The South Carolina Supreme Court will hear arguments this week in a case that will determine whether political candidates who lose a primary election can run in a general election, but affiliated with a different political party.
The high court will consider the case of Eugene Platt, who lost the Democratic Party’s nomination for the South Carolina House in 2008 but then tried to run during the general election as candidate for the Green Party. A candidate is currently allowed to represent more than one party, but is prevented from running in the same election cycle after losing a primary election.
Platt is being represented by the American Civil Liberties Union out of Atlanta.
Forrest Truett Nettles II of the Nettles Law Office of Charleston is representing the Charleston County Democratic Party, which sought an injunction against Platt after he tried to run in the general election.
A decision in the Supreme Court case will simply clarify what’s allowable in future elections.
The case will likely be heard Wednesday.