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Bill Could Put Elections Under Elected Official

6:11 PM, Jan 23, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX, AP) -- A bill to make the elected Secretary of State responsible for running elections in South Carolina is moving forward in the state house.

A subcommittee passed the bill Wednesday which would get rid of the South Carolina Election Commission.

The state Election Commission director says the system is better because the election commission is non-partisan.

South Carolina Secretary of State Mark Hammond says he would like to take over elections.

Bill sponsor, Rep. Alan Clemmons, a Florence County Republican, says elections should be run by someone accountable to voters.

"I think there's a lot to be said for an elected official who wakes up every morning knowing that his constituents are watching what he does, and how he handles elections in South Carolina, to be in charge of those elections, to have a desk when the buck stops and everybody knows where that buck stops,"  said Clemmons.

He says nearly 40 other states have systems like the one being proposed.  The bill will now move to the House full Judiciary Committee.

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