Potential SC election law fix returned to Senate

By SEANNA ADCOXAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The House has taken a new approach to passing a bill designed to prevent South Carolina's elections from being thrown into chaos again.

The proposal would both create a statewide model for county election boards and give the State Election Commission oversight over those 46 boards.

State elections spokesman Chris Whitmire said Friday that new authority could improve elections.

A panel of House and Senate members had been working on a compromise over different versions of a bill on the structure of county election boards. But that tentative compromise required a two-thirds vote in each chamber. So the House instead attached a proposal to a separate election-related bill and returned that amended measure to the Senate. A simple majority approval in the Senate would send it to the governor's desk.

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