The South Carolina House wants voters to decide if the Secretary of State should be a position appointed by the governor, instead of elected, as it currently is. Republican Tom Young sponsored the legislation that received key reading Thursday.
Similar constitutional amendments, supported by Governor Mark Sanford, have commonly been stopped in the state Senate.
Anderson County Republican Dan Cooper opposed the measure, and told us that it’s not an issue based purely on party lines. He says there is very good reason not to appoint the position.
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Cooper on Secretary of State
House Minority Leader Harry Ott also opposed the referendum, saying that he knows that voters want to elect their constitutional officers. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” he said.
Ott says a better idea is legislation the House already passed, which would put the Governor and Lt. Governor on the same ballot.