S.C. Voters to Face Seven Statewide Constitutional Amendment Questions on Election Day

Posted on: Thu, 10/19/2006 - 11:57 By: cwhitmire

S.C. Election Commission encourages voters to become familiar with questions in order to help reduce long lines at the polls on Nov. 7

COLUMBIA, S.C. – To help reduce long lines and the amount of time voters must spend at polling locations on Election Day, the South Carolina Election Commission is encouraging voters to familiarize themselves with the subject matter and language used in the constitutional amendment questions that will appear on the Nov. 7 ballot.

South Carolina voters will face seven statewide constitutional amendment questions, with questions covering five topics that range from the definition of marriage to property tax reassessments.

“South Carolina voters will be asked to decide a number of questions on Election Day and we want to encourage them to be prepared,” said Marci Andino, executive director of the S.C. Election Commission. “By simply reading over the questions and determining their answers in advance, voters will be able to more readily respond to the questions on Election Day and help significantly reduce the wait time at polling locations for all voters,” she continued.

To prepare, voters can read or print a copy of the constitutional amendment questions and explanations as they appear on the ballot from the S.C. Election Commission’s Web site at www.scvotes.org. Voters have the option of bringing their own personal notes or copies of the ballot questions with them to the polls on Election Day. Poll managers at each polling location will also have handouts available for voters so that they may read over the questions before casting their ballot.

The statewide constitutional amendment questions are:

1. Definition of marriage

2 a. General Assembly session - 30 days

2 b. General Assembly session - 3 days

3 a. Retirement systems - investing

3 b. Retirement systems - investment panel

4. Property tax

5. Eminent domain

In addition to the statewide ballot questions, many residents across the state will also face local questions. For information regarding local questions, voters may contact their county voter registration office. Information regarding each county voter registration office is available in the article How to Register/Absentee Vote.