SC Supreme Court issues stay, House Dist. 114 election will go forward

Published: Oct. 30, 2014 at 9:31 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 31, 2014 at 8:23 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The South Carolina Supreme Court issued a stay Friday afternoon, allowing voters in House District 114 to select a candidate on the ballot as planned on Tuesday, court documents state.

The action halted the South Carolina Election Commission's decision Thursday that would have moved the election for former House Speaker Bobby Harrell's seat to December.

"Voters will be able to vote on Tuesday, but there is still ongoing legislation," Charleston County Democratic Party Chair Brady Quirk-Garvan said. The Court has not stated when they will review the case, he said.

The high court may decide to allow the results of Tuesday's election in District 114 to stand or it may throw out those results and still side with the commission's plan.

The Mary Tinkler campaign filed the suit against the commission Thursday, just hours after the commission decided to open GOP filing until Nov. 11 to allow the Republican Party to find another candidate to run against Tinkler and Green Party candidate Sue Edward.

That would then require a primary election to be held on Nov. 25, followed by the final election on Dec. 9. The decision would also require Tinkler and Edward to resubmit their paperwork to file for the special election.

South Carolina Republican Party chair Matt Moore praised the commission's decision, saying it follows the election laws already on the books. He also said this decision gives voters a choice.

House District 114 includes portions of Charleston and Dorchester Counties.

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