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Sponsors: Senator Martin
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Introduced in the Senate on February 3, 2004
Introduced in the House on April 13, 2004
Last Amended on April 6, 2004
Currently residing in the House Committee on Judiciary
Summary: To allow use of post card applications for overseas absentee ballots
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2/3/2004 Senate Introduced and read first time SJ-17 2/3/2004 Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary SJ-17 3/30/2004 Senate Committee report: Favorable with amendment Judiciary SJ-10 4/6/2004 Senate Amended SJ-17 4/6/2004 Senate Read second time SJ-17 4/6/2004 Senate Ordered to third reading with notice of amendments SJ-17 4/7/2004 Senate Read third time and sent to House SJ-24 4/13/2004 House Introduced and read first time HJ-141 4/13/2004 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary HJ-14
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COMMITTEE AMENDMENT ADOPTED
April 6, 2004
S. Printed 4/06/04--S.
Read the first time February 3, 2004.
TO AMEND SECTION 7-15-330, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO APPLICATIONS TO VOTE AN ABSENTEE BALLOT, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT PURSUANT TO SECTION 704 OF THE HELP AMERICA VOTE ACT, FEDERAL POST CARD APPLICATIONS MAY BE USED BY OVERSEAS AND MILITARY UNITED STATES CITIZENS FOR THE NEXT TWO REGULARLY SCHEDULED GENERAL ELECTIONS OCCURRING FROM THE DATE OF SUBMISSION OF THE APPLICATION.
Amend Title To Conform
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 7-15-330 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 7-15-330. (A) To vote by absentee ballot, a qualified elector or a member of his immediate family must request an application to vote by absentee ballot in person, by telephone, or by mail from the county registration board, or at an extension office of the board of registration as established by the county governing body, for the county of the voter's residence. A person requesting an application for a qualified elector as the qualified elector's authorized representative must request an application to vote by absentee ballot in person or by mail only and must himself be a registered voter and must sign an oath to the effect that he fits the statutory definition of a representative. This signed oath must be kept on file with the board of registration until the end of the calendar year or until all contests concerning a particular election have been finally determined, whichever is later. A candidate or a member of a candidate's paid campaign staff, including volunteers reimbursed for time expended on campaign activity, is not allowed to request applications for absentee voting for any person designated in this section unless the person is a member of the immediate family. A request for an application to vote by absentee ballot may be made anytime during the calendar year in which the election in which the qualified elector desires to be permitted to vote by absentee ballot is being held. However, completed applications must be returned to the county registration board in person or by mail before 5:00 p.m. on the fourth day before the day of the election. Applications must be accepted by the county board of registration until 5:00 p.m. on the day immediately preceding the election for those who appear in person and are qualified to vote absentee pursuant to Section 7-15-320. A member of the immediate family of a person who is admitted to a hospital as an emergency patient on the day of an election or within a four-day period before the election may obtain an application from the registration board on the day of an election, complete it, receive the ballot, deliver it personally to the patient who shall vote, and personally
carry bring the ballot back to the board of registration. The board of registration shall serially number each absentee ballot application form and keep a record book in which must be recorded the number of the form, the name, home address, and absentee mailing address of the person for whom the absentee ballot application form is requested; the name, address, voter registration number, and relationship of the person requesting the form, if other than the applicant; the date upon which the form is requested; and the date upon which the form is issued. This information becomes a public record at 9:00 a.m. on the day immediately preceding the election, except that forms issued for emergency hospital patients must be made public by 9:00 a.m. on the day following an election. A person who violates the provisions of this section is subject to the penalties provided in Section 7-25-170.
(B) Pursuant to Section 704 of the Help America Vote Act, Federal Post Card Applications may be used by overseas and military United States citizens for the next two regularly scheduled general elections occurring from the date of submission of the application."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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