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  • DID YOU KNOW THE FOLLOWING ABOUT South Carolina

    Charleston welcomed a shipment of golf balls and clubs from Scotland as early as 1743. On September 29, 1786, the South Carolina Golf Club was formed and, within the same year, America’s first golf course was established on Harleston Green. In 2011, there were more than 350 golf courses within the state of South Carolina.

    After capturing Columbia on February 17, 1865, Union soldiers under General William Tecumseh Sherman burned and destroyed more than two-thirds of the city. Due to scarce funding following the war, the new State House was not rebuilt until 1903.

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    On November 2, 1954, former governor Strom Thurmond became the first person to be elected to the U.S. Senate as a write-in candidate, winning 63 percent of the vote. Thurmond served the state of South Carolina as senator for 47 years, five months and eight days.

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    In 2000, the Confederate flag was removed from the dome on top of the State House and placed on the grounds near the Confederate Soldier Monument in response to a NAACP boycott of the state and protests over its legacy. More than 10 years later, the flag’s location continues to be the subject of ongoing controversy.

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    The only commercial tea plantation in the contiguous 48 states is on Wadmalaw Island, near Charleston, South Carolina.

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    The palmetto tree has been an important icon of South Carolina since the American Revolutionary War. When the British attacked a fort on Sullivan’s Island, near Charleston, the cannonballs bounced off the spongy palmetto logs used to build the exterior wall.

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    State of South Carolina Quick Facts
    • Current Population:4,896,146
    • Voter Registration Deadline: 30 days before an election
    • Election Day Voter Registration: No
    • Early Voting: No
    • Absentee Voting: Yes
    • Voter ID: Yes
    • Electoral Colleges: 9
    • Congressional Districts: 7
    • Date of Statehood: May 23, 1788
    • Size: 32,021 square miles
    • Nickname(s): Palmetto State
    • Tree: Palmetto
    • Flower: Yellow Jessamine
    • Bird: Carolina Wren

    South Carolina State Government

    South Carolina Constitution

    PREAMBLE

    We, the people of the State of South Carolina, in Convention assembled, grateful to God for our liberties, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the preservation and perpetuation of the same.

    All political power is vested in and derived from the people only, therefore, they have the right at all times to modify their form of government.

    Religious freedom; freedom of speech; right of assembly and petition. The General Assembly shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government or any department thereof for a redress of grievances.

    The Executive Branch
    South Carolina State House, Christmas 2006, Brandon Davis

    Executive Power

    The supreme executive authority of this State shall be vested in a Chief Magistrate, who shall be styled "The Governor of the State of South Carolina."

    South Carolina Executive Offices
  • The Governor (Elected)
  • The Lieutenant Governor (Elected)
  • The Attorney General (Elected)
  • The Secretary Of State (Elected)
  • The Treasurer (Elected)
  • Legislative Branch
    South Carolina State House, Christmas 2006, Brandon Davis

    Legislative Power

    The legislative power of this State shall be vested in two distinct branches, the one to be styled the "Senate" and the other the "House of Representatives," and both together the "General Assembly of the State of South Carolina."

    The House of Representatives shall consist of one hundred and twenty-four members, to be apportioned among the several Counties according to the number of inhabitants contained in each.

    The South Carolina Senate is the upper house in the South Carolina Legislature. It consists of 46 state senators.

    Judicial Branch
    South Carolina State House, Christmas 2006, Brandon Davis

    Judicial Power

    The judicial power shall be vested in a unified judicial system, which shall include a Supreme Court, a Court of Appeals, a Circuit Court, and such other courts of uniform jurisdiction as may be provided for by general law.

    The Supreme Court shall consist of a Chief Justice and four Associate Justices, any three of whom shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. The Chief Justice shall preside, and in his absence the senior Associate Justice. In all cases decided by the Supreme Court, the concurrence of three of the Justices shall be necessary for a reversal of the judgment below

    South Carolina Current Partisan Composition
    State Representatives(124)
    (44)(80)
    State Senators(46)
    (18)(28)
    US Representatives(7)
    (1)(6)
    US Senators(2)
    (2)
    State Executives
    Governor
    Lt. Governor
    Att. General
    Sec. Of State

    State Officials Terms, Authority,Salary, and Qualitications

    South Carolina Executive Offices
    The Governor
    Authority

    The governor is also the head of government, serving as the chief executive of the South Carolina executive branch. The governor is the ex officio Commander-in-Chief of the state National Guard when not called into federal use and of the state's unorganized militia.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to the office of Governor who denies the existence of the Supreme Being; and who on the date of such election has not attained the age of thirty years; and who shall not have been a citizen of the United States and a citizen and resident of this State for five years next preceding the day of election. No person while Governor shall hold any office or other commission (except in the militia) under the authority of this State, or of any other power.

    Election

    The governor shall be elected by the qualified voters of the State at the regular election every other even-numbered year after 1970.

    Term of Office

    The term of office of the Governor shall be four years, beginning at noon on the first Wednesday following the second Tuesday in January next after his election and ending at noon on the first Wednesday following the second Tuesday in January four years later.

    Limit on Tenure

    No person shall be elected Governor for more than two successive terms.

    Salary

    $106,078

    Qualification age

    Who on the date of such election has not attained the age of thirty years.

    The Lieutenant Governor
    Authority

    The lieutenant governor is South Carolina's second highest constitutional officer. Under the state constitution, the lieutenant governor serves as the president of the state senate and assumes the position of governor if for any reason the governor is unable to perform the duties of that office

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to the office of Governor who denies the existence of the Supreme Being; and who on the date of such election has not attained the age of thirty years; and who shall not have been a citizen of the United States and a citizen and resident of this State for five years next preceding the day of election. No person while Governor shall hold any office or other commission (except in the militia) under the authority of this State, or of any other power.

    Election

    A lieutenant governor must be chosen at the same time, in the same manner, continue in office for the same period, and be possessed of the same qualifications as the Governor.

    Term of Office

    The lieutenant governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality.

    Limit on Tenure

    Is limited to two consecutive terms.

    Salary

    $46,545

    Qualification age

    At least 30 years old.

    The Attorney General
    Authority

    The attorney general is the state's chief criminal prosecutor, chief legal officer and securities commissioner. He or she represents and advises the state and its agencies in legal matters, oversees the activities of the state grand jury and the registration of all people engaged in the sale of securities in South Carolina. The attorney general's office also investigates allegations of fraud or other violations of securities laws.

    Qualifications

    No person may be popularly elected to and serve in any office in this State or its political subdivisions unless he possesses the qualifications of an elector, is not disqualified by age as prescribed in this Constitution, and has not been convicted of a felony under state or federal law or convicted of tampering with a voting machine, fraudulent registration or voting, bribery at elections, procuring or offering to procure votes by bribery, voting more than once at elections, impersonating a voter, or swearing falsely at elections/taking oath in another's name, or has not pled guilty or nolo contendere [no contest] to these offenses. However, notwithstanding any other provision of this Constitution, this prohibition does not apply to a person who has been pardoned under state or federal law or to a person who files for public office fifteen years or more after the completion date of service of the sentence, including probation and parole time, nor shall any person, serving in office prior to the ratification of this provision, be required to vacate the office to which he is elected. No person may be elected or appointed to office in this State for life or during good behavior, but the terms of all officers must be for some specified period except officers in the militia.

    Election

    There shall be elected by the qualified voters of the State a Secretary of State, an Attorney General, a Treasurer, a Superintendent of Education, Comptroller General, Commissioner of Agriculture, and an Adjutant General who shall hold their respective offices for a term of four years, coterminous with that of the Governor. The duties and compensation of such offices shall be prescribed by law and their compensation shall be neither increased nor diminished during the period for which they shall have been elected.

    Term of Office

    the attorney general will be elected every four years.

    Limit on Tenure

    South Carolina attorneys general are not subject to term limits.

    Salary

    $92,007

    Qualification age

    The Secretary Of State
    Authority

    The secretary of state maintains a database of all notaries public, issues commissions for elected and appointed officials, issues state-wide cable franchises, serves as the repository for several types of municipal filings, and regulates charitable organizations, professional fundraisers, business opportunities and employment agencies.

    Qualifications

    No person may be popularly elected to and serve in any office in this State or its political subdivisions unless he possesses the qualifications of an elector, is not disqualified by age as prescribed in this Constitution, and has not been convicted of a felony under state or federal law or convicted of tampering with a voting machine, fraudulent registration or voting, bribery at elections, procuring or offering to procure votes by bribery, voting more than once at elections, impersonating a voter, or swearing falsely at elections/taking oath in another's name, or has not pled guilty or nolo contendere [no contest] to these offenses. However, notwithstanding any other provision of this Constitution, this prohibition does not apply to a person who has been pardoned under state or federal law or to a person who files for public office fifteen years or more after the completion date of service of the sentence, including probation and parole time, nor shall any person, serving in office prior to the ratification of this provision, be required to vacate the office to which he is elected. No person may be elected or appointed to office in this State for life or during good behavior, but the terms of all officers must be for some specified period except officers in the militia.

    Election

    There shall be elected by the qualified voters of the State a Secretary of State, an Attorney General, a Treasurer, a Superintendent of Education, Comptroller General, Commissioner of Agriculture, and an Adjutant General who shall hold their respective offices for a term of four years, coterminous with that of the Governor. The duties and compensation of such offices shall be prescribed by law and their compensation shall be neither increased nor diminished during the period for which they shall have been elected.

    Term of Office

    that the secretary of state will be elected every four years to a term of four years.

    Limit on Tenure

    Not subject to term limits.

    Salary

    92,007

    Qualification age

    The Treasurer
    Authority

    The treasurer is the chief banker of the state of South Carolina, responsible for the investment, cash management, and safekeeping of the state's general and restricted funds and assets of the state's retirement systems

    Qualifications

    No person may be popularly elected to and serve in any office in this State or its political subdivisions unless he possesses the qualifications of an elector, is not disqualified by age as prescribed in this Constitution, and has not been convicted of a felony under state or federal law or convicted of tampering with a voting machine, fraudulent registration or voting, bribery at elections, procuring or offering to procure votes by bribery, voting more than once at elections, impersonating a voter, or swearing falsely at elections/taking oath in another's name, or has not pled guilty or nolo contendere [no contest] to these offenses. However, notwithstanding any other provision of this Constitution, this prohibition does not apply to a person who has been pardoned under state or federal law or to a person who files for public office fifteen years or more after the completion date of service of the sentence, including probation and parole time, nor shall any person, serving in office prior to the ratification of this provision, be required to vacate the office to which he is elected. No person may be elected or appointed to office in this State for life or during good behavior, but the terms of all officers must be for some specified period except officers in the militia.

    Election

    There shall be elected by the qualified voters of the State a Secretary of State, an Attorney General, a Treasurer, a Superintendent of Education, Comptroller General, Commissioner of Agriculture, and an Adjutant General who shall hold their respective offices for a term of four years, coterminous with that of the Governor. The duties and compensation of such offices shall be prescribed by law and their compensation shall be neither increased nor diminished during the period for which they shall have been elected.

    Term of Office

    The treasurer will be elected every four years, to a term of four years

    Limit on Tenure

    Not subject to term limits.

    Salary

    $92,007

    Qualification age

    South Carolina State Congress
    The State House
    Authority

    The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body.

    Qualifications

    No person is eligible for a seat in the Senate or House of Representatives who, at the time of his election, is not a duly qualified elector under this Constitution in the district in which he may be chosen. Senators must be at least twenty-five and Representatives at least twenty-one years of age. A candidate for the Senate or House of Representatives must be a legal resident of the district in which he is a candidate at the time he files for the office.

    Election

    The first election for members of the House of Representatives under this Constitution shall be held on Tuesday after the first Monday in November Eighteen Hundred and Ninety-six, and in every second year thereafter, in such manner and at such places as the General Assembly may prescribe.

    Term of Office

    It consists of 124 representatives who are elected to two-year terms in even-numbered general election years.

    Limit on Tenure

    No term limit.

    Salary

    $10,400/year + per diem

    Qualification age

    Representatives at least twenty-one years of age.

    The State Senate
    Authority

    The Lieutenant Governor serves as President of the Senate

    Qualifications

    No person is eligible for a seat in the Senate or House of Representatives who, at the time of his election, is not a duly qualified elector under this Constitution in the district in which he may be chosen. Senators must be at least twenty-five and Representatives at least twenty-one years of age.A candidate for the Senate or House of Representatives must be a legal resident of the district in which he is a candidate at the time he files for the office.

    Election

    The Senate shall be composed of one member from each County, to be elected for the term of four years by the qualified electors in each County, in the same manner in which members of the House of Representatives are chosen.

    Term of Office

    It consists of 46 state senators who are elected to four-year terms.

    Limit on Tenure

    wWthout term limits.

    Salary

    $10,400/year + per diem

    Qualification age

    Senators must be at least twenty-five years of age.

    South Carolina State Courts
    The Supreme Court
    Authority

    It has exclusive appellate jurisdiction for all state cases regarding the death penalty, state utility rates, judgments involving public bonded indebtedness and elections, and orders limiting state grand juries and relating to abortions by minors.

    Qualifications

    "constitutional qualifications, ethical fitness, professional and academic ability, character, reputation, physical health, mental stability, experience, and judicial temperament" when determining candidates to the Supreme Court of the state

    Election

    The members of the Supreme Court shall be elected by a joint public vote of the General Assembly for a term of ten years, and shall continue in office until their successors shall be elected and qualified, and shall be classified so that the term of one of them shall expire every two years. In any contested election, the vote of each member of the General Assembly present and voting shall be recorded.

    Term of Office

    r a term of ten years

    Limit on Tenure

    hall continue in office until their successors shall be elected and qualified, and shall be classified so that the term of one of them shall expire every two years.

    Chief salary

    $148,000

    Associates salary

    $131,000

    Qualification age

    between the ages of 32 and 72

    The Court of Appeals
    Authority

    The court hears cases either as a small panel of three judges or as a whole, and it may hear oral arguments and motions in any county of the state

    Qualifications

    a U.S. citizen; a resident of South Carolina for at least five years; a licensed attorney for eight years between 32 and 72 years old

    Election

    The members of the Court of Appeals shall be elected by a joint public vote of the General Assembly for a term of six years and shall continue in office until their successors shall be elected and qualify. In any contested election, the vote of each member of the General Assembly present and voting shall be recorded. Provided, that for the first election of members of the Court of Appeals, the General Assembly shall by law provide for staggered terms.

    Term of Office

    It generally consists of a chief judge and eight associate judges who are elected by the state legislature for six-year terms

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    $138,000

    Qualification age

    between 32 and 72 years ol

    The Circuit court
    Authority

    Qualifications

    Election

    Term of Office

    Limit on Tenure

    Salary

    Qualification age

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