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TO AMEND ACT 340 OF 1967, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE CREATION OF THE CHARLESTON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR THE ELECTION OF SCHOOL TRUSTEES IN PARTISAN INSTEAD OF NONPARTISAN ELECTIONS BEGINNING IN 2004 AND FOR THE NOMINATION, TERMS, AND ELECTION PROCEDURES OF CANDIDATES FOR THESE OFFICES.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 2 A. of Act 340 of 1967, as added by Act 936 of 1970, is amended to read:
"Section 2 A. The election of the members of the board of trustees
shall must be nonpartisan by partisan election beginning in 2004. and Candidates may be nominated for office as provided by law. candidates for the board of trustees of the Charleston County School District shall be nominated by petition only filed with the county election commission prior to September first of each election year signed by not less than five hundred qualified resident electors of Charleston, with not less than two hundred fifty of whom shall also be residents of the area which the candidate nominated represents. Candidates so nominated shall be placed upon the ballot in the general election without any party designation and in alphabetical order. Candidates must be elected at the general election and the primary election, respectively, according to the provisions of Title 7 of the 1976 Code, mutatis mutandis.
The five members of the board elected in 2004 receiving the highest number of votes shall serve for initial terms of four years each, and the four members of the board in 2004 receiving the next highest number of votes shall serve for initial terms of two years each. Thereafter, all trustees must be elected for terms of four years each. All other provisions of law relating to election of these school trustees including areas from which members must be elected by the qualified electors of the county shall continue to apply except for provisions of law relating to the nonpartisan election of these trustees. The terms of the present members of the board of trustees of the Charleston County School District serving in office on the effective date of this section expire when the trustees elected in the manner provided in this section take office and qualify. Nothing in this section prevents a current trustee elected on a nonpartisan basis from offering and being elected as a partisan candidate."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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