October 22, 2014

Voters decide Gov. and Lt. Gov. on same ticket starting in 2018

Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell

South Carolina voters on Tuesday gave their approval for a constitutional change that would require candidates for governor and lieutenant governor to both run on the same ticket.

Voters approved the change, with 56 percent voting in favor, while 44 percent were opposed.

Legislators still have to ratify the amendment, which would take effect in time for the 2018 election. That means Governor Nikki Haley, who supported the measure, will still run on a solo ticket if she runs for reelection in 2014.

Approval also means the lieutenant governor will no longer also have a legislative role in presiding over the state senate. The body will instead elect a Senate President pro tempore to control debate in the chamber. The current President pro tempore is Sen. John Courson (R-Columbia).