South Carolina General Assembly
120th Session, 2013-2014

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S. 4

STATUS INFORMATION

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Sponsors: Senators Scott, Malloy, Setzler, Matthews, Allen, Coleman, Ford, Hutto, Jackson, Johnson, Lourie, McElveen, McGill, Nicholson, Pinckney, Reese, Sheheen, Williams and Bryant
Document Path: l:\council\bills\nbd\11011zw13.docx
Companion/Similar bill(s): 67, 3005, 3153

Introduced in the Senate on January 8, 2013
Introduced in the House on March 21, 2013
Last Amended on March 14, 2013
Currently residing in the House Committee on Judiciary

Summary: Early voting procedures

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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  12/13/2012  Senate  Prefiled
  12/13/2012  Senate  Referred to Committee on Judiciary
    1/8/2013  Senate  Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 18)
    1/8/2013  Senate  Referred to Committee on Judiciary 
                        (Senate Journal-page 18)
   1/10/2013  Senate  Referred to Subcommittee: Campsen (ch), Scott, Young
    2/6/2013  Senate  Committee report: Majority favorable with amend., 
                        minority unfavorable Judiciary (Senate Journal-page 21)
    2/7/2013          Scrivener's error corrected
   2/14/2013  Senate  Motion For Special Order Failed (Senate Journal-page 40)
   2/14/2013  Senate  Roll call Ayes-18  Nays-22 (Senate Journal-page 40)
   3/13/2013  Senate  Special order, set for March 13, 2013 
                        (Senate Journal-page 35)
   3/14/2013  Senate  Committee Amendment Adopted (Senate Journal-page 15)
   3/14/2013  Senate  Amended (Senate Journal-page 15)
   3/14/2013  Senate  Read second time (Senate Journal-page 15)
   3/14/2013  Senate  Roll call Ayes-34  Nays-5 (Senate Journal-page 15)
   3/15/2013          Scrivener's error corrected
   3/20/2013  Senate  Read third time and sent to House 
                        (Senate Journal-page 31)
   3/21/2013  House   Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 15)
   3/21/2013  House   Referred to Committee on Judiciary 
                        (House Journal-page 15)

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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

12/13/2012
2/6/2013
2/7/2013
3/14/2013
3/15/2013

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COMMITTEE AMENDMENT ADOPTED AND AMENDED

March 14, 2013

S. 4

Introduced by Senators Scott, Malloy, Setzler, Matthews, Allen, Coleman, Ford, Hutto, Jackson, Johnson, Lourie, McElveen, McGill, Nicholson, Pinckney, Reese, Sheheen, Williams and Bryant

S. Printed 3/14/13--S.    [SEC 3/15/13 2:53 PM]

Read the first time January 8, 2013.

            

A BILL

TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 7-13-25 SO AS TO ESTABLISH EARLY VOTING PROCEDURES; TO AMEND SECTION 7-3-20, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO DUTIES OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE STATE ELECTION COMMISSION, SO AS TO FURTHER DEFINE HIS DUTIES; AND TO AMEND SECTION 7-15-320, RELATING TO PERSONS QUALIFIED TO VOTE BY ABSENTEE BALLOT, SO AS TO INCLUDE VOTING DURING THE EARLY VOTING PERIOD.

Amend Title To Conform

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

SECTION    1.    Article 1, Chapter 13, Title 7 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 7-13-25.    (A)    Notwithstanding the provisions of this chapter or Chapter 5 of this title, the authority charged by law with conducting an election shall establish a procedure by which a qualified elector may cast his ballot, without excuse, during an early voting period for all elections. The qualified elector may cast a ballot during an early voting period pursuant to this section.

(B)    Early voting centers must be established and maintained to ensure that voters may cast only one ballot.

(C)    A qualified elector may cast his ballot at an early voting center in the county in which he resides.

(D)    Each county board of registration and elections must establish at least one early voting center and may establish up to three early voting centers. The county board of registration and elections shall determine the location of the early voting center or centers. Each early voting center must be supervised by election commission employees.

(E)    The early voting period begins ten days before an election and ends three days prior to the election.

(F)    The county board of registration and elections shall determine the hours of operation for the early voting center or centers; however:

(1)    for any election, the early voting centers shall not open on Sundays;

(2)    for statewide primaries and general elections, the early voting centers must be open for two Saturdays within the early voting period; and

(3)    for any election that is not a statewide primary or general election, the county board of registration and elections shall determine whether to open or not to open the early voting centers on Saturdays during the early voting period.

(G)    In addition to the early voting centers established pursuant to this section, a county board of registration and elections may authorize up to two additional early voting centers if the county board of registration and elections finds there is a need for additional early voting centers after holding a public hearing on the matter. The county board of registration and elections will determine the location of the early voting center or centers.

(H)    A sign must be posted prominently in the early voting center and shall have printed on it: 'VOTING MORE THAN ONCE IS A MISDEMEANOR AND, UPON CONVICTION, A PERSON MUST BE FINED IN THE DISCRETION OF THE COURT OR IMPRISONED NOT MORE THAN THREE YEARS'."

(I)    The provision of this section do not apply to presidential preference primaries held pursuant to Section 7-11-20."

SECTION    2.    Section 7-3-20(C) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 265 of 2012, is further amended by adding:

"(14)    enter into the master file a separate designation each for voters casting absentee ballots and early ballots in a general election."

SECTION    3.    Section 7-15-320 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 43 of 2011, is further amended by adding:

"(C)    A qualified elector may vote during the early voting period pursuant to Section 7-13-25."

SECTION    4.    This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

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