The Green Party says it has retained a law firm to file a lawsuit this week challenging a decision by the state Elections Commission to keep its presidential and vice presidential candidates off the November ballot.
The move comes after entertainer Kanye West filed a suit in Brown County on Friday challenging the commission’s ruling that his nomination papers were late.
Both legal actions come as locals were prepared to begin printing ballots this week ahead of the Sept. 17 deadline to mail them to voters with valid absentee ballot requests on file.
The commission deadlocked 3-3 on whether to place presidential nominee Howie Hawkins and running mate Angela Walker on the ballot. A complaint challenged the party’s filings, alleging some nomination papers listed an incorrect address for Walker. She moved within the same South Carolina city while the papers were being circulated, but the party failed to amend its filings with the new address or respond to the challenge.
The Green Party said it retained the law firm of von Briesen & Roper.