Atlantic Beach council swearing-in delayed by election appeal

ATLANTIC BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Appeals filed by two councilwomen that were not re-elected in Atlantic Beach in November are holding up the swearing-in of the two council members that were elected, a city official confirms.

Atlantic Beach Town Manager William Booker said the votes from the Nov. 12 election were certified Thursday morning, naming Lenearl Evans and Ken McLaurin the victors, with 68 and 72 votes respectively.

They will fill two council member seats when they are swore in, which was scheduled to happen next week.

Former councilwomen Carolyn Cole and Windy Price offered their protests to the results at the close of the challenge ballot hearing, which was before the voting certification. They contest the election was held on the wrong day and by the wrong election commission.

Cole and Price were not on the ballot in November, and got 7 and 6 votes, respectively, as write-in candidates.

The protests were submitted to the election commission for review, a motion was filed with the State Supreme Court, and an appeal was filed in the circuit court. The motion with the Supreme Court was denied.

The appeal in the circuit court is still pending, Booker said. The court is waiting on certain documents, which will dictate when the case will be heard. The case has yet to be scheduled by the court.

"Hopefully, it won't be too long," Booker said.

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