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NEWS: Protecting the vote in South Carolina

NEWS: Protecting the vote in South Carolina

By Bill Davis, senior editor | Despite growing national and state alarms about the integrity of the voting process, the S.C. State Election Commission insists its aging voting system is safe and works so well the state can put off buying new voting machines for a few years.

This is the same state agency that in 2015 asked the state for nearly $42 million to replace thousands of voting machines purchased for $34 million in 2004 with federal money.

This is also the same agency that in the wake of a joint legislative committee report did a reversal to look for ways to extend the current machines life-cycle for up to six years.

by · 09/02/2016 · 2016, News
NEWS:  S.C. voter ID law likely not in peril

NEWS: S.C. voter ID law likely not in peril

News analysis by Bill Davis, senior editor | National momentum swinging against various voter identification laws across the country probably won’t be forceful enough to strike down South Carolina’s stripped-down version, analysts say.

Over the last month, five states — Kansas, Texas, Wisconsin, North Dakota and North Carolina — saw their voter I.D. laws struck down by federal courts. Federal appeals cases in North Carolina, like South Carolina, go to Richmond, Va., to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, considered by many experts as the nation’s most conservative district.

In the North Carolina case, the court found that the state asked for race-based data in its legislative preparation and enacted a bill that “targeted African Americans with almost surgical precision.”

by · 08/05/2016 · News
BRACK: Fix squishy candidate residency laws

BRACK: Fix squishy candidate residency laws

By Andy Brack, editor and publisher | You, like most people, probably figure that candidates who run for state House and Senate are required to live in the district in which they run.

You’d be pretty much right. But there’s a big loophole: You only have to live in the district on election days and on the day you file for the office.

by · 05/13/2016 · Andy Brack, Commentary