2008 South Carolina elections

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In addition to federal elections for President, Senate, and the House of Representatives, South Carolina held state elections on Tuesday, November 4, 2008. Voters elected state senators, state representatives, solicitors and local officers, and voted in three statewide constitutional referendums.

South Carolina Senate[edit]

Republicans maintained their majority in the State Senate, keeping their majority of eight seats.

South Carolina House of Representatives[edit]

Republicans maintained their majority in the State House, decreasing their majority from 22 seats to 20 seats.

Constitutional Referendums[edit]

Voters voted on Amendment 1, which amended Section 33 of Article III of the South Carolina constitution to delete a provision that set the age of consent for sexual activity for unmarried women at 14. This amendment allowed the state legislature to set the age of consent by statute. The proposed amendment passed.

Amendment 1
Choice Votes %
Referendum passed Yes 906,545 52.40
No 823,599 47.60
Total votes 1,730,144 100.00
Registered voters and turnout 2,553,923 67.74
Source: - Official Results

Amendment 2 would have changed section 16 of Article X of the state constitution to allow state trust funds for post-retirement benefits of public school teachers and state employees to be invested in equity securities. The amendment failed.

Amendment 2
Choice Votes %
Referendum failed No 1,011,381 58.15
Yes 727,918 41.85
Total votes 1,739,299 100.00
Registered voters and turnout 2,553,923 68.10
Source: - Official Results

Amendment 3 would have amended section 16 of the Article X of the state constitution to allow local employee benefit trust funds to be invested in equity securities. The amendment failed.

Amendment 3
Choice Votes %
Referendum failed No 968,853 56.42
Yes 748,232 43.58
Total votes 1,717,085 100.00
Registered voters and turnout 2,553,923 67.23
Source: - Official Results

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