Unequal Access to the Ballot: South Carolina Denies the Libertarian Party a June Primary

By: Joshua Cook
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In South Carolina all political parties are equal, but some are just more equal than others.

South Carolina law requires the state to pay for open primaries using taxpayer funds. The state finances both the Democrat and Republican Party’s primaries, but last month, members of the South Carolina Libertarian Party found out that they were not as “equal” as the two major parties.

One of the components of South Carolina’s new election law, the Equal Access to the Ballot Act S.2, requires parties that want to nominate their candidates by convention to put the question on the June ballot, but the state is denying the Libertarian Party access to a primary in which to get the vote they need to nominate by convention.

 

SC Election Commission on S.2:  ”Just ignore it, because we can’t afford it!”

Michael Carmany, chairman of South Carolina Libertarian Party, was shocked to receive a letter from the South Carolina State Election Commission (SCSEC) denying his request for a June primary.

 

The SCSEC told Carmany:

 

“The South Carolina State Election Commission does not have the time required to update the voter registration and election management system or the considerable financial resources to make the changes necessary to accommodate your request for 2014.”

The Libertarian Party was trying to comply with the new law, but the state told them to ignore the law, because the state claims they cannot financially afford to comply with the new law. Gov. Nikki Haley signed S.2 into law last June.

 

 

The new law, Section 71130, requires political parties who want to nominate their candidates by convention to essentially get permission from opposing political parties by putting a question on the June primary ballot.


 

So how can the Libertarian Party put this question on the primary ballot if they are denied a primary?

 

The Republican Party, may challenge the legitimacy of the Libertarian candidate on the ballot in the general election in November by saying the Libertarian Party didn’t comply with the new state law to nominate by convention.

 

The SCSEC is in direct violation of the law, but who will enforce it? The Libertarian Party can sue the SCSEC, but then they will have to face judges who have been voted by a Republican-controlled legislative branch.

 

SC Libertarian Party Chairman Michael Carmany told Benswann.com’s Joshua Cook that they will hold a nominating convention, and if they are challenged legally, they will at least have a paper trail that shows they attempted to follow the new law.

“I have enough of a paper trail with complaints to the attorney general and complaints to the election commission that if anyone challenges us, it’s going to be thrown out, because we have made every attempt possible to hold a primary this year,” said Carmany.

“They are breaking the law. Our tax money is being used to spend on the Republicans and Democrats, but they don’t want to spend it on any other parties.”

 

South Carolina Denies Libertarian Party a June Primary

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  • Jeff

    Why are people still messing around with the system? You cannot win period. Only aggressive action will produce results. Throughout history Liberty was never won by “voting” or “petitions”, only forceful actions.

    • SickOfTheStupid

      the founding fathers did not waste their time with protests or petitions , they friggin shot them ……………

  • Tannim

    Still think the system isn’t rigged?

  • DKveragas

    Similar problem here in Pa. The publicly financed primary system in place is in direct violation of the state constitution and disenfranchises over 800k and growing, electors but since the two majority parties make the rules and enforce them too…
    This is why primary elections need to be completely privatized and we need to eventually abolish political parties via registering independent.

  • Ward Damon Hubbard

    Jeff is on point, he is right! It seems that this will be the shining example of things to come, in so as much, this disturbing exercise in state politics, is surly setting the bar of what it is that the republic will be facing, across the land in one form or another, which is setting the ground work for a violate uprising, in order to restore this republic, it seems that Lindsey Graham’s home state is not going silently into the good night, forceful action seems to be the only way, let SC. be where it starts.

  • Hope101

    Fighting for equal ballot access goes back a long way (http://digitalcommons.law.byu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1135&context=jpl) and little or no progress is apparent, but there are more organizations where you can donate money to advocate for it.

    Republicans and Democrats make the ballot access laws and “we can’t expect a hog to butcher itself.”

    After more than 20 years of concern over this issue, and active participation to help change it, I have resorted to my own personal feel good strategy; I NEVER will vote for another Republican or Democrat at any level of government. I wrote in Ron Paul on the last presidential ballot.

    One election with 20% of the electorate voting the same will enable change. There is double that percentage that currently don’t vote for anyone. It’s possible, just not easy. “There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.” – Ronald Reagan

  • Lisa Futvoye-Shepherd

    Elections
    are rigged: http://youtu.be/jV9WTLAuhMY

    Voting
    machines have been and will continue to be hacked. Without viewing
    the source code, or manually counting paper ballots…this is
    completely undetectable.

    Voting
    machine manufacturers refuse to allow anyone to see the source code.
    Without paper ballots the veracity of ANY election cannot be
    verified.

  • Telly Yesterday

    This really should get all of our attention. The hypocritical lame stream press calls the vote in Crimea a fraud and half the people in the U.S. are disenfranchised voters due to our flawed primary process. Kudos to Ben & Co. for so eloquently pointing all of this out.

  • Steve

    So why do we spent so much time, energy and money to fight against Russia? When if fact we are becoming more and more like them. What a sad country we have become.

    • ghendric

      Feeling sad is a waste of time.. feel angry..

      • Steve

        You are correct. I AM PISSED! But we can’t talk like that on this site.

  • ghendric

    The psychos in charge don’t want their apple cart upset… why we keep putting up with this sh!t is beyond me..

  • Layla Godey

    Then I don’t want tax money funding their parties’ conventions. If third parties can’t even get on the ballots, that’s not equal access. If non-Democrats/non-Republicans can’t participate in primaries, their tax dollars shouldn’t be required to help fund the conventions of those party members that do.

  • RobertFallin

    Unless South Carolina wants an “Arab Spring,” they better rethink this really. This “Georgia Libertarian” has had enough of the major parties and their crooked conduct.

  • Gregory Alan of Johnson

    As a Romans 10:9 Believer in Jesus Christ, a Bible researcher, and a studier of the Rothschild system of commerce/law/etc, I’ve come to the conclusion that they main way of handling these things is to withdraw consent to be governed by the illegitimate municipal corporations that are masquerading as authority. This ALL works by contract, most times coerced.
    I’m also concluded that the bulk of the populace would rather rant against something than learn how to change it in such a way that it might just cease to exist. It’s very hard to manage residents when there aren’t any. For many, this kind of tactic would require much sacrifice. For others, who are already prepared, they are just waiting for someone to teach them the procedures, of which I am learning. My lineage will be free, and gov’t will do what they are supposed to, or there will be no gov’t. My being shot dead is in the hands of my Heavenly Father Yehovah and my Savior Yeshua.
    I’m completely done with any/all contracts with authority under Lucifer/Satan/Devil.

  • Justin Alexander

    Just to be clear, there are many Republicans (including this one) who don’t want the state paying for anyone’s primaries. That gives the state more control. Prior to 2008, parties paid for their primaries, and we should go back to this system.
    Justin Alexander

  • Richard

    Maybe the Libertarian Party should threaten as a group that we will be
    voting for the Democrats if the Republican Party is going to be playing
    games with our party. I hate to think about doing that but maybe we can
    get their attention.

  • Rebelsiege

    Well, we know the political process is set up to favor only the single (Democratic Republican) party, thereby giving us the illusion of choice. On the other hand, remember that the Libertarian party is opposed to taxation and redistribution of wealth. The idea of taxpayer-funded primaries is as un-libertarian as any other form of tax slavery and government coercion. So maybe the Libertarian party needs to avoid taxpayer-funded primaries, and use their shining example as a light for others to see, so that they finally understand that the Libertarian party is right and the Democratic Republican party is a fraud.

  • Mark Bigger

    wrong, we should be allowed to have more than just the 2 parties available to choose from, I hope they come u with a tea party-party

    • Justin Alexander

      I agree, but this is a slightly different issue. The Libertarian party would still be on the November ballot, but this regards how the nominee would be chosen.