SC Supreme Court: No Libertarian Party primary

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina's highest court says a law governing how the state's elections are conducted is valid.

The state Supreme Court made that ruling Thursday in a lawsuit brought by the Libertarian Party.

At issue is a law passed last year in hopes of preventing a repeat of the 2012 legal mess that kicked hundreds of candidates off primary ballots. Attorney Lauren Martel told justices earlier Thursday the legislation requires U.S. Justice Department approval since it was passed before the U.S. Supreme Court struck parts of that review process.

The Libertarian Party argued that new state law requires the party to have a primary vote to continue its convention nomination process.

The justices also turned down the party's request that it order state officials to conduct a primary this year.