Protest Filed Over Alvin Greene Victory In South Carolina
Vic Rawl, the man who lost to mystery Senate candidate Alvin Greene has officially protested the outcome withe the South Carolina Democratic Party:
The executive committee of the S.C. Democratic Party will meet Thursday to consider a protest Vic Rawl filed Monday after his surprise thrashing at the hands of a political unknown who is facing a felony obscenity charge.
“We have filed this protest not for my personal or political gain but on behalf of the people of South Carolina,” Rawl, a Charleston County councilman and former judge, said Monday during a news conference in Charleston. “There is a cloud over (last) Tuesday’s election. There is a cloud over South Carolina that affects all of our people, Democrats and Republicans, white and African-American alike.”
The executive committee could order a taxpayer-funded new primary, agree with the S.C. Election Commission’s certification of the results or find that voting or vote-counting problems were so significant that Rawl should be declared the winner.
Rawl and the man who defeated him, unemployed military veteran Alvin Greene, will have an opportunity to present witnesses and evidence, Democratic Party chairwoman Carol Fowler said, adding that Rawl has requested a new primary with paper ballots instead of the voting machines used throughout the state.
Fowler stressed that Thursday’s meeting is not a campaign do-over.
“It is based purely on the election process,” she said.
To date, there’s still no proof that there was any wrongdoing associated with Greene’s appearance on the ballot, or his victory, but that hasn’t stopped him from coming up with complaints about the process:
[Rawl] said those circumstances include voters who “repeatedly pressed the screen for me only to have the other candidate’s name appear,” poll workers who had to change program cards multiple times and a voter in the Republican primary who had the Democratic U.S. Senate race appear on her ballot.
Rawl also criticized what he described as “the well-documented unreliability and unverifiability of the voting machines used in South Carolina,” which he said were “purchased surplus from Louisiana after that state outlawed them.”
Color me unimpressed. People have been making complaints about voting machines since Ohio in 2004 and none of the complaints have ever been verified.
I’m not sure it matters, though. Assuming they can find an excuse under party rules, I’m fully expect the South Carolina Democrats will find a way to get Greene off the ballot.