FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 2022
Media contact: Claire Brady
Lack of Evidence leads to 2022 Primary Protests Denied
(Columbia, S.C.) – After hearings and a vote by the South Carolina Republican Party’s State Executive Committee, four primary protests were denied after each candidate failed to present evidence that would have changed the outcome of the June 14 primary election.
The races that drew primary protests were the Governor’s race, Attorney General’s race, and two State House of Representative races (HD-43 and HD-81).
“As required by state law, we held hearings for the primary protests where candidates could present their case and our Committee members could ask questions,” said SCGOP Chairman Drew McKissick. “Ultimately, our State Executive Committee voted to uphold the June 14 primary results–meaning that the Committee determined no candidate provided credible evidence that could have quantifiably changed the outcome of the primary.”
In May, the General Assembly passed the South Carolina Republican Party’s top priority, an election integrity bill, that Governor McMaster signed into law before the June 14 primary and early voting.
The law, in addition to several other measures:
- Prohibits drop boxes
- Requires random audits before election certification
- Prohibits voting machines that are connected to the Internet
- South Carolina’s current machines are not connected to the Internet
- Increases criminal punishment for breaking election law
During early voting and throughout Election Day, the South Carolina Republican Party keeps a list of issues and potential problems at precincts and reports them to the State Election Commission, respective county election commissions, and if necessary notifies legal counsel.