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South Carolina Referendum 2A, Convicted Felons May Not Serve in the State Legislature (1996)

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South Carolina Referendum 2A was on the November 5, 1996 ballot in South Carolina as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, where it was approved.

Referendum 2A amended Section 7 of Article III of the South Carolina Constitution so that no person is eligible to serve as a member of the South Carolina State Senate or the South Carolina House of Representatives who "has been convicted of a felony under state or federal law or a violation of certain election laws, or who has pled guilty or nolo contendere to these offenses." The eligibility limitation does not apply to those who have been pardoned, or to those who file to run for office at least fifteen years after they finish serving their sentences, including probation and parole time.

Referendum 2A did not apply retroactively.

At the same election, South Carolina voters approved, Referendum 2B, Convicted Felons May Not Serve in Elective Office.

Election results

Referendum 2A
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 822,704 86.96%
No123,40913.04%

Ballot text

Question


"Shall Article III, Section 7 of the Constitution of this State relating to qualifications of members of the State Senate and House of Representatives be amended so as to provide that no person is eligible for these offices who has been convicted of a felony under state or federal law or a violation of certain election laws, or who has pled guilty or nolo contendere to these offenses and to provide that this limitation on eligibility does not apply to a person pardoned for the offense or who files for office fifteen years or more from the date the sentence, including probation and parole time, has been served and that no person, serving in office prior to the ratification of this provision, be required to vacate the office to which he is elected?"

Official summary


"Amends the Constitution of this State to provide that no person is qualified to be a State Senator or a member of the State House of Representatives who has been convicted of a felony under state or federal law, or of a violation of certain election laws, or who has pled guilty or no contest to these offenses. This prohibition would not apply to a person who has been pardoned or who files for office fifteen (15) years or more from the date the sentence has been served, which would include the time the person was on probation or parole. No person serving in office before this provision is ratified is required to vacate the office to which that person has been elected."

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