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Sponsors: Senator Ford
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Introduced in the Senate on January 19, 2005
Introduced in the House on March 23, 2006
Last Amended on March 16, 2006
Currently residing in the House Committee on Judiciary
Summary: Absentee ballots
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1/19/2005 Senate Introduced and read first time SJ-11 1/19/2005 Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary SJ-11 2/4/2005 Senate Referred to Subcommittee: Martin (ch), Malloy, Campsen, Williams 3/15/2006 Senate Committee report: Favorable with amendment Judiciary SJ-11 3/16/2006 Senate Amended SJ-16 3/16/2006 Senate Read second time SJ-16 3/22/2006 Senate Read third time and sent to House SJ-25 3/23/2006 House Introduced and read first time HJ-16 3/23/2006 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary HJ-16
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COMMITTEE AMENDMENT ADOPTED
March 16, 2006
S. Printed 3/16/06--S.
Read the first time January 19, 2005.
TO AMEND SECTION 7-15-320, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO PERSONS QUALIFIED TO VOTE BY ABSENTEE BALLOT, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A QUALIFIED ELECTOR MEETING CERTAIN REQUIREMENTS MUST BE PERMITTED TO VOTE BY ABSENTEE BALLOT BY MAIL, AND THAT ANY QUALIFIED ELECTOR MUST BE PERMITTED TO VOTE BY ABSENTEE BALLOT IN ANY ELECTION IN WHICH HE IS ENTITLED TO VOTE FOR ANY REASON IF THE QUALIFIED ELECTOR APPEARS IN PERSON TO CAST AN ABSENTEE BALLOT AS PROVIDED BY LAW.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 7-15-320 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 25 of 1997, is further amended to read:
"Section 7-15-320. (A) A qualified elector in any of the following categories must be permitted to vote by absentee ballot by mail in all elections when he is absent from his county of residence on election day during the hours the polls are open, to an extent that it prevents him from voting in person, except that physically disabled persons, certified poll watchers, poll managers, county voter registration board members and staff,
and county election commission members and staff working on election day, a person admitted to a hospital as an emergency patient on the day of an election or within a four-day period before an election, and persons whose employment obligations required that they be at their place of employment during the hours that the polls are open and present written certification of that obligation to the county registration board, and persons confined to a jail or pre-trial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial may vote by absentee ballot whether or not absent from their county of residence:
(1) students, their spouses, and dependents residing with them;
(2) members of the Armed Forces and Merchant Marines of the United States, their spouses, and dependents residing with them;
(3) persons serving with the American Red Cross or with the United Service Organizations (USO) who are attached to and serving with the Armed Forces of the United States, their spouses, and dependents residing with them;
(4) persons in employment;
(5) physically disabled persons;
(6) governmental employees, their spouses, and dependents residing with them;
(7) electors with a death or funeral in the family within a three-day period before the election;
(8) persons on vacation (who by virtue of vacation plans will be absent from their county of residence on election day);
(9) certified poll watchers, poll managers, county voter registration board members and staff, and county election commission members and staff working on election day;
(10) overseas citizens;
(11) persons attending sick or physically disabled persons;
(12) persons admitted to hospitals as emergency patients on the day of an election or within a four-day period before the election;
(13) persons who will be serving as jurors in a state or federal court on election day;
(14) persons sixty-five years of age or older;
(15) persons confined to a jail or pre-trial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial.
(B) Any qualified elector must be permitted to vote by absentee ballot in any election in which he is entitled to vote for any reason if the qualified elector appears in person to cast an absentee ballot as provided by law."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect January 1, 2007.
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