South Carolina Republican Primary Advisory Questions (June 2014)

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Republican Primary Advisory Questions
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Type:Advisory questions
Referred by:Republican Party of South Carolina
Topic:Elections and campaigns on the ballot
Status:Approved Approveda
2014 measures
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June 10
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Two South Carolina Republican Primary Advisory Questions were on the June 10, 2014 Republican Party primary ballot in South Carolina as advisory questions. Both were approved. The measures asked Republican Party primary voters about how they view two statewide political issues:[1][2]

  1. Amending the constitution to extend equal protection under the law to both born and pre-born persons.
  2. Reducing the income tax rate over time until the tax is eliminated.

The measures, while statewide, were party specific and only appeared on the ballot for those who choose to vote on a Republican Party ballot on primary election day.

Election results

Below are the official election results for Question 1:

Question 1
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 240,453 78.65%
No65,27321.35%

Below are the official election results for Question 2:

Question 2
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 245,441 79.86%
No61,90820.14%
These results are from the South Carolina State Election Commission.

Text of the measure

There were two advisory questions on the Republican Party primary ballot in 2014.

Question 1

Question 1 was related to abortion and constitutional language. The official ballot text for the question read as follows:[2]

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
NO[3]

Question 2

Question 2 was related to taxes. The official ballot text for the question read as follows:[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
NO[3]

Open primary

South Carolina has an open primary system for party candidate nominations for elections. This means that any registered voter, no matter what their party affiliation, can vote in any party's primary. However, a voter can only vote in one party's primary. On June 10, 2014, South Carolinians selected a primary ballot at their voting places, either a Republican ballot or a Democratic ballot. Those who selected a Republican ballot got to vote on the Republican advisory questions, while those who selected a Democratic ballot voted on the Democratic advisory questions.

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing ballot measures in South Carolina
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The Republican Party of South Carolina submitted non-binding advisory questions to be placed on the party's primary ballot. The South Carolina Election Commission gave political parties until April 9, 2014 to submit their questions. The election commission charged the Republican Party $2,500 for adding their questions to the ballot.[1]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Idaho Statesman, "SC Democratic June ballot to ask about marijuana," April 9, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Beaufort County, South Carolina, "Sample Ballots," accessed May 7, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.