South Carolina Has 43 Independent Candidate Petitions to Check

According to this story, 43 independent candidates for the South Carolina legislature submitted petitions by the July 16 deadline. South Carolina has probably never had this many signatures to check in any one election year, at any time in the past. South Carolina doesn’t have the initiative or referendum or recall, and candidates running in major party primaries don’t need petitions.

Independent candidates rarely qualify in South Carolina. No independent candidate for either House of Congress has ever appeared on a South Carolina government-printed ballot. Independent candidates for legislature need petitions of 5% of the number of registered voters, which is so severe, few candidates even attempt it. However, this year is different, because approximately 250 candidates who had expected to run in major party primaries were kept off the June 12 primary ballot, and therefore many decided to become independent candidates. In South Carolina, independent candidates appear on the ballot as “By petition” instead of “independent.”


  1. I guess people really do want the Power to control our lives, pocketbook and property. You’d think there could be legislative changes to this issue in 2013, but I doubt it.

  2. Casual Bystander · · Reply

    It would be nice to see electoral reforms as a result of the system getting overwhelmed by its own flaws. Perhaps COFOE could provide the South Carolina legislature with a template for what fair election laws should look like. Who knows? It might pass!

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