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Richland Co. delegation files stay to halt elections office split

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Richland County's legislative delegation has filed a stay on an Aug. 26 order that ruled the merger of the county's elections and voter registration offices was a violation of the state Constitution.

According to state Sen. John Courson, the stay was filed in an effort to protect Columbia's November city elections.

Courson says when the state's General Assembly returns in January, he'll file a bill that will give power over the office back to Richland County Council since he believes council should be the governing authority because they're already paying the bills. 

The original complaint against the merger was filed by William DePass, Jr., the former chairman of the state's Election Commission. In his complaint, DePass says the 2011 merger of the Richland County Board of Voter Registration and Richland County Election Commission was unconstitutional.

There's no word on when or if Judge G. Thomas Cooper will act on the request.

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