Primary ballot questions hit on hot button issues

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Voters in Tuesday's South Carolina primaries will choose party candidates for Lt. Governor and U.S. Senator, among other offices.

Voters will also be asked to give their opinions on some hotly-debated issues.

The Republican primary ballot will have two advisory questions, one of them about an abortion-related issue:

"Should Article I, Section 3 of the South Carolina Constitution be amended to include the following language? The privileges and immunities of citizens in South Carolina and the United States shall not be abridged, so that no person shall be deprived of life without due process of law, nor shall any person be denied the equal protection of the laws. These rights shall extend to both born and pre-born persons beginning at conception."

The second GOP question asks about the state income tax:

"Should South Carolina Law be amended to replace the state income tax imposed on individuals, estates, trusts, and others by reducing the rate of taxation by 1.4 percent each year until the state income tax rate for all brackets is zero percent?"

Both questions are big topics of discussion among Republicans.

"Sometimes, if it's hot button issues, it's to get people to go to the polls and vote in the primary, because typically we have terrible turnouts and the expectations for tomorrow are very low, so that's what they're going to do," said Horry County Republican chairman Robert Rabon.

Two questions on the Democratic ballot deal with gambling:

"Do you believe each state - not Congress- should decide for itself whether to allow online gaming and determine how to regulate online gaming in their state?"

"The South Carolina Department of Transportation estimates more than $20 billion is required to fix South Carolina's crumbling roads and bridges. Should gaming laws be modernized to fund the repairs instead of a tax increase?"

The final Democratic question is about medical marijuana:

"Should medical marijuana be legalized for use in cases of severe, chronic illnesses when documented by a physician?"

Primaries are usually low-turnout events, but Rabon hopes this one will be different.

"If you don't vote, don't complain."

The advisory questions are non-binding, which means they're essentially polls of what voters who are casting ballots for that party think about those issues.

For a full list of the races and the election results as they're posted visit our 2014 Primary Elections page.