Primary Election Day

It’s Primary Election Day in South Carolina.

Get out an Vote! Polls open at 7 a.m. and remain open until 7 p.m.

This is your chance to have a say in who governs and on what issues over the next several years.

By now you should know which candidates you are going to support in the primaries.

At the state level, the primary for the last time voters will be electing a Lt. Governor could be an important step for candidates in the 2018 gubernatorial election.

And the contest for State Superintendent of Education could be important depending on your view of Common Core requirements.

And, of course, we’ll see today whether the Tea Party can challenge Sen. Lindsey Graham’s lock on his U.S. Senate seat.

Primary advisory referendums, often a ploy to get voters to the polls, bring some interesting questions to voters this time.

Two questions that will be asked of Democratic Primary voters are really hot issues as interest groups in the Myrtle Beach and other areas of the state continue their effort to increase gambling in the state.

Democratic ballot:

Question 1: Do you believe each state – not Congress – should decide for itself whether to allow online gaming and determine how to regulate online gaming in their state?

Question 2: The S.C. Department of Transportation estimates more than $20 billion is required to fix South Carolina’s crumbling roads and bridges. Should gaming laws be modernized to fund the repairs instead of a tax increase?

On the Republican side, one advisory question will challenge abortion while another will advise on the state income tax.
Republican ballot:
Question 1: Should Article I, Section 3, of the S.C. 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.

Question 2: Should S.C. 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 percentage points each year until the state income tax rate for all brackets is zero percent?



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