May 11, 2010

In the first case of its kind, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the South Carolina election rules that prevent a candidate seeking the nomination of more than one political party from appearing on the general election ballot if that candidate wins one party's nomination but loses another's. South Carolina is one of only four states that permits fusion voting, which allows multiple political parties to nominate the same candidate, but also has a so-called "sore loser" statute disqualifying candidates who have been selected by one party but rejected by another. The ACLU is representing the state Green Party, a disqualified candidate for the state House of Representatives and a South Carolina voter.

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