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SenateBill Number: 38Primary Sponsor: PassailaigueCommittee Number: 25Type of Legislation: GBSubject: Kids Vote establishedResiding Body: HouseCurrent Committee: JudiciaryDate Tabled: 19940201Computer Document Number: S.38Introduced Date: 19930112Last History Body: HouseLast History Date: 19940201Last History Type: Tabled in CommitteeScope of Legislation: StatewideAll Sponsors: PassailaigueType of Legislation: General Bill
Bill Body Date Action Description CMN Leg Involved ____ ______ ____________ ______________________________ ___ ____________ 38 House 19940201 Tabled in Committee 25 38 House 19930128 Introduced, read first time, 25 referred to Committee 38 Senate 19930127 Read third time, sent to House 38 Senate 19930126 Read second time, notice of general amendments 38 Senate 19930120 Committee Report: Favorable 11 38 Senate 19930112 Introduced, read first time, 11 referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
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January 20, 1993
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Read the first time January 12, 1993.
To whom was referred a Bill (S. 38), to amend Chapter 29, Title 59, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, by adding Sections 59-29-300 through 59-29-340, to establish kids vote, etc., respectfully
That they have duly and carefully considered the same, and recommend that the same do pass:
ADDISON "JOE" WILSON, for Committee.
TO AMEND CHAPTER 29, TITLE 59, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTIONS 59-29-300 THROUGH 59-29-340, TO ESTABLISH KIDS VOTE, A PROGRAM WHICH ALLOWS YOUNG SOUTH CAROLINIANS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESS BY CASTING MOCK BALLOTS; AND TO AMEND SECTION 7-13-770 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO PERSONS ALLOWED WITHIN THE POLLING AREA GUARD RAIL SO AS TO ALLOW MINORS PARTICIPATING IN KIDS VOTE WITHIN THE GUARD RAIL AND ACCESS TO VOTING BOOTHS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Chapter 29 of Title 59 is amended by adding:
"Section 59-29-300 (A). There is hereby created Kids Vote, a mock ballot program for minors. Kids Vote shall provide young South Carolinians direct experience in the democratic process of voting, to increase the likelihood that students will participate as adult voters, and shall encourage more parents to participate in the electoral process.
(B) The State Superintendent of Education shall solicit schools throughout the State to participate in Kids Vote. The State Superintendent of Education shall determine the criteria for designating participating schools. The criteria shall include a recognition of South Carolina's culturally and geographically diverse communities from among those schools electing to participate. The State Superintendent of Education, after conferring with the elections officers and county superintendents of schools in the counties wherein the schools are located, may designate one or more schools to participate in the program. A designated school may decline to participate in the program at any time by notifying the State Superintendent of Education.
Section 59-29-310. The State Superintendent shall compile from existing materials an appropriate curriculum and related materials for instructing students on the electoral process, the importance of voting, and how to mark and cast a ballot. The curriculum shall include a study of issues of current interest, simplified as appropriate for the grade level involved. The curriculum shall be presented to participating schools in a neutral and informative manner so as not to create a bias for or against any political party or candidate or measure on any ballot.
Section 59-29-320. The schools jointly designated by the State Superintendent of Education to participate in the program shall provide in a timely manner the required instruction to students participating in the program in order to enable them to cast facsimile or mock ballots. The schools shall also provide related materials to the parents, guardians, or adults who will be eligible to participate with students in this program informing them about Kids Vote and how to participate in it. The instructions shall include voter registration information and information about deadlines to register to vote in upcoming elections in which the Kids Vote program is being conducted.
Section 59-29-330. The State Superintendent of Education, for each county in which a school participating in the program is located, shall work with the county elections officials and the county superintendents to accomplish, notwithstanding any other provision of law, all of the following, in a manner that will not impede the normal voting process, and using routinely established procedures as much as possible:
(a) permit the distribution of facsimile or mock ballots at regularly designated polling places by precinct board members to participating students who are accompanied by a parent or guardian or other adult who is voting in the election;
(b) permit participating students to enter a voting booth at a polling place to cast a facsimile or mock ballot; and
(c) count the ballots cast by participating students and announce the results to the schools participating in the program.
Section 59-29-340. No appropriation of public funds shall be made or augmented by any governmental agency for the specific purpose of implementing Kids Vote. No public funds shall be used by any governmental agency for the purpose of administering, or participating in, the program created by Section 59-29-300. Kids Vote shall be designed and implemented, with respect to any election, only to the extent funding is available for that purpose from nonpublic sources. However, the Secretary of State, notwithstanding any other provision of law, may solicit, receive, and disburse funding received from nonpublic sources to pay for costs associated with implementing this chapter, including costs incurred by schools and county elections officials participating in the program."
SECTION 2. Section 7-13-770 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 7-13-770. (A) No person other than a voter preparing his ballot is allowed within the guard rail, except as provided in this section. A voter who requires assistance to vote by reason of blindness, disability, or inability to read or write shall make the fact known to the managers. The chairman of the managers shall appoint one of the managers and any person of the voter's choice, other than the voter's employer or agent of that employer or officer or agent of the voter's union to assist the voter in preparing his ballot. After the voter's ballot has been prepared, the person chosen by the voter to assist him shall immediately leave the vicinity of the guard rail. In lieu of the above assistance a person may have a member of his family or, in the case of a blind voter, any person of his choosing render him assistance in voting without the presence of a manager. The term `family' means spouse, father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, grandfather, grandmother, grandson, granddaughter, aunt, uncle, niece, or nephew.
(B) A minor is allowed within the guard rail and the voting booths in order to participate in a privately sponsored voter education program pursuant to Section 59-29-300 provided that the minor is accompanied by his parent or guardian. This program, sponsored by private individuals and organizations, is intended to educate minors in the voting process so that on election day they may participate in a simulated election at the polling place.
The State Election Commission and local election commissions shall cooperate with the State Superintendent of Education to implement this program."
SECTION 3. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.