Petitioning at the polls
Tue, 12 Jun 2012 22:10:33 GMT —
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WACH) -- Petition candidate Katrina Shealy's name was not on the ballot during Tuesday's primary election, but she was present at the polls.
Shealy was collecting signatures outside of a Lexington County polling place for herself and others who are facing the same situation.
"It's important because I think people deserve a choice of who their elected officials are," said Shealy.
She is one of almost 250 candidates disqualified from the election by a state Supreme Court ruling.
One voter, Mundina O'Driscoll, showed up to the polls to vote and also collect signatures for some of the petition candidates who got the boot.
"I signed all the petitions for all the candidates, even for some of those candidates I dont know very well, and may have not actually voted for. I think the process of having their names on the ballot so the people have the choice, is important," said O'Driscoll.
Some of the candidates were disqualified from the election so late in the process that their names were still on the ballot Tuesday, however any votes they receive will not count.
"Well, it's like, who am I supposed to vote for. I don't even know who's left to vote for. I mean the names are still on there but yet they're not still running," said another voter Pam Settle.
Each candidate has to have five percent of the registered voters in their district sign their petitions by mid-July to get their names back on the ballot by November. Even if they succeed, they must run as independent candidate.