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SC Lawmakers Ponder Electoral Shift

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A pair of South Carolina lawmakers want to give Secretary of State Mark Hammond something to do …

Specifically, they want to put Hammond’s office – which is basically a glorified business secretarial position – in charge of running elections in South Carolina, doing away with the S.C. Election Commission (SCEC).

Legislation intended to accomplish such a power shift (H. 3197) was introduced by S.C. Rep. Alan Clemmons (RINO-Horry) prior to the 2013 legislative session – but went nowhere.

Supporters of the bill tell FITS they intend to try again in the coming year – citing the latest botched election in Richland County, S.C. as the impetus for the shift.

“This bill will move in 2014,” a source supporting the legislation told FITS.

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