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Absentee Ballots Under Scrutiny In Rural South Carolina County

Elevated absentee ballot totals in at least one rural South Carolina have sparked formal protests and allegations of tampering – as well as questions about the results of prior elections. As of this writing, though, no formal request for an investigation has been made as election protests must first be filed with the appropriate county political party.

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South Carolina Senate loses women in primary election

Last year, the group of South Carolina lawmakers known as the “Sister Senators” came into the national spotlight for their fight against restrictive abortion bans. Now their fight appears to have cost some of them their seats – or put their positions into jeopardy.

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For School Districts, Just Like Voting Districts, Equality Depends on a Fair Map

On May 23, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Alexander v. South Carolina NAACP, a case challenging South Carolina’s map of congressional districts. A six-justice conservative majority used the case to sharply limit the circumstances in which federal courts can order new legislative maps to address racial gerrymandering. Justice Clarence Thomas went further than his colleagues, though, writing a separate, concurring opinion that took a startling position: judges should stay out of redistricting entirely. He argued that courts should have no power to draw political boundaries, even to remedy constitutional violations—and claimed the Supreme Court’s activity in this area dated back only to the 1950s, originally in connection not with voting rights, but school desegregation. He referenced a 1955 holding that in some cases, to integrate public schools, courts may require changes to school district boundaries.

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S.C. Discontinues AP African American Studies

A state Department of Education decision not to offer an Advanced Placement (AP) high school course on African American studies in S.C. public schools next year is sparking an outcry from parents, students, teachers and state legislators.