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Tue Mar 19, 2019, 06:06 AM

South Carolina wants to prevent the election fraud causing turmoil in North Carolina

COLUMBIA, SC -- After ballot tampering in North Carolina led the state to call for a new congressional election, some at the S.C. State House are looking to crack down on anyone who might steal or forge absentee ballots in Palmetto State elections.

South Carolina state law already makes it a felony to “obtain, procure or control” the vote of another voter. But senators this week debated a bill that would explicitly add a penalty for anyone who “knowingly collects” an absentee ballot without authorization.

If passed, anyone who tried a similar scheme in South Carolina would face up to five years in prison and a $1,000 fine.

The proposal follows the controversial 2018 congressional race in North Carolina’s 9th District. That race looked like it was over on Election Night. Democrat Dan McCready even conceded the election to his Republican opponent Mark Harris.

Read more: https://www.thestate.com/news/politics-government/article227506974.html

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