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Greenville County to Vet Primary Election Issues Next Week

Other counties weighing in on debate over presidential primary funding

The director of elections for Greenville County confirmed Wednesday that the issue of county funding of the upcoming GOP presidential primary will be taken up at next week's regularly scheduled county council meeting. 

Spartanburg County has already authorized , contending that county tax dollars should not be used to fund what council members consider to be a non-binding, non-state-mandated election that traditionally has been funded by the respective political parties. 

Conway Belangia, Greenville County's director of elections, said Greenville County Council is expected to vet whether to pursue a similar motion at the Oct. 4 council meeting. 

Earlier this year, the S.C. General Assembly approved some $680,000 in rollover funds from the last election cycle, while the SCGOP stands to pitch in some $300,000 in candidate filing fees by the time of the primary.

Some county officials, including Greenwood and Laurens Counties, share the concerns of Greenville and Spartanburg counties and fear they will be asked to foot the remainder of the bill.

The controversy over the proper funding mechanism for the South Carolina primary, which has accurately predicted the future GOP nominee for the last 30 years, continues to stew as . 

Eric Wood September 29, 2011 at 02:38 PM
Why is the Republican party not being charged the full amount of the cost of the primary? www.canigetawordin.com

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