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Indicates Matter Stricken
Indicates New Matter
Indicates Matter Stricken
Indicates New Matter
March 30, 2004
S. Printed 3/30/04--S.
Read the first time February 3, 2004.
To whom was referred a Bill (S. 900) 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, etc., respectfully
That they have duly and carefully considered the same and recommend that the same do pass with amendment:
Amend the bill, as and if amended, page 1, line 27, in Section 7-15-330, as contained in SECTION 1, by striking line 27 in its entirety and inserting therein the following:
/ "Section 7-15-330. (A) To vote by absentee ballot, a qualified /.
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend title to conform.
LARRY A. MARTIN for Committee.
EXPLANATION OF IMPACT:
A review of this bill by the State Election Commission indicates there will be no impact on the General Fund of the State or on federal and/or other funds.
Office of State Budget
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.
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. 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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