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GOP asks Supreme Court to halt Richland Co. recount

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The legal wrangling continued Friday morning in Richland County's controversial election as a representative of the SCGOP filed an injunction with the SC Supreme Court to stop a Circuit Court-ordered vote recount.

The move comes less than a day after a Richland County judge ordered voting machines and ballots to be guarded by the State Law Enforcement Division after the state's Democratic Party claimed poor execution and management on election day.

"There are clear legal provisions and procedures which dictate the conduct of elections and the certification of results," said SCGOP Executive Director Matt Moore. "These are not being followed. The S.C. Republican Party has always stood for the rule of law and seeks to have this election certified in keeping with the clear letter of the law."

"We strongly believe in getting to the bottom of what happened in Richland County, but politically-connected Democratic Party lawyers shouldn't get special treatment," continued Moore. "The voters have spoken, all ballots have been counted, and House District 75 selected Kirkman Finlay as its new Representative. Too many laws have been ignored in Richland County already, and we refuse to let it continue."

Read the full SCGOP petition here

The Democratic Party is disputing votes in the race for SC House District 75 because, according to the Election Commission, when a portion of the absentee ballots were counted, Kirkman Finlay III had more than 250 votes while Democrat Joe McCulloch had none. Before that, it appeared that McCulloch had won the race.

Tuesday's election was marred by a lack of voting machines and voter machine troubles that caused many people to stand in line for as long as six hours.

Circuit Judge Casey Manning said in a court order on Thursday that the State Election Commission would be in charge of the recount along with the State Law Enforcement Division instead of the Richland County Election Commission.

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