South Carolina Rainy Day Fund Amendment, Amendment 3 (2010)
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- See also: 2010 ballot measure election results
Official election results of the measure follow:
|Amendment 3 (Rainy Day Fund)|
Official results via the South Carolina State Election Commission.
Text of amendment
The ballot title of the measure read as follows:
- Must Section 36(A), Article III of the Constitution of this State be amended so as to increase from three to five percent in increments of one-half of one percent over four fiscal years the amount of state general fund revenue in the latest completed fiscal year required to be held in the General Reserve Fund?
- A ‘Yes' vote will increase the amount of money state government must keep in the General Reserve Fund (its "rainy day" fund) from 3% of the previous year's revenue to 5% of the previous year's revenue.
- Yes 
- No 
- The South Carolina Republican Party supported the amendment.
There was no known campaign in opposition of the measure.
- The Post and Courier was in favor of the measure, arguing, "Voters should approve Amendment 3 "to increase from three to five percent in increments of one-half of one percent over four fiscal years the amount of state general fund revenue in the latest completed fiscal year required to be held in the General Reserve Fund."
- The Spartanburg Herald Journal urged voters to vote 'yes' on the measure, writing in an editorial, "South Carolina lawmakers have never shown fiscal restraint; it must be imposed on them. The enhanced reserves would cushion the blow of mid-year budget cuts if state revenues fall short."
Path to the ballot
Section 1 of Article XVI of the South Carolina Constitution says that a legislatively-referred amendment can go on the ballot if approved by a 2/3rds vote of each house of the South Carolina State Legislature. (If the state's voters approved the amendment, it must then go back to the legislature for a second affirmative vote.)
- South Carolina proposed constitutional amendments on the 2010 ballot
- Four amendments to appear on November ballot (dead link)
- Understand constitutional ballot questions
- The Augusta Chronicle, "S.C. ballot measure asks about protecting hunting," July 28, 2010
- South Carolina State Election Commission, "2010 Constitutional Amendment Questions," accessed August 31, 2010
- South Carolina State Elections Commission, "2010 Constitutional Amendments"
- How You Should Vote On The Constitutional Amendments, "South Carolina GOP"
- The Post and Courier, "Vote 'Yes' on amendments," October 25, 2010
- Go Upstate.com, "Vote yes to four constitutional ballot questions," October 27, 2010
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