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434-C Bat Bling Jonathon D. Hi Club, SC 29201 ‘isrit No. f= Anderon County 1031 Dovble springs Rend ‘Townville, SC 29689 Tel eas) 212-4019 Call (854) 245-5885 jvasehouse gov Commute: Medial, Military, Public and Manipal Aes, 2° VC ‘uate of Gout Earotina 4p3p2013 President ofthe Senate Harvey Peeler Cc: Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey CC: Senate Minority Leader Nikki Setzer (Cc: Senate Judiclary Chairman Luke Rankin CC: Speaker ofthe House Jay Lucas CC: House Majority Leader Gary Siri CC: House Minority Leader Tadd Rutherford (CC: House Judiciary Chairman Peter McCoy Tothe presiding officers and leaders ofthe South Carolina Senate and House: Ris clearly stated in Article V, Section 13 ofthe South Carolina Constution that elections for ‘iru judges are to be done in public, stating that "the vote ofeach member ofthe General Assembly resent and voting shal e recorded" ‘As you are aware, the custom ofthe General Assembly, enabled by statute, hasbeen to collect ‘commitments for each judicial candidate beginning at noon on “commitment Tuesday.” Then, sometime ‘before the judicial election date, the candidates who do not receive enough commitments vl be ‘expected and encouraged to drop out ofthe race. When they do, allows the one remaining candidate tobe elected “by acclamation” by a vole vote. This practice violates the intent of Article V, Section 13 of the South Carolina Constitution by replacing public judicial election votes with a commitment process that is hidden from publi view, For this reason, be advised that unt judicial eandiates are no longer expected and encouraged 1 drop out of races so that they are uncontested, wll demand a roll call yote on the nomination by accamation. ‘The election of judges, who are the very guardians of justice and due process of the citizens of South Carolina, is one ofthe most solemn duties ofthe General Assembly entrusted tous inthe Constitution. t behooves us, forthe sake of justice and publi rst, to promote transparency and abide bythe spirit ofthe Constitution inthis regard, rather than inventing clever ways to circumvent it. (over) TB Lhywer € bn "7