Notice is hereby given that the General Election for Federal, State and County officers, Statewide Constitutional Amendments and any local questions will be held at the voting precincts fixed by law in this County on Tuesday, November 4, 2008, this day being Tuesday following the first Monday, as prescribed by the State Constitution. Also, the City of Clemson will have a municipal election for the purpose of electing a Mayor and three (3) City Council Members, and the Town of Central will have a non-binding advisory referendum election. Both municipal elections will be held concurrent with the General Election.
Any person wishing to register to vote in this election must do so no later than October 4, 2008.
The polls shall be open from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the locations designated below. The Managers of Election shall see that each person offering to vote takes the oath that he is qualified to vote at this election according to the Constitution of this State and that he has not voted before in this election.
Voters who are blind, physically disabled, or unable to read or write are entitled to assistance in casting their ballot. This assistance may be given by anyone the voter chooses except his employer, an agent of his employer, or an officer or agent of his union. The Managers must be notified if assistance is needed.
Voters who are unable to enter their polling place due to physical disability or age may vote in the vehicle in which they drove, or were driven, to the polls. When notified, the Managers will help voters using this curbside voting provision.
Registered electors who cannot vote in person may be eligible to vote by absentee ballot. Persons wishing more information concerning absentee voting should contact their County Board of Voter Registration by e-mail: email@example.com or by phone: 864-898-5948.
At 9:00 a.m. on Election Day the County Election Commission will begin its examination of the absentee ballot return envelopes at the Pickens County Board Room inside the Pickens County Administration Building, 222 McDaniel Ave., Pickens, SC 29671 (please contact your voter registration office to verify time).
On Friday, November 7, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. the County Board of Canvassers will hold a hearing to determine the validity of all provisional ballots cast in these elections. This hearing will be held at the Pickens County Board Room inside the Pickens County Administration Building, 222 McDaniel Ave., Pickens, SC 29671..
The following Statewide Constitutional Amendments will be placed on the ballot:
1. Must Section 33, Article III of the Constitution of this State be amended so as to delete the provision that no unmarried woman shall legally consent to sexual intercourse who shall not have attained the age of fourteen years?
Explanation of Above:
This amendment deletes the section of the Constitution which says an unmarried woman must be fourteen years old or older in order to consent to sexual intercourse. Deleting this section would allow the state legislature to set the age of consent. Currently, the state legislature has the age of consent set at sixteen for most cases.
A “yes” vote would delete the section from the Constitution and let the state legislature set the age of consent.
A “no” vote would leave the section of the Constitution in place.
2. Must Section 16, Article X of the Constitution of this State relating to benefits and funding of public employee pension plans in this State and the investments allowed for funds of the various state operated retirement systems be amended so as to provide that the funds of any trust fund established by law for the funding of post employment benefits for state employees and public school teachers may be invested and reinvested in equity securities subject to the same limitations on such investments applicable for the funds of the various state operated retirement systems?
Explanation of above:
“Post-employment benefits” are benefits, mainly health insurance, provided to eligible state government and school district retirees. To comply with a change in accounting standards, the state has created trust funds to pay for these post-employment benefits. This amendment relates to how the money in these trust funds may be invested.
A “yes” vote would give the state government the option to invest these funds in equity securities (stocks).
A “no” vote would mean that state government is not allowed to invest these funds in any kind of equity securities (stocks).
3. Must Section 16, Article X of the Constitution of this State relating to benefits and funding of public employee pension plans in this State and the investments allowed for funds of the various state operated retirement systems be amended so as to provide that the funds of any political subdivision of this State that have been set aside for the funding of post employment benefits for the political subdivision’s employees, including those invested in independent trusts established for that purpose, may be invested or reinvested in equity securities of the type permitted for investment by the various state operated retirement systems, as provided for by the General Assembly?
Explanation of above:
This amendment is the same as Amendment 2 except it applies to local governments’ post-employment benefits (instead of the state government’s post-employment benefits).
The following Local Question is a Non-binding Advisory Referendum and will be placed on the ballot for only those who live within the incorporated town limits of the Town of Central:
1. Would you be willing to contribute $5 a month for 24 months, to fund the Town of Central’s Recreation Complex, collected by the Town on the water bills?
Yes I would be willing to contribute $5 a month for 24 months.
No I would not be willing to contribute $5 a month for 24 months.
The following precincts and polling places will be involved in this election: