Originally created 12/07/00

Revote appeal denied



COLUMBIA - A state panel Wednesday unanimously rejected an Edgefield County school board candidate's appeal for a revote.

The South Carolina Election Commission decided to uphold the Edgefield County Election Commission's decision two weeks ago to deny District 6 candidate Kenneth Collier a new election. Mr. Collier said he can appeal that decision to the state Supreme Court.

The incumbent lost his bid for a second term to Sallie B. Cooks by 26 votes. He contends faulty machines and inappropriate procedures at a Trenton precinct could have affected the outcome of his race.

"The polling manager did not abide by the laws; procedures for when voting machines break down were not followed; and (Mrs. Cooks) wore a badge within 200 feet of a polling place," Mr. Collier said. "The commission admitted these laws were not abided by, but due to the fact that the state election commission didn't hear from any voters, they could not send this back for a revote."

Commission members told Mr. Collier that they should have heard from voters about the problems at the Douglas Elementary School precinct on Election Day, he said.

"They would have had to receive at least 26 calls from voters that day," Mr. Collier said. "How many people know to do that?"

He said registered voters need "voting 101" because they are not properly educated on their rights. He places that responsibility on the Edgefield County Voter Registration Board, he said.

Reach Katie Throne at (803) 279-6895.