SC voters OK right to secret ballot in union votes

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina voters say residents should have a constitutional right to hunt and fish and to vote with a secret ballot in union elections.

The questions on ballots won overwhelmingly Tuesday.

Proponents argued the hunting amendment is needed in case gun control supporters eventually try to restrict the sports and a secret ballot is a fundamental individual right in deciding whether workers are represented by a labor union.

The measure is an attempt to pre-empt stalled federal "card check" legislation that would make it easier for workers to unionize through a signature drive.

Two other ballot questions deal with budget reserve funds.

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