Stricken candidates try to make it back on ballot

Published: May. 14, 2012 at 11:23 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 18, 2012 at 8:00 PM EDT
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CONWAY, SC (WMBF) Spurned candidates who were removed from the ballot throughout Horry County say they're taking the fight to get back on the ballot statewide with Operation: Lost Vote.

"The Lost Vote movement will raise public attention," said Harry Kibler of political group Rino Hunt. "And it'll educate folks about what has taken place."

The program is a statewide effort put together by grassroots groups like Rino Hunt or the TEA Party to put their candidates back on the ballot by any means necessary.

"The system failed us," said Kibler. "Our state legislature failed us, our ethics commission failed us. It's a complete system failure."

Supporters of Operation: Lost Vote say their main goal is to make sure voters know the candidates that were removed from the ballot are still running for office. Saying they'll run as independent or write-in candidates if they have to. But some voters say the movement is too little, too late.

"There's not enough time," said Susan Sejga. "They'll run as independent candidates. It'll be difficult to get in because people don't know how to split a ticket."

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