PRESS CONFERENCE: Federal Runoff Elections in SC disenfranchise military voters overseas

PRESS CONTACT:
Bruce Carroll, Chairman
Carolina Conservatives United
Phone: 704-804-4854
Email: bruce@carolinaconservativesunited.org

Carolina Conservatives United Files Complaint
with Department of Justice Regarding 2014 Federal Elections

Federal Runoff Elections in SC disenfranchise military voters overseas
and violate 2009 Federal ‘MOVE Act’ provisions

COLUMBIA, SC — Carolina Conservatives United today filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice demonstrating that South Carolina election law is in violation of the 2009 Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act.

“Eric Holder’s Department of Justice intervened in the 2013 First Congressional District Special Election and that is why we are acting today — before our June Federal primary — to ensure that the Obama Administration doesn’t interfere with our state’s election process,” said Bruce Carroll, Chairman of Carolina Conservatives United, at a press conference this morning at the SC State House.

Beginning with the 2010 Federal general election, the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA), as amended by the 2009 Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act (MOVE Act), requires States to transmit absentee ballots to uniformed services voters and overseas voters not later than 45 days prior to an election for Federal office.

Currently, South Carolina state election law prescribes that all runoff elections take place two weeks after the original election is held.

“The ‘MOVE Act’ provisions specifically outline that South Carolina must have a mechanism to send out ballots to military and overseas voters at least 45 days before Federal primary, general and runoff elections,” Carroll said.

“This is not a partisan issue. There are two United States Senate and seven Congressional seats up for election this year and there may be runoff elections needed. We want to make certain our South Carolina military personnel serving overseas have an equal opportunity to cast their votes and have them counted like the rest of us,” Carroll continued.

Carolina Conservatives United also called upon the South Carolina General Assembly to pass legislation immediately in order to bring the state into compliance with the Federal ‘MOVE Act.’

“With our large concentration of military families and active service members stationed overseas, it is unacceptable that South Carolina has not addressed this blatant voter disenfranchisement problem,” Carroll said at this morning’s press conference.

Carolina Conservatives United will ask the General Assembly to change our election laws to allow 60 days for an election if a runoff is required after a Federal primary or general election.

“Sixty days would allow adequate time for the State of South Carolina to comply with Federal law and to transmit Federal election ballots in runoff elections to uniformed personnel and other citizens living overseas. It is up to the General Assembly whether they want to extend this change to State and Municipal elections, but all we are asking for today is to bring our state into legal and permanent compliance with the ‘MOVE Act,’“ Carroll stated.

Beginning today, CCU will conduct a grassroots communications campaign to urge SC lawmakers to change the law and fully empower military voters in the Palmetto State.

“The fact of the matter is — based on the 2009 Federal “MOVE Act” provisions — the two-week runoff election system for South Carolina’s Federal elected offices is history,” Carroll said. “As South Carolina citizens, we can now the easy path or the hard path: If the Legislature doesn’t change the law now, it is certain that either the Department of Justice will intervene or a South Carolina service member will sue the State for violation of his or her 14th Amendment equal protection rights.”

“Over 21,000 active service members call South Carolina their home. Thousands of those men and women deserve to have their votes counted in every single election which is held in our state — especially if they are serving our nation in dangerous war zones all over the world,” Carroll said.

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For press inquiries, contact Bruce Carroll – Chairman, Carolina Conservatives United at bruce@carolinaconservativesunited.org or (704) 804-4854.
Carolina Conservatives United is a grassroots, non-profit political association based in South Carolina.
CCU supports and promotes the long-standing American values of limited Constitutional government, low taxes, freedom of the individual, entrepreneurism, free enterprise, and strong national security and sovereignty. CCU’s mission is to support political candidates who support conservative values and oppose those who do not.
For more information, visit Carolina Conservatives United.com.

February 18, 2014   Posted in: Uncategorized

2 Responses

  1. Don - February 18, 2014

    This is the kind of in-depth thinking and action that actually accomplishes something. Very well done!

  2. Joel Parker - February 18, 2014

    As a retired military officer i commend CCU on this effort and fully support it. Those who serve to protect and defend the constitution are entitled to a voice in the election of those who make decisions which affect their lives.

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