When voters go to the polls Tuesday they'll be choosing more than candidates.
There are four statewide referendum questions that will be on every ballot in South Carolina.
Charleston County voters also will be asked to vote on two local questions, while there is one local question each on ballots in Berkeley and Dorchester counties.
Statewide questions (on every ballot):
Must Article I of the Constitution of this State, relating to the declaration of rights under the state's constitution, be amended by adding Section 25 so as to provide that hunting and fishing are valuable parts of the state's heritage, important for conservation, and a protected means of managing non-threatened wildlife; to provide that the citizens of South Carolina shall have the right to hunt, fish, and harvest wildlife traditionally pursued, subject to laws and regulations promoting sound wildlife conservation and management as prescribed by the General Assembly; and to specify that this section must not be construed to abrogate any private property rights, existing state laws or regulations, or the state's sovereignty over its natural resources?
Explanation: A "yes" vote will make it a constitutional right for citizens to hunt and fish and will permit the State to legally provide for proper wildlife management and the protection of private property rights.
Must Article II of the Constitution of this State, relating to the right of suffrage, be amended by adding Section 12 so as to provide that the fundamental right of an individual to vote by secret ballot is guaranteed for a designation, a selection, or an authorization for employee representation by a labor organization?
Explanation: A "Yes" vote will give employees the constitutional right to vote by secret ballot when they are voting on whether to be represented by a labor union.
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?
Explanation: 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.
Must Section 36(B), Article III of the Constitution of this State be amended so as to provide that monies from the Capital Reserve Fund first must be used, to the extent necessary, to fully replenish the applicable percentage amount in the General Reserve Fund?
Explanation: A "Yes" vote will require that the Capital Reserve Fund's first priority is to replenish the State's General Reserve Fund (its "rainy day" fund) instead of serving to offset mid-year budget cuts at state agencies.
Berkeley County question:
Shall the South Carolina Department of Revenue be authorized to issue temporary permits in Berkeley County for a period not to exceed twenty-four hours to allow the possession, sale, and consumption of alcoholic liquors by the drink to bona fide nonprofit organizations and business establishments authorized to be licensed for consumption-on-premises sales and to allow the sale of beer and wine at permitted off-premises locations without regard to the days or hours of sales?
Charleston County questions:
Should Charleston County Council appoint a consolidated government charter commission for the purpose of preparing a proposed charter to establish county-wide consolidation of local government function or functions?
Education Capital Improvements Sales and Use Tax Act Referendum for Charleston County:
Must a special one percent sales and use tax be imposed in Charleston County for not more than six years with the revenue of the tax used to pay, directly or indirectly, the cost of the following education capital improvement projects in Charleston County:
1. Rebuilding and equipping of Memminger Elementary School
2. Rebuilding and equipping of James Simons Elementary School
3. Rebuilding and equipping of Buist Academy
4. Rebuilding and equipping of Charleston Progressive Academy
5. Seismic evaluation of Mary Ford Elementary School
6. Seismic evaluation of Northwoods Middle School
7. Seismic evaluation of C.E. Williams Middle School
8. Seismic evaluation of St. Andrews Middle School
9. Seismic evaluation of West Ashley Middle School
10. Seismic evaluation and advance design of Garrett Academy of Technology
11. Construction and equipping of Wando Career Technology Academy
12. Rebuilding and equipping of Harbor View Elementary School
13. Rebuilding and equipping of Chicora Elementary School
14. Rebuilding and equipping of St. Andrews Math and Science Elementary School
15. Construction and equipping of Montessori Community School
16. Rebuilding and equipping of Springfield Elementary School
17. Rebuilding and equipping of Laing Middle School
18. Renovation and equipping of Murray-LaSaine Elementary School
19. Renovation and equipping of Angel Oak Elementary School
20. Construction and equipping of North Charleston Creative Arts Elementary School
21. Advance design, traffic, site and athletic improvements, and construction of Fine Arts Facility at James Island Charter High School
22. Information technology operations relocation at Charleston County School District Emergency Operation Center
23. Renovation of and additions to the Rhett Building at Burke High School campus for Lowcountry Tech Academy
24. Construction and equipping of Stono Park Elementary School
25. Construction and equipping of Jennie Moore Elementary School
26. Renovation of Azalea Drive Bus Lot
27. Construction of District 3 Bus Lot
28. Athletic Improvements, including advance design, at Lincoln High School, Wando High School, Stall High School, North Charleston High School, Academic Magnet High School, Military Magnet High School, St. Johns High School, West Ashley High School, Burke High School and Baptist Hill High School
29. Renovation and equipping of Pinehurst Elementary School
30. Advance design of Dunston Elementary School
31. Acquisition of land for future school sites at Carolina Park, Ingleside, and Carolina Bay
All revenue received from the sales and use tax will be used to pay the costs of the education capital improvement projects described above and to pay debt service on general obligation bonds, if any, issued by Charleston County School District to fund the education capital improvement projects described above.
Dorchester County question
Shall Dorchester County, South Carolina, be authorized to issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $5,000,000 for the purpose of protecting and improving land and water by purchasing land from willing sellers on a voluntary basis in order to protect drinking water sources; protect forest, wildlife habitat, and natural areas; reduce flooding; provide parks; preserve historic buildings and sites; protect scenic views; provide new recreational trails for walking, hiking, and biking; and improve the water quality of rivers, lakes, and streams; subject to annual audit?
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