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97Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: SenateIntroduced Date: 20010110Primary Sponsor: WilsonAll Sponsors: Wilson, Hayes, Reese, BrantonDrafted Document Number: l:\council\bills\swb\5064dw01.docResiding Body: SenateCurrent Committee: Judiciary Committee 11 SJDate of Last Amendment: 20020214Subject: Elections, canvassing agency to give priority in recount to precincts requested by affected candidatesHistory Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ Senate 20020514 Recommitted to Committee 11 SJ Senate 20020214 Amended Senate 20020213 Committee report: Favorable with 11 SJ amendment Senate 20010110 Introduced, read first time, 11 SJ referred to Committee Versions of This Bill Revised on February 13, 2002 - Word format Revised on February 14, 2002 - Word format
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COMMITTEE AMENDMENT ADOPTED
February 14, 2002
S. Printed 2/14/02--S.
Read the first time January 1, 2001.
TO AMEND SECTION 7-17-280, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO MANDATORY RECOUNTS IN PRIMARIES AND GENERAL ELECTIONS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE CANVASSING AGENCY MAY GIVE PRIORITY IN THE RECOUNT TO SPECIFIC PRECINCTS IF ONE OF THE AFFECTED CANDIDATES FOR REASONABLE CAUSE REQUESTS IT.
Amend Title To Conform
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. The first paragraph of Section 7-17-280 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
Whenever When the difference between the number of votes received by a candidate who has been declared nominated for an office in a primary election or who has been declared elected to an office in a general election and the number of votes received by any other candidate or candidate not declared so nominated or elected or whenever when the difference between the number of votes received by a candidate who received the least number of votes to qualify for a runoff election and a candidate or candidates who did not so qualify shall be is not more than one percent of the total votes which were cast for such the office therein in the election, the committee or board charged by law with canvassing such the votes shall must order a recount of such the votes to be made forthwith as soon as practicable unless such the other candidate or candidates shall waive a recount in writing. Upon the written request of an affected candidate for reasonable cause, the canvassing agency may give priority in the recount to specific precincts."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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