State elections officials say there may have been a potentially serious voting issue in southern Greenville County after up to 200 people were given the wrong ballot Tuesday morning.
Greenville County elections director Conway Belangia said those ballots did not include the state House District 24 race, meaning the voters were denied a chance to choose among the three Republican candidates in that race. A State Elections Commission spokesman said the loser may have grounds to protest the election if the final result is decided by fewer than that 200-vote window.
“Some of them were given a ballot without (House District) 24 on it and they cast their ballot and left,” Belangia told Greenville affiliate WORD News. “A number of people remembered that and we corrected the ballot and they voted. We hope we kept the damage to a minimum, but only time will tell.”
The race pits incumbent House Majority Leader Bruce Bannister, R-Greenville, against Greenville medical interpreter Bang Hall and retired health insurance broker Gary Titcomb. The SC House GOP Caucus, which Bannister leads, said it is closely watching the results.
“If the number of votes would have made a difference, then that’s something a candidate could raise in a protest,” Election Commission spokesman Chris Whitmire told South Carolina Radio Network. The protest would need to be filed with the South Carolina Republican Party, Whitmire said. He added that a new primary could be ordered, if needed.
House District 24 covers the southern Greenville suburbs area, including north Mauldin.