Abortion, gaming, marijuana among ballot questions

By Ben Robinson, Courier Staff

COUNTY — Voters will get a chance to weigh in on the issues of abortion, medical marijuana and gambling, among others, during the upcoming June 10 primary elections.

There will be a handful of advisory questions on the ballots for the primaries, asking voters for their opinions on issues that could be debated during the upcoming legislative session.

Two questions will appear on the Republican primary ballot, while the Democratic ballot will feature three questions.

The first question on the Republican ballot involves the issue of abortion, asking voters if the state constitution should be amended to include the following language: “The privileges and immunities of citizens of South Carolina and the United States shall not be abridged, so that no person shall be deprived of life without due process of law, nor shall any person be denied the equal protection of the laws. These rights shall extend to both born and pre-born persons beginning at conception.”

The second question on the Republican ballot involves the eventual elimination of state income tax. Voters will be asked if state law should be amended to replace the state income tax, tax imposed on individual estates, trusts and others by resetting the rate of taxation by 1.4 percent each year until the state income tax rate for all brackets is zero percent.

The first of three questions on the Democratic ballot involves the legalization of online gambling. It will ask voters if they believe states — not Congress — should decide for themselves whether to allow online gaming and determine how to regulate online gaming in their state?

The second question is related to gambling, transportation and taxes. The official text for the question reads, “The South Carolina Department of Transportation estimates more than $20 billion is required to fix South Carolina’s crumbling roads and bridges. Should gaming laws be modernized to fund the repairs instead of a tax increase?”

The third question on the Democratic ballot involves the legal use of marijuana as a medicine, asking voters if medical marijuana should be legalized “for use in cases of severe, chronic illnesses when documented by a physician?”