Democrat Vic Rawl, who lost the U.S. Senate Democratic primary to Alvin Greene, filed Monday to protest the election results. A hearing will be conducted Thursday by the state’s Democratic Executive Committee.
Greene surprised party officials when he won the primary without raising campaign funds.
Rawl says his campaign heard from voters who had problems with the voting machines, which were purchased from Louisiana after that state outlawed them. He says there are irregularities in the election returns and says poll workers have stories of unusual incidents occuring election day.
Rawl says he does not believe that Greene’s votes were cast by Republicans who decided to give up their Republican vote in order to vote against him.
According to Rawl, some voters said they repeatedly pressed the voting machine screen to vote for him, but Greene’s name appeared instead. He says some poll workers had to change program cards multiple times. He says a voter in the Republican primary found the Democratic U.S. Senate race on her ballot.
State Senator Phil Leventis is requesting that all voting machines be impounded. An election commission spokesman says the commission has no intention of doing that. He says the commission has confidence in the machines and that it is focused on the upcoming runoff election.
Rawl believes there is a systemic problem, and it’s likely in the voting machine program.
Rawl says there is a cloud over Tuesday’s election that affects all South Carolinians. He doesn’t believe people have the basic confidence that their vote will be counted.
Rawl encourages those who experienced voting problems to report them on his website, www.vicrawl.com.
House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn believes Greene was a plant, and he wants a federal investigation.