View Amendment Current Amendment: 10 to Bill 3298 Rep. G. R. SMITH proposes the following Amendment No. 10 to H. 3298 (COUNCIL\GGS\3298C011.GGS.ZW13):

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Amend the bill, as and if amended, by adding appropriately numbered SECTIONS at the end to read:

/      SECTION      ____.      Article 3, Chapter 5, Title 7 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

     "Section 7-5-115.      (A)      A person may not vote in a partisan primary election or partisan advisory referendum unless he has registered as a member of that party or the party elects to allow all voters not registered with another party to participate in a partisan primary election for the selection of its party nominee. A voter registered as a member of a political party may not vote in the partisan primary election of a party with which they are not registered.
     (B)      The State Election Commission shall assist the county entities charged by law with registering electors with capturing the data and maintaining a list of all electors registered by party affiliation. To expedite the registration of electors, the county entities shall allow electors to register by party, if they wish, at all partisan primary elections conducted before June 2014.
     (C)      After the first primary is conducted under the provisions of this section, the entity charged by law with registering qualified electors shall contact the qualified electors of that county, by whatever method it determines to be appropriate, informing them of partisan primary voting procedures as provided in this section."

SECTION      ____.      Section 7-5-170 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 265 of 2012, is further amended to read:

     "Section 7-5-170.      (1)      Written application required.--A person may not be registered to vote except upon written application or electronic application pursuant to Section 7-5-185, which shall become that becomes a part of the permanent records of the board to which it is presented and which must be open to public inspection. However, the social security number contained in the application must not be open to public inspection.
     (2)      Form of application.--The application must be on a form prescribed and provided by the executive director and shall must contain the following information: name, sex, race, social security number, date of birth, residence address, mailing address, telephone number of the applicant, political party affiliation, if any, and location of prior voter registration. The applicant must shall affirm that he is not under a court order declaring him mentally incompetent, confined in anya public prison, has never been convicted of a felony or offense against the election laws, or if previously convicted, that he has served his entire sentence, including probation and parole time, or has received a pardon for the conviction. Additionally, the applicant must shall take the following oath: "I, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I am a citizen of the United States and that on the date of the next ensuing election, I will have attained the age of eighteen years and am a resident of South Carolina, this county, and of my precinct. I further swear (or affirm) that I am a member of the _________ political party. I further swear (or affirm) that the present residence address listed herein in this application is my sole legal place of residence and that I claim no other place as my legal residence." AnyAn applicant convicted of fraudulently applying for registration is guilty of perjury and is subject to the penalty for that offense.
     (3)      Administration of oaths.--AnyA member of the registration board, deputy registrar, or anya registration clerk must be qualified to administer oaths in connection with the application.
     (4)      Decisions on applications.--AnyA member of the registration board, deputy registrar, or registration clerk may pass on the qualifications of the prospective voter. In case of a question of an applicant being refused registration, at least one member of the board shall pass on the qualifications of the voter. A concise statement of the reasons for the refusal must be written on the application."

SECTION      ____.      Section 7-9-20 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 245 of 2010, is further amended to read:

     "Section 7-9-20.      "Section 7-9-20.      (A)      The qualifications for membership in a certified party and for voting at a party primary election include the following:
           (1)      the applicant for membership, or voter, must be at least eighteen years of age or become so before the succeeding general election,; and
           (2)      must be a registered elector, and a citizen of the United States, and of this State.; and
           (3)      has registered as a member of the certified party.
     (B)      A person may not belong to a party club or vote in a primary unless he is a registered elector and a member of that party. The state convention of anya political party, organization, or association in this State may add by party rules to the qualifications for membership in the party, organization, or association and for voting at the primary elections if the qualifications do not conflict with the provisions of this section or with the Constitution and laws of this State or of the United States.
     (C)      The entity charged by law with conducting a primary shall allow an elector to change his political party affiliation by executing an affidavit not later than thirty days before the primary. During that time, an elector may execute an affidavit declaring that he desires not to be affiliated with a political party. The affiliation with a political party or as a nonpartisan is valid until changed by the qualified elector pursuant to the provisions of this section.
     (D)      When a qualified elector presents himself at a polling place to vote in a primary election, the entity charged by law with conducting the election or its representative shall require the qualified elector to sign an affidavit affirming that he is a member of the party conducting the primary. If the qualified elector does not sign this affidavit, he is declared to be nonpartisan and he may not vote in a partisan primary election."

SECTION      ____.      Notwithstanding the provisions of this act, in all primaries conducted before June 2014, an elector is permitted to vote if he has not signed the affidavit required by this act. After May 31, 2014, all political party primaries must be conducted pursuant to the provisions of this act.

SECTION      ____.      This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor."      /

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