Last resort: Rawl protests election results

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Charleston County Councilman Vic Rawl is protesting last week's election results, a last-ditch effort to upend the Democratic nomination of Alvin Greene for the U.S. Senate general election.

In an announcement of the challenge, it looks like Rawl is throwing most anything against the wall to see what sticks.


First is ongoing analyses of the election returns themselves, which indicate irregularities.

Second are the many voters and poll workers who continue to contact us with their stories of extremely unusual incidents while trying to vote and administer this election.

These range from voters who repeatedly pressed the screen for me only to have the other candidate’s name appear, to poll workers who had to change program cards multiple times, to at least one voter in the Republican primary who had the Democratic U.S. Senate race appear on her ballot.

Third is the well-documented unreliability and unverifiability of the voting machines used in South Carolina.

Rawl is going to release the details of the complaint on Thursday. We can tell you with some confidence that, unless these charges go beyond anecdotal, this is going to go nowhere.

State Sen. Phil Leventis has requested the Election Commission analyze the machines, noting unusual election results in Spartanburg County and elsewhere. Still, this is a frequent complaint after a tough election and it rarely goes anywhere.

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