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South Carolina groups looking to change local referendum laws

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January 27, 2011

COLUMBIA, South Carolina: The local ballot initiative process in the state of South Carolina may be going under a change if a coalition of citizen groups get their wish. The coalition is proposing a referendum to the South Carolina Legislature that would change the process in the state. Currently, in order for citizens to place a ballot measure on a local ballot, 15 percent of registered voters in the local area where the measure would appear must sign the initiative petition. However, if the referendum is passed in the legislature, that number would change to 5 percent.

Lexington County resident Jim Gordon, who was representing the coalition of citizen groups made a presentation at the Greenville County Legislative Delegation meeting on January 3, 2011 urging passage of the referendum.

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