Voting Rights

vot_0001The resource that I have today is a publication on the Election Protests under South Carolina Law. This resource is broken up by sections, that go in detail on statutory provisions, voter registration processes, election procedures, and protest procedures (how to file, when to file, how to appeal). The last section of this resource goes into the substantive laws that help with various issues that come up, such as a miscount of votes, votes casted within the wrong precinct, violations of ballot secrecy, etc. This resource is very helpful to understand the nitty gritty of the election process.

Voting is our Constitutional right as American Citizens. When it is time for one to use our constitutional right to vote, it is very beneficial to know, and understand what steps one must take if any conflicts arise from that right.

To be able to use this resource effectively, the Table of Contents are a great place to start. The sections are broken down by various time frames within the election process:

  • Section 1 – Election Procedures (1) before the election, (2) day of the Election (3) after the election.
  • Section 2 – Protest Procedures – Procedural Rules – Cir. Court Rules – Evidence – Standards of Review.
  • Section 3 – Substantive Law – Case Law – Absentee Ballots – Residences – Felons.
  • Section 4 – Legal Practice – Should a protest be filed? How to deal with the election officials, and media?

Throughout this resource, there are footnotes that show the S.C. Code Annotations, S.C. Constitutional provisions, and previous cases that you can look at as additional resources, for further information on the matter. At the end of this resource, there is an Appendix A, with summaries of important cases that explains the question of the case, the ruling, and the rules that came out of the case. Appendix B lists important statutes, and S.C. Constitutional Provisions, which can be very beneficial, if it comes down to a time when a protest will need to be filed within a court of law. The index at the end of this book is also of great benefit to stay organized, and to be able to quickly look back to a specific area of interest.

Overall, this is a very detailed, organized, and in-depth look at the voting, and election process. This resource can be very beneficial for someone interested in running for political office, an attorney who represents a political figure, and even the common layman who is just curious about how their constitutional rights come into play.

The Election Protests under South Carolina Law can be found, and purchased online for $65, from The South Carolina Bar – CLE website. The South Carolina Bar – CLE – Provides various resources for Law Professors, Students, Practicing Attorneys, as well as for the common laymen. Resources range anywhere from publications, to on demand educational videos, as well as a listed schedule of various live seminars you can attend, all within the state of South Carolina.

~by Leah Masterson

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