View Amendment Current Amendment: 1 to Bill 3349 The Judiciary Committee proposes the following Amendment No. 1 to H. 3349 (COUNCIL\GGS\22029ZW11):

Reference is to Printer's Date 01/19/2011-H.

Amend the bill, as and if amended, by adding appropriately numbered SECTIONS at the end to read:

/      SECTION      __.      This act may be cited as the "South Carolina Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voters Act".

SECTION      __.      Section 7-15-400 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

     "Section 7-15-400.      (A)      A qualified absentee elector as provided in subsection (C) of this section of this state who is eligible to vote as provided by the United States Code, Title 42, Section 1973ff, et seq. may apply not earlier than ninety days before an election for a special write-in absentee ballot. This ballot must be used for each general and special election and primaries for federal offices, statewide offices, and members of the General Assembly.
     (B)      The application for a special write-in absentee ballot may be made on the federal postcard application form, or its electronic equivalent, or on a form prescribed by the State Election Commission.
     (C)      In order to qualify for a special write-in absentee ballot, the voter must state that he is unable to vote by regular absentee ballot or in person due to requirements of military service or due to living in an isolated areas area or an extremely remote areas area of the world. This statement may be made on the federal postcard application, or on a form prepared by the State Election Commission and supplied and returned with the special write-in absentee ballot.
     (D)      Upon receipt of this application, the County Board of Registration shall issue the special write-in absentee ballot which that must be prescribed and provided by the State Election Commission. The ballot shall list the offices for election in the general election. It may list the candidates for office if known at the time of election. This ballot shall permit the elector to vote by writing in a party preference for each federal, state, and local office, the names of specific candidates for each federal, state, and local office, or the name of the person whom the voter prefers for each office.
     (E)      A qualified elector may alternatively submit a federal write-in absentee ballot for a federal, state, or local office, or state or local ballot measure.
     (F)      A qualified elector may use the declaration accompanying a federal write-in absentee ballot simultaneously to register to vote and as an application for an absentee ballot."

SECTION      __.      Section 7-15-405(A) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

     "(A)      For the qualified electors of this State who are eligible to vote as provided by the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, set forth in the United States Code, Title 42, Section 1973ff, et seq., an absentee ballot with an absentee instant runoff ballot for each potential second primary must be mailed sent to the elector at least forty-five days prior to the primary election."

SECTION      __.      Article 5, Chapter 15, Title 7 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

     "Section 7-15-406.      For the qualified electors of this State who are eligible to vote as provided by the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, set forth in the United States Code, Title 42, Section 1973ff, et seq., an absentee ballot must be sent to the elector at least forty-five days prior to an election."

SECTION      __.      Section 7-15-460 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

     "Section 7-15-460.      (A)      To ensure that all South Carolina residents eligible to vote as provided by the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, set forth in the United States Code, Title 42, Section 1973ff, et seq., have the opportunity to receive and cast any ballot they would have been eligible to cast if they resided in, and had remained in, South Carolina, the State Election Commission must, in cooperation with United States government agencies, take all steps and action as may be necessary, including, but not limited to, electronic transmissions of Standard Form 76A, or its successor form, issued by the federal government as an application for voter registration, and an application for absentee ballots, and electronic transmissions of absentee ballots to or from any elector eligible to vote as provided by the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act for all elections for federal, state, and local offices to voters in accordance with their preferred method of transmission.
     (B)      The State Election Commission shall provide an electronic free-access ballot tracking system for all South Carolina residents eligible to vote as provided by the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.
(B)(C)      The State Election Commission shall promulgate all regulations necessary for the implementation of this section."

SECTION      __.      Section 7-15-220 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

     "Section 7-15-220.      (A)      The oath, a copy of which is required by item (2) of Section 7-15-200 to be sent each absentee ballot applicant, and which is required by Section 7-15-230 to be returned with the absentee ballot applicant's ballot, shall must be signed by the absentee ballot applicant and witnessed. The oath shall must be in the following form:
     I hereby swear (or affirm) that I am duly qualified to vote at this election according to the Constitution of the State of South Carolina, that I have not voted during this election, that the ballot or ballots with which this oath is enclosed is my ballot, and that I have received no assistance in voting my ballot that I would not have been entitled to receive had I voted in person at my voting precinct.
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Signature of Voter

Dated on this ______ day of __________ 1920__

____________________
Signature of Witness

Address of Witness

     (B)      Qualified voters under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voters Act are exempt from witness requirements in subsection (A)."

SECTION      __.      Section 7-15-380 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

     "Section 7-15-380.      (A)      The oath, which is required by Section 7-15-370 to be imprinted on the return-addressed envelope, furnished each absentee ballot applicant, must be signed by the absentee ballot applicant and witnessed. The address of the witness shall appear on the oath. In the event the voter cannot write because of a physical handicap or illiteracy, the voter must make his mark and have the mark witnessed by someone designated by the voter. The oath must be in the following form:
     I hereby swear (or affirm) that I am duly qualified to vote at this election according to the Constitution of the State of South Carolina, that I have not voted during this election, that the ballot or ballots contained in this envelope is my ballot, and that I have received no assistance in voting my ballot that I would not have been entitled to receive had I voted in person at my voting precinct.
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Signature of Voter

Dated on this ______ day of __________, 1920__

____________________
Signature of Witness

____________________
Address of Witness

     (B)      Qualified voters under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voters Act are exempt from witness requirements in subsection (A)."

SECTION      __.      This act takes effect upon preclearance approval by the United States Department of Justice or approval by a declaratory judgment issued by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, whichever occurs first.      /

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