Both the House and Senate have passed a bill designed to prevent a lawsuit from throwing South Carolina's elections into chaos - again.
But their versions differ. A six-member panel appointed this week will try to reach a compromise on the legislation creating a statewide model for county election boards.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Larry Martin urges his colleagues to act quickly, noting a verdict on a lawsuit filed in March could jeopardize the June primaries. The South Carolina Public Interest Foundation has asked a judge to throw out a 2008 state law on the structure of county election offices.
The attorney general's office said earlier this year it believes the law is unconstitutional.
In 2012, a lawsuit against a single candidate resulted in hundreds being kicked off primary ballots statewide.