When you go out to vote on November 2, you’ll see Amendment #2. Attorney General Henry McMaster urges voters to vote “Yes.”
This is the one that will say that anybody voting in a union, or whether to unionize or not in South Carolina, is entitled by the Constitution to a secret ballot. That’s because in the Congress, the Unions are trying to get a law passed about union organizing that would say they could have a union election just by checking a card and just handing it up, but, of course, that takes away the secrecy of the ballot.
McMaster is the chairman of Secret Ballot South Carolina, a coalition of elected officials and organizations from across the state urging voters to vote for Amendment 2 on the ballot. However, the issue is split, so to speak, down party lines. The South Carolina Democratic Party opposes the proposed amendment. The State newspaper reports state Democrats saying secret ballots are “a method favored by employers.”
McMaster, however, stands on the other side, explaining the importance of voter support.
A lot of us think that the secrecy of a ballot is very important no matter what kind of context it is in, especially something like a union election. So, if we amend the South Carolina Constitution, that would protect us against a federal law that might be passed that would make it possible to vote just by checking a card. We want to have a ballot here for everybody, no matter who they are, including union employees.
McMaster says the right of individuals to vote by secret ballot is fundamental and needs to be protected.
Anything that intimidates or threatens or takes away that secret ballot, or free and voluntarily cast secret ballot is bad, and that’s why we are fighting it here in South Carolina. That will be Amendment 2, and what we want everybody to do is vote “Yes.” I’m working on it, there are others working on it.
McMaster says Senator Lindsey Graham, Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler, Secretary of Commerce Joe Taylor, the National Federation of Independent Businesses of South Carolina, the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, and the Carolina’s AGC are all in support of the amendment.
The South Carolina Radio Network is waiting for comment from the South Carolina Democratic Party.