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H 3153 - Requires the municipal election notice to state the process of examining absentee ballots

Tracking Level: Of Interest
Sponsor: Joseph Jefferson (D)
Last Action: 1/10/2017 - House - Referred to Committee on Judiciary
House Committee: Judy
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Summary of the bill as introduced: Requires the municipal election notice to state the process of examining the return-addressed envelopes containing the absentee ballots may begin at 9 a.m. on the day immediately prior to Election Day.

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H 3153 General Bill, By Jefferson, Cobb-Hunter and B. Newton
Similar (H 5151)
Summary: Absentee ballots
    A BILL TO AMEND SECTION 7-13-35, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO NOTICE OF GENERAL, MUNICIPAL, SPECIAL, AND PRIMARY ELECTIONS, SO AS TO REQUIRE THE NOTICE TO STATE THAT THE PROCESS OF EXAMINING THE RETURN-ADDRESSED ENVELOPES CONTAINING THE ABSENTEE BALLOTS MAY BEGIN AT 9:00 A.M. ON THE DAY IMMEDIATELY PRIOR TO ELECTION DAY; TO AMEND SECTION 7-15-220, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE SIGNING AND WITNESSING OF THE OATH OF AN ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICANT, SO AS TO ELIMINATE THE REQUIREMENT THAT THE ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICANT'S OATH BE WITNESSED; TO AMEND SECTION 7-15-380, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE OATH OF THE ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICANT, SO AS TO ELIMINATE THE REQUIREMENT THAT THE ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICANT'S OATH BE WITNESSED; TO AMEND SECTION 7-15-385, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE MARKING OF THE ABSENTEE BALLOT AND THE RETURN, RECORDING, AND STORAGE OF THE RETURN-ADDRESSED ENVELOPE, SO AS TO ELIMINATE THE REQUIREMENT THAT THE ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICANT'S OATH BE WITNESSED; AND TO AMEND SECTION 7-15-420, AS AMENDED, RELATING TO THE RECEIPT, TABULATION, AND REPORTING OF ABSENTEE BALLOTS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE PROCESS OF EXAMINING THE RETURN-ADDRESSED ENVELOPES THAT HAVE BEEN RECEIVED BY THE COUNTY BOARD OF VOTER REGISTRATION AND ELECTIONS MAY BEGIN AT 9:00 A.M. ON THE CALENDAR DAY IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING ELECTION DAY, AND TO ELIMINATE THE REQUIREMENT THAT THE ABSENTEE BALLOT APPLICANT'S OATH BE WITNESSED.
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12/15/16House Prefiled
12/15/16House Referred to Committee on Judiciary
01/10/17House Introduced and read first time
01/10/17House Referred to Committee on Judiciary



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1411 Gervais St., PO Box 12109, Columbia, SC 29211
Phone: 803.799.9574, Fax: 803.933.1299, mail@masc.sc