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Panel to discuss election challenge

Jun 15, 2010 12:03:00 AM - thestate.com

The executive committee of the S.C. Democratic Party will meet Thursday to consider a protest Vic Rawl filed Monday after his surprise thrashing at the hands of a political unknown who is facing a felony obscenity charge.

“We have filed this protest not for my personal or political gain but on behalf of the people of South Carolina,” Rawl, a Charleston County councilman and former judge, said Monday during a news conference in Charleston. “There is a cloud over (last) Tuesday’s election. There is a cloud over South Carolina that affects all of our people, Democrats and Republicans, white and African-American alike.”

The executive committee could order a taxpayer-funded new primary, agree with the S.C. Election Commission’s certification of the results or find that voting or vote-counting problems were so significant that Rawl should be declared the winner.

Rawl and the man who defeated him, unemployed military veteran Alvin Greene, will have an opportunity to present witnesses and evidence, Democratic Party chairwoman Carol Fowler said, adding that Rawl has requested a new primary with paper ballots instead of the voting machines used throughout the state.