A Joint Assembly of the South Carolina House and Senate on Wednesday afternoon selected the appellate panel for the newly created Department of Employment and Workforce, formerly the Employment Security Commission.
The vote was as follows: Tim Dangerfield 116 votes; Steve Kelly 115; and Evelyn Aires 114.
Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer presided over the vote. Bauer said innitially that the first vote taken was invalid because he was informed that too many votes were cast electronically by House members. Senators always take a voice vote. Lawmakers were only allowed to vote for three candidates. So a second vote was taken. But after a long pause Bauer revealed that there had been nothing wrong with the first vote, even though it appeared that too many votes had been cast.
Bauer counted the first vote. Democratic Representatives Walt McLeod and James Smith objected.