By BRUCE SMITH
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Polls are now open across South Carolina voters cast their ballots for primaries to select Republican and Democratic candidates for Congress, the Statehouse and local offices.
But Tuesday's voting comes after the South Carolina Supreme Court removed more than 200 candidates from consideration because of improper paperwork.
A flurry of legal actions tried to restore those candidates' names, and most of them failed.
Officials say more than 430,000 registered voters will have no one to vote for after the high court ruled that candidates who failed to file the paperwork properly weren't eligible for the election and wouldn't be counted.
Nearly 300 polling places in 14 counties won't even open Tuesday because there are no races to decide.
Polls that are in operation today are open until 7 p.m.
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