SPECIAL ELECTION INTEGRITY UPDATE:

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STATEMENT FROM SEN. TOM DAVIS, DISTRICT 46

Last Tuesday morning I asked my Senate colleagues to consider having the Senate recall H. 4919 from the House — at that time such would have been possible since the House had not yet taken any action on the amended bill that the Senate had sent to it last Thursday — in order to further amend that bill by removing the Senate advice and consent section, and adding in its stead a specific cause of action to be exercised by the House and the Senate, and to be heard by the state supreme court on an expedited basis in its original jurisdiction, to enjoin actions by the election commission that the body or bodies believed were inconsistent with our election laws. I argued to my colleagues that the latter provision would actually be more effective than Senate advice and consent on commission appointments, if the intent was to actually deter future bad actions by the commission. A bill amended in that way, I believe, also would have been accepted by the House. However, a majority of my colleagues did not agree with my suggested course of action, arguing that the ball was now in the House’s court and that the House should proceed to either: 1) concur with the Senate amendments to H. 4919; 2) further amend H. 4919 and send it back to the Senate to consideration; or 3) nonconcur with the Senate amendments to H. 4919, which would ultimately lead to H. 4919 going to a conference committee for the differing versions of the bill to be reconciled. Subsequently that same day, House Speaker Jay Lucas did not take any of those three courses of action, but instead recommitted H. 4919 to the House judiciary committee. The speaker has the power to pull H. 4919 back out of that committee and place it on the House calendar for consideration, but I think that’s unlikely to happen unless there is some sort of agreement between the House and the Senate in regard to the disputed Senate advice and consent language. I continue to believe my proposed language could be that compromise. We have two weeks left in this legislative session and I will continue my efforts to find common ground between the Senate and the House so that H. 4919 (or some other bill that’s able to be used as a legislative vehicle) is passed and signed into law by the governor. I realize the critical importance of passing the election integrity bill this session and making sure it does is my top priority.

STATEMENT FROM REP. BILL HERBKERSMAN, DISTRICT 118

Two weeks ago, I led the effort to pass an important bill that would safeguard the South Carolina election system from voter fraud.  The bill unanimously passed in the House, and has the overwhelming support of the Governor, election officials, both political parties, and citizens from around the State.

 

Last week, our bill was poisoned by a power grab by a few Senators when we sent it to the Senate for approval.  This move effectively killed the bill. Fortunately, my colleagues in the House and I understand the absolute urgency of passing this bill and are committed to ensuring that our elections are secure NOW. 

 

Bold actions were taken today that gave our Election Integrity legislation another chance, as the House Judiciary Committee voted to include language from our bill into 8 different bills. Now, the Senate has 8 more chances to pass this legislation. I hope that the Senate will take advantage of this opportunity to pass meaningful election reform legislation because election integrity can not wait any longer.

STATEMENT FROM REP. WESTON NEWTON, DISTRICT 120

Two weeks ago, the House unanimously approved an important bill that I sponsored and worked on extensively through the sub-committee and committee process that would safeguard the South Carolina election system from voter fraud.  This bill includes “fixes” to the “weaknesses” extensively researched and highlighted by local members of our community. These grass roots efforts were essential to the successful passage of the legislation through the House.  In simple terms the bill makes it easier to vote but harder to cheat, ensuring that every legal vote counts. The bill has the overwhelming support of the Governor, election officials, both political parties, and citizens from around the State.


Last week, the bill was amended by the Senate in a way that effectively killed the legislation.  Fortunately, my colleagues in the House and I understand the absolute urgency of passing this bill and are committed to ensuring that our elections are secure NOW. 


Today the House Judiciary Committee (of which I am a member) voted to include the language from our election integrity bill into 8 different bills. Now, the Senate has 8 more chances to pass this legislation. I hope that the Senate will take advantage of this opportunity to pass meaningful election reform legislation now.

STATEMENT FROM REP. JEFF BRADLEY, DISTRICT 123

We are now in the final weeks before the current regular legislative session ends in the General Assembly as the State Constitution requires. And, as the time runs down, there is great concern in the House to ensure that an Election Reform bill is passed which would safeguard our State election system from voter fraud.


Unfortunately, a power play by a handful of Senators amended our original Election Reform Bill H-4919, which had passed unanimously 114-0 last month thereby jeopardizing its ultimate passage into law. I can tell you that this bill was not only passed unanimously by the House, but it has tremendous support by the Governor plus leaders of both political parties and most citizens like yourselves – many of whom have told me.


Thankfully our House Judiciary Committee has boldly given this election integrity legislation another chance by including the language of our House bill into eight different bills and now the Senate has eight more chances to get it passed. Let’s trust that our Senators will take advantage of their new opportunity to pass meaningful election reform because election integrity in South Carolina cannot wait another year.

This SC Election Reform bill, H.4919, would allow any registered voter in South Carolina to vote in person up to two weeks before an election without needing an excuse. While early voting was temporarily expanded in 2020 because of the pandemic, a permanent, no-excuse offering is currently nonexistent in South Carolina.

Also tightened would be the limits on who is allowed to vote absentee by mail, along with changing restrictions on when elections workers can open mail-in ballots and modifications about what information is needed for individuals to request an absentee ballot.

I believe it is vital that when we set forth election law that we make sure our elections are done properly and securely so that our citizens will trust our

system. I would think that a unanimous vote like 114-0, shows the trust that both parties and both ends of the ideological spectrum can agree these are needed changes. Hopefully, this will increase the confidence that South Carolina voters have in our system.

Respectfully,

SC Rep. Jeff Bradley, District 123

STATEMENT FROM REP. SHANNON ERICKSON, DISTRICT 124

For months, citizens across our County and state have been working together to address concerns about fair, safe elections. Beaufort County has been forefront in the push for reforms, working with our Beaufort Legislative Delegation, House Leadership, and Governor McMaster.  Legislation and policy was written collaboratively and filed in both the House and the Senate.  Everyone agreed on the need for these reforms.

Two weeks ago, I co-sponsored, promoted and voted for an important bill that would safeguard the South Carolina election system from voter fraud.  The bill unanimously passed in the House, and has the overwhelming support of the Governor, election officials, both political parties, and citizens from around the State.
Last week, our bill was poisoned by a power grab by a few Senators when we sent it to the Senate for approval.  This move effectively killed the bill. Fortunately, my colleagues in the House and I understand the absolute urgency of passing this bill and are committed to ensuring that our elections are secure NOW.
Bold actions were taken today that gave our Election Integrity legislation another chance, as the House Judiciary Committee voted to include language from our bill into 8 different bills. Now, the Senate has 8 more chances to pass this legislation. I hope that the Senate will take advantage of this opportunity to pass meaningful election reform legislation because election integrity can not wait any longer.

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🚨ELECTION INTEGRITY ALERT🚨

BIG NEWS for election integrity!

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Today, February 8, 2022, the South Carolina House of Representatives made some key amendments to Speaker Lucas's bill H.3444 and sent it back to the South Carolina Senate.


Here's the big points:


  • Require all county election commissions fall under the State Election Commission. This is important because it requires all counties execute elections the same way. So voters in Lancaster County know their votes are being handled the same way was votes in Beaufort County.


  • Bans "drop boxes" for ballots


  • Continues to require the State Election Commission to conduct post-election audits and expand the different audit methods (including but not limited to: risk-limiting; hand-counts; third party vendor & ballot reconciliation) for all elections in the state. The conduct and result of ANY audit must be published on the Commission’s website upon completion.


  • Requires that State Election Commission to report to the S.C. Attorney General or other appropriate law enforcement agency, any violation of state election laws.


  • Prohibits any county board of elections from accepting or expending private funds to conduct elections–like Facebook or the ACLU.


  • Requires that a person may only vote in the last place that they registered to vote and that the act of registering or voting in a new location is evidence of intent to change domicile for purposes of voting.


A special thank you to the Beaufort County Republican Party, our delegates and Friends of Liberty!

This is a BIG STEP in continuing the fight to defend the security of our elections.

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RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF ELECTION REFORM

LETTER OF APPROVAL TO SEN. TIM SCOTT

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A SC ELECTION REFORM TEMPLATE

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