Decertified candidates asking voters to sign petitions

GEORGETOWN, SC (WMBF) Recently decertified candidates are pushing to be included in the November elections. The recent push comes after a Supreme Court decision that took more than 200 candidates off the ballot.

Now they are encouraging everyone who is eligible to come out to the polls and vote and sign a petition to get decertified candidates back in the race.

Dottie Evans said, "I think we have all been mistreated. They are saying they didn't have the information but that's hard for me to believe."

Jacqueline Williams said, "Why are we being punished for something that clearly we are not responsible for." Those are frustrations decertified candidates said they are facing after being taken off the ballot. But now Jacqueline Williams along with her opponent for House Seat 103 Thomas Winslow are uniting forces.

Thomas Winslow stated, "She has a right to be on the ballot just like I do. And the people have a right to vote for who they want to vote for. It's not the legislature's right to say who you can vote for. It's not the Supreme Court's right to say who's allowed to be on the ballot."

Candidates recently met in Georgetown to figure out a plan to get signatures for their own petitions. Williams added, "We are committed to making sure that all voters, not just the ones in our voting base understand that we are committed to making sure their rights are restored."

Winslow stated, "The major thing that all of us are working on now is putting aside the campaign and the issues and focusing on signatures. The majority of us have to get 1,000 or 2,000 and some have to get 2500."

Some said it comes down to getting people to the polls. Winslow said, "If you go to the polls tomorrow take the time to sit out and sign those petitions on the ballots because they deserve to be there."

The whole situation has some voters upset. Harold Jean Brown said, "I think the election should have been changed and if the date is locked in by the constitution then the candidates should have been allowed to go back on the ballot. I will sign every petition that is presented to me to have the names restored to the ballot."

Candidates have until July 16th to get signatures from 5 percent of the voters in their district in order to go on the ballot in November.

A mass petition drive by some of the Georgetown and Williamsburg county candidates will start this Saturday, June 16, 2012 at the Covenant Missionary Baptist Church at 10 a.m.

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