Friday, June 6, 2014

Abortion, drugs, and slot machines will appear on your ballot this Tuesday

Ballot questions await party faithful

Posted by Sam Spence on Fri, Jun 6, 2014 at 5:01 PM

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Tuesday's midterm election primary is decidedly more a Republican affair this year than a Democratic grudge match. The twelve-way race for each party's nomination for state superintendent, the most hotly-contested ballot item this cycle, is split among eight Republicans and four Dems, a handful of Repubs are vying to replace whoever will replace Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell, and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham's may evade his six conservative comers without a runoff.

But after you punch your candidates (buttons), voters from both parties will face ballot questions ranging from abortion to online gambling to take the temperature of each party's loyal primary voters.

Looking at a sample ballot from both parties (they'll be the same for each across the state), here's a look at what you'll see on Tuesday's ballot.

For Democrats:

1. Do you believe each state — not Congress — should decide for itself whether to allow online gaming and determine how to regulate online gaming in their state? YES or NO

2. The South Carolina Department of Transportation estimates more than $20 billion is required to fix South Carolina's crumbling roads and bridges. Should gaming laws be modernized to fund the repairs instead of a tax increase? YES or NO

3. Should medical marijuana be legalized for the use in cases of severe, chronic illness when documented by a physician? YES or NO

And for Republicans:

1. Should Article I, Section 3 of the South Carolina Constitution be amended to include the following language? "The privileges and immunities of citizens of South Carolina and the United States shall not be abridged, so that no person shall be deprived of life without due process of law, nor shall any person be denied the equal protection of the laws. These rights shall extend to both born and pre-born persons beginning at conception." YES or NO

2. Should South Carolina Law be amended to replace the state income tax imposed on individuals, estates, trusts, and others by reducing the rate of taxation by 1.4 percent each year until the state income tax rate for all brackets is zero percent? YES or NO

You can look at your own sample ballot, find out where to vote, and more at SCvotes.org.

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