Restrictive ballot access bill passes South Carolina House
COLUMBIA, South Carolina: A new bill that changes ballot access laws for independent candidates was approved by the South Carolina House of Representatives on June 3, 2010, the last day of legislative session
House Bill 3746 added more requirements for campaigns running as independents in South Carolina. The bill added a new requirement for nominating petitions to be signed by the petition circulator and to be notarized. Under the current law, petitions for independent candidates do not require the identification of who circulated the papers in order to qualify for a spot on the ballot. Also, the bill will have a new requirement for independent candidates to declare their candidacy no later than the day when the statewide primary is held in June.