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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A government watchdog group is challenging the constitutionality of how elections are run in South Carolina.

The South Carolina Public Interest Foundation last month filed a request that a judge declare invalid a state law laying out how county-level elections boards are constructed.

The lawsuit says a 2008 law is unconstitutional because it's simply a collection of county-level laws and acts about voter registration and election. That mirrors the findings of the attorney general's office, which says in an advisory opinion that the law isn't constitutional.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Larry Martin has said such a lawsuit could make a mess out of this year's elections. The Pickens Republican is urging his colleagues to pass his bill creating a statewide model for combined election and voter registration offices.

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