South Carolina General Assembly
125th Session, 2023-2024
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Sponsors: Senators Campsen, Senn and Kimbrell
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Introduced in the Senate on January 18, 2023
Introduced in the House on March 2, 2023
Last Amended on February 28, 2023
Currently residing in the Senate
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
|Date||Body||Action Description with journal page number|
|1/18/2023||Senate||Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 4)|
|1/18/2023||Senate||Referred to Committee on Judiciary (Senate Journal-page 4)|
|2/9/2023||Senate||Referred to Subcommittee: Campsen (ch), Hutto, Malloy, Garrett, Kimbrell|
|2/22/2023||Senate||Committee report: Favorable with amendment Judiciary (Senate Journal-page 18)|
|2/28/2023||Senate||Committee Amendment Adopted (Senate Journal-page 42)|
|2/28/2023||Senate||Amended (Senate Journal-page 42)|
|2/28/2023||Senate||Read second time (Senate Journal-page 42)|
|2/28/2023||Senate||Roll call Ayes-41 Nays-0 (Senate Journal-page 42)|
|3/1/2023||Senate||Read third time and sent to House (Senate Journal-page 14)|
|3/2/2023||House||Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 8)|
|3/2/2023||House||Referred to Committee on Judiciary (House Journal-page 8)|
|5/3/2023||House||Committee report: Favorable with amendment Judiciary (House Journal-page 94)|
|5/9/2023||House||Debate adjourned (House Journal-page 23)|
|5/10/2023||House||Requests for debate-Rep(s). Harris, Magnuson, Pace, Cromer, White, May, Gatch, Burns, AM Morgan, TA Morgan, Trantham, Connell, Mitchell, Whitmire, T Moore, Nutt, Hixon (House Journal-page 25)|
|5/11/2023||House||Debate adjourned until Tues., 1-9-24 (House Journal-page 56)|
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
Indicates Matter Stricken
Indicates New Matter
May 3, 2023
Introduced by Senators Campsen, Kimbrell and Senn
S. Printed 05/03/23--H.
Read the first time March 02, 2023
The committee on HOUSE JUDICIARY
To who was referred a Bill (S.406) to amend the South Carolina Code of Laws by amending Section 7-15-420(d) and (e), relating to the tabulation of absentee ballots, so as to provide that ballots cast, etc., respectfully
That they have duly and carefully considered the same, and recommend that the same do pass with amendment:
Section 7-13-1160. Within twenty-four hours of the completion of the canvassing and counting of ballots, the persons in charge of each such election in each county shall notify the State Election Commission of the unofficial results of such election in each such county; provided, however, that failure to comply with the provisions of this section shall not invalidate the votes cast therein.(A) After the closing of the polls on election day, each county board of voter registration and elections must report results continuously and without delay in the manner prescribed by the State Election Commission and in the following order:
(1) the unofficial results of the early voting period ballot tabulation;
(2) the unofficial results of the absentee ballot tabulation; and
(3) the unofficial results returned by the managers of election.
(B) If the reporting of unofficial election results of the early voting period ballot tabulation or absentee ballot tabulation would result in a delay in the reporting of the unofficial results returned by the managers of election, then a county board of voter registration and elections, upon approval by the Executive Director of the State Election Commission, may begin to report the unofficial results returned by the managers of election prior to reporting the early voting period ballot tabulation or absentee ballot tabulation, as applicable, but must report the early voting period ballot tabulation or absentee ballot tabulation, as applicable, as soon as is practicable.
Renumber sections to conform.
Amend title to conform.
WESTON NEWTON for Committee.
TO AMEND THE SOUTH CAROLINA CODE OF LAWS BY AMENDING SECTION 7-15-420(D) and (e), RELATING TO THE TABULATION OF ABSENTEE BALLOTS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT BALLOTS CAST DURING THE EARLY VOTING PERIOD MAY BEGIN TO BE TABULATED AT THE SAME TIME AS ABSENTEE BALLOTS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
(D) Beginning no earlier than 7:00 a.m. on election day, the absentee ballots may be tabulated, including any absentee ballots received on election day before the polls are closed and the tabulated data collected from those ballots and from the ballots cast during the early voting period may be loaded into the election management system. If any absentee ballot is challenged, the return-addressed envelope must not be opened, but must be put aside and the procedure set forth in Section 7-13-830 must be utilized; but the absentee voter must be given reasonable notice of the challenged ballot.
(E) Results of the early voting period and absentee ballot tabulation must not be publicly reported until after the polls are closed. An election official, election worker, candidate, or watcher who intentionally violates the prohibition contained in this subsection is guilty of a felony and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than one thousand dollars or imprisoned not more than five years.
Section 7-13-1160. Within twenty-four hours of the completion of the canvassing and counting of ballots, the persons in charge of each such election in each county shall notify the State Election Commission of the unofficial results of such election in each such county; provided, however, that failure to comply with the provisions of this section shall not invalidate the votes cast therein The unofficial election results returned by the managers to the county boards of voter registration and elections must be reported continuously and without undue delay in the manner prescribed by the State Election Commission.
(19) establish methods of auditing election results, which may include risk-limiting audits, hand-count audits, results verification through independent third-party vendors that specialize in election auditing, ballot reconciliation, or any other method deemed appropriate by the executive director. Election result audits must be conducted in all statewide elections after the election concludes, but prior to certification by the State Board of Canvassers, and may be performed following any other election held in the State at the discretion of the executive director. A hand-count audit must be conducted publicly. Once completed, audit reports must be published on the commission's website.
SECTION 4. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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