals to present photo identification to vote. Governor Nikki Haley signed the bill a week later. The Department of Justice … Continue reading

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Weekly Wrap Up

Supreme Court throws out voting machine judgment: The Supreme Court decided this week to throw out a suit against Dallas County over its use of iVotronic voting machines. The Democratic Party sued the county claiming that the confusing straight-party feature of the … Continue reading

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