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835Ratification Number: 472Act Number: 405Introducing Body: SenateSubject: Relating to party primaries or conventions on ballots for special elections and to nomination by petition
(A405, R472, S835)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 7-13-350, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO ELECTIONS, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR THE PLACING OF NOMINEES OF PARTY PRIMARIES OR CONVENTIONS ON BALLOTS FOR SPECIAL OR MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS AND TO PROVIDE THAT THEY MUST BE CERTIFIED BY AT LEAST TWELVE O'CLOCK NOON ON THE THIRTIETH DAY PRIOR TO THE DATE OF THE ELECTION AND TO AMEND SECTION 7-11-70 RELATING TO NOMINATION BY PETITION, SO AS TO INCREASE FROM NINETY TO ONE HUNDRED TWENTY DAYS PRIOR TO AN ELECTION THE DATE ON WHICH THE OFFICIAL NUMBER OF QUALIFIED ELECTORS OF A GEOGRAPHICAL AREA OF ANY OFFICE IS DETERMINED.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Nominees by political party
SECTION 1. Section 7-13-350 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 263 of 1984, is further amended to read:
"Section 7-13-350. The nominees in a party primary or party convention held under the provisions of this Title by any political party certified by the Commission under this Title for one or more of the offices, national, state, circuit, multicounty district or county, to be voted on in the general election must be placed upon the appropriate ballot for the election as candidates nominated by party by the authority charged by law with preparing the ballot if the names of the nominees are certified by the political party chairman, vice-chairman, or secretary to such authority, for general elections held under Section 7-13-10, not later than twelve o'clock noon on September first, or if September first falls on Sunday, not later than twelve o'clock noon on the following Monday; and for a special or municipal election, by at least twelve o'clock noon on the thirtieth day prior to the date of holding the election, or if the thirtieth day falls on Sunday, by twelve o'clock noon on the following Monday."
SECTION 2. Section 7-11-70 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 7-11-70. A candidate's nominating petition for any office in this State shall contain the signatures of at least five percent of the qualified registered electors of the geographical area of the office for which he offers as a candidate; provided, that no petition candidate is required to furnish the signatures of more than ten thousand qualified registered electors for any office. The official number of qualified registered electors of the geographical area of any office must be the number of registered electors of such area registered one hundred twenty days prior to the date of the election for which the nomination petition is being submitted.
The petition must be certified to the State Election Commission in the case of national, state, circuit, and multicounty district offices; with the county election commission in the case of countywide or less than countywide offices with the exception of municipal offices; with the clerk of a municipality in case of a municipal office, and the certified petition shall constitute and be kept as a public record."
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect upon approval by the Governor.