The SCIP has ballot access. Is that why South Carolina Forward wanted to merge?
This is a symbiotic relationship with far greater potential together than apart.
The ability to run Forward candidates is something that both legacy entities view as very valuable. However, if the values and priorities are not shared then the merger result will not last. And if the leadership of both parties is not in sync, then the party will not be successful. Luckily, the Independence Party and Forward Party are in lock-step with our shared values.