EDITORIAL: Fix the election laws

  • Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2012 12:01 a.m.
    UPDATED: Sunday, September 23, 2012 2:49 p.m.

Who would have thought that in September Ė less than two months until the general election Ė there would still be questions about who is, and who isnít, a candidate for some offices?

Moreover, who can keep track of the rulings and filings and when this statement has to be filed with that statement and does it have to be paper or will electronically do?

Itís time for the madness to stop.

In May, more than 250 people across the state, who thought they were following the rules when they filed to run, were kicked off the June primary ballots.

To see their name on the ballot on Nov. 6, they had to get sometimes thousands of registered voters to sign a petition.

And still questions persist on candidates such as Deedee Vaughters, who is seeking the state Senate District 26 seat, who had been told she had filed correctly, only to have judges looking at it again.

Enough is enough.Letís get on with this election. Donít make this any more confusing than it is. The process is broken, but itís been pieced back together with petitions and write-ins.

But when the General Assembly comes back into session, fixing these rules must be one of the first orders of business.

This canít be like so many tough or controversial decisions facing our lawmakers in Columbia: The ones they argue and grandstand over, then let die for lack of a vote.

They must get the legislation right Ė make sure itís understandable and that it will pass muster from a court. And it canít be so cumbersome that it keeps good people from seeking office.

If they canít get it done, look for the 2014 election season to be equally as confusing.

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