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      SC voters to decide if governor picks top soldier

      By SUSANNE M. SCHAFERAssociated Press

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina voters are going to decide in November whether the state remains the only one to elect its top military officer by popular vote.

      Gov. Nikki Haley signed legislation Tuesday laying out the qualifications needed to fill the post of adjutant general, if voters approve the idea that the governor may appoint someone to the job.

      Last month, the House and Senate agreed on a measure that put the constitutional question on the ballot. If voters approve, the governor will appoint the adjutant general beginning in 2019.

      The adjutant general oversees the South Carolina Army National Guard, Air National Guard, State Guard and the state's Emergency Management Division.

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