Democrats question small election rule change by SC House

Democrats question small election rule change by SC House
South Carolina Rep. Wendy Brawley, D-Hopkins, left, and Rep. Jay Jordan, R-Florence, right, debate a bill that would have all 46 counties follow the same election rules on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, in Columbia, S.C. The bill passed 84-36 mostly on party lines. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins) (Source: Jeffrey Collins)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina House has given key approval to a bill that would require counties across the state to follow the same rules for elections.

Before the vote Wednesday along mostly party lines, representatives agreed to remove part of the bill that would have added four additional members to the commission that oversees elections.

The composition of the independent State Election Commission has been unchanged since its creation more than 50 years ago.

Changing it was a sticking point. Several Black lawmakers questioned why any changes needed to be made at all after an election that Republican leaders agreed went off with few problems.

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