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2777Ratification Number: 462Act Number: 418Introducing Body: HouseSubject: Relating to vote recorders
(A418, R462, H2777)
AN ACT TO AMEND ARTICLE 13 OF CHAPTER 13 OF TITLE 7, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO VOTE RECORDERS, BY ADDING SECTION 7-13-1371 SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR BALLOT CARDS USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH AN OPTICAL SCANNING DEVICE TO INCLUDE AN INSTRUCTION TO VOTE BOTH SIDES OF THE CARD, FOR THE LOCATION AND TYPE OF THE INSTRUCTION, FOR THE DESIGN OF THE CARDS USED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE DEVICE DURING A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION OR PRIMARY, FOR THE STATE ELECTION COMMISSION TO ESTABLISH THE FORM OF A SIGN TO BE DISPLAYED IN A POLLING PLACE UTILIZING THE DEVICE, AND FOR THE SIGN'S PRINTING AND LOCATION.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Article 13 of Chapter 13 of Title 7 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 7-13-1371. (a) Ballot cards used in conjunction with an optical scanning device must include an instruction to vote both sides of the ballot card. This instruction must appear conspicuously at the top and at the bottom of the front side of the ballot card and must be printed in bold-faced type at least as large as the largest type on the ballot card.
(b) Any ballot card used in conjunction with an optical scanning device during a presidential election or primary must be designed so that the front of the ballot card contains only the instructions for voting for president and the names of the presidential candidates. The instructions for voting the remainder of the ballot card and the names of the remaining candidates must be placed on the reverse side of the ballot card or they must be placed on a separate ballot card.
(c) The State Election Commission must establish the form of a sign to be displayed in any polling place utilizing an optical scanning device. This sign must notify voters to vote both sides of the ballot card and must be displayed in three conspicuous places in the polling place."
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon approval by the Governor.