Medical marijuana, Trump tax: Election questions differ on ballots for Dems, Repubs

Medical marijuana. Mail Tribune / Bob Pennell

At the June 12 primary elections, voters statewide were asked two advisory questions at the bottom of the ballot.

The questions weren’t the same for both parties.

Those choosing a Democrat ballot were asked if they support passing a state law allowing doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to patients.

A second question asked if they support expanding Medicaid using federal dollars.

Those choosing a Republican ballot were asked whether they thought voters should have to declare a political party when they register to vote.

The second question asked if South Carolina should align its tax code with President Trump’s tax cuts, thereby lowering its taxes overall.

Questions were chosen by the state Republican and Democratic parties in their respective ballots.

The votes are non-binding, so they won’t become law. Rather, the advisory questions simply aim to gauge how voters feel about those issues.

“This allows the party to get information about how their voters and supporters feel,” said Brady Quirk-Garvan, chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party. “These are two big issues that are being talked about a lot in Democratic circles.”

“We believe that both of these issues will be brought up in the next Session in Columbia," he adds.

The full questions are below, provided by

Democrat ballot questions:

  • Do you support passing a state law allowing doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to patients?
  • Do you support passing a state law requiring the governor of South Carolina to accept all federal revenues offered to support Medicaid and Medicaid expansion efforts in the state?

Republican ballot questions:

  • Do you believe that voters should have the option to choose to affiliate with a political party when they register to vote or change their voter registration in South Carolina?
  • Do you believe that South Carolina's tax code should be brought into conformity with the new Trump tax cuts in the federal tax code for maximum simplification and to lower the overall tax burden on South Carolina taxpayers and businesses?
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