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McBee MEC responds to Green’s contesting of results

Aug. 2, 2019

McBee MEC responds to Green’s contesting of results

The McBee Municipal Election Commission held a public meeting Aug. 2 to respond to Shilon Green’s contesting of the results of the McBee election. Fourteen people attended the meeting.

MEC chairperson Linda Sterling read aloud the McBee MEC response to Green’s contesting, which stated, in part, “Under common law there is no right to contest an election. The right to contest an election exists only under the (state) constitutional and statutory provisions, and the procedure prescribed by statute must be followed.’

The results of a municipal election must be contested “within 48 hours after the closing of the polls,” which, in the case of last September’s election, was 7 p.m. Sept. 6, 2018. Green had the opportunity to file his contest concerning alleged voter fraud during that 48-hour window. However, he did not file his election contest until July 31, 2019.

Furthermore, the McBee MEC complied with last month’s decision of the S.C. Supreme Court, which ordered the McBee MEC to open and count the four uncounted ballots and add those votes to the election’s final tally.

Any appeal of a state supreme court decision must be filed in the federal judiciary system.

Kemp McLeod and Glenn Odom are slated to be sworn in Tuesday, Aug. 6, at the regular town council meeting.

More information will be posted to Breaking News as details become available.

Read the full account in the Aug. 7 issue of The Link.

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