South Carolina Referendum 2B, Convicted Felons May Not Serve in Elective Office (1996)
Referendum 2A amended Section 1 of Article VI of the South Carolina Constitution so that no person is eligible to elected to "any office of this State or the political subdivisions of this State" 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 2B did not apply retroactively, which meant that any convicted felons serving in elective office at the time that Referendum 2B was approved were allowed to remain in office.
At the same election, South Carolina voters also approved Referendum 2A, Convicted Felons May Not Serve in the State Legislature.
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