November 7, 2013 Commission Meeting Agenda

The November 5, 2013 Municipal Elections Certification and Provisional Ballot Hearing will be conducted by the Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission acting as the Pickens County Board of Canvassers on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 9:00am in the Auditorium (County Council Chambers) inside the Pickens County Administration Facility.  Immediately following the Hearing, the Commission will conduct is normal monthly meeting.

The following items are on the agenda:

I. Welcome and Call to Order by Chairperson Gretchen Campbell

II. Invocation by Commissioner Herb Thompson

III. Approval of Minutes – October 8, 2013 Commission Meeting

IV. Public Comment

This is an opportunity for citizens to come before the Commission with various issues. Citizens who wish to speak during the public comment period do not have to register or signup in advance. Each person is limited to 5-minutes of speaking time. Maximum total public comment time is 20 minutes.

V. Election Certification and Provisional Ballot Hearing

a. Oath of Board of Canvassers

b. Provisional Ballot Hearing

c. Election Certification

d. Order of Recounts and/or Runoff Elections as Necessary

e. Adjourn Board of Canvassers and Reconvene as Pickens County Registration & Elections Commission

VI. Regular Monthly Commission Meeting

a. Director’s Report

1. IRS classification of Employees for election workers, including Election and Voter Registration Commissioners, Poll Managers, Poll Clerks, and Rovers (Polling Location Technicians).

b. Motion period for old and new business

1. Discuss and consider drafting a letter to the Pickens County Legislative Delegation requesting that they consider drafting legislation that would exempt County Election and Voter Registration Commissioners, Poll Managers, Poll Clerks, and Rovers (Polling Location Technicians) from being required to pay into the SC State Retirement System (SCRS) a percentage of their election worker stipend.  Currently, if they are already participants in the SCRS, they have to contribute 7.5% of their election worker stipends to the SCRS even though their pension may already be set.

2.  Discuss and consider drafting a letter to the Pickens County Legislative Delegation requesting that they consider drafting legislation that would combine all County Voter Registration Boards and County Election Commissions in each county statewide into County Registration & Elections Commissions under one uniform state law instead of individual local legislations.  The combining legislation should preserve the local Legislative Delegation’s authority to appoint their County’s Registration & Elections Commissioners through the Governor’s Office.  It should also preserve the County Registration & Elections Commissioners’ authority to appoint and supervise their agencies’ Executive Director, which serves at their pleasure.  Each County Registration & Elections Commission’s Executive Director should have the authority to hire/appoint and supervise their subordinate staff necessary to carry out their agencies’ functions.

3.  Consider plans for annual Commission Christmas lunch/dinner.

VII. Adjourn

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