Richie Yow Protests Election Defeat
REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE CHALLENGES LOSS TO TED VICK
Attorneys for Republican candidate Richie Yow are protesting his November 6 loss to S.C. Rep. Ted Vick (D-Chesterfield) in the race for S.C. House District 53.
“Numerous material irregularities, errors and problems affected the results of this election,” a formal election protest filed with the S.C. State Election Commission alleges.
Specifically, the complaint alleges that “in excess of 2,000 illegal/ improper voters were cast” in the race – including ballots cast by non-residents of the district. The suit also alleges the presence of duplicate absentee ballots and claims that one precinct featured more votes “than registered voters who presented themselves and signed the voter’s oath.”
These irregularities – along with “illegal conduct” by poll workers – are “sufficient to render the results of this election doubtful,” the complaint concludes.
Vick, a Democrat, was a leading candidate to win the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Congress until a traffic stop involving (a) alcohol, (b) an unregistered firearm and (c) a woman who wasn’t his wife conspired to derail his candidacy. The arrest was particularly damaging to Vick, a part-time pastor who campaigned as a “family values” Democrat.
RICHIE YOW ELECTION PROTEST (.pdf)