COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- A committee of House and Senate members has reached agreement on a bill intended to prevent another ballot-tossing election mess. A conference committee approved a compromise Tuesday that links the candidate filing process for incumbents and those seeking to be officeholders. All would have until March 30 to turn in their financial disclosure form online. The measure also allows those who don't file properly to pay a fine and remain on the ballot.
About 250 candidates statewide were kicked off primary ballots last year following back-to-back decisions from the state Supreme Court over improperly filed financial forms. The candidate ouster stemmed from confusion over a 2010 law requiring online filing, which failed to match up separate sections of state law. Both the House and Senate must approve the compromise.