SC voters in favor of governor-lieutenant governor ticket

COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF/AP) - When the votes were tallied after polls closed, voters in South Carolina voted 55% in favor of the amendment for the Governor and Lt Governor to run on the same party ticket in future elections.

The amendment on the ballot Tuesday asked if the governor and lieutenant governor should be voted on the same ticket, similar to the presidential race. The change would not take effect until 2018.

The Constitutional Amendment question reads:

Beginning with the general election of 2018, must Section 8 of Article IV of the Constitution of this State be amended to provide that the Lieutenant Governor must be elected jointly with the Governor in a manner prescribed by law; and upon the joint election to add Section 37 to Article III of the Constitution of this State to provide that the Senate shall elect from among the members thereof a President to preside over the Senate and to perform other duties as provided by law; to delete Sections 9 and 10 of Article IV of the Constitution of this State containing inconsistent provisions providing that the Lieutenant Governor is President of the Senate, ex officio, and while presiding in the Senate, has no vote, unless the Senate is equally divided; to amend Section 11 to provide that the Governor shall fill a vacancy in the Office of Lieutenant Governor by appointing a successor with the advice and consent of the Senate; and to amend Section 12 of Article IV of the Constitution of this State to conform appropriate references?

If you voted yes to the amendment, then you agree that from 2018 onward, the Governor and Lieutenant Governor should run on the same ticket and be elected to office jointly.

That also means that the Lieutenant Governor will no longer preside over the Senate and the Senate will elect their presiding officer from within the Senate body.

If you voted no to that amendment, you expresses your wishes to maintain the current method of electing the Governor and Lieutenant Governor separately, allowing the Lieutenant Governor to serve as President of the Senate.

Since it does not take effect until 2018, Gov. Nikki Haley will still run on a solo ticket in 2014 if she stands for reelection.

The polls were open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6. Stick with WMBF News and for LIVE election coverage.

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