Amendment to have popular vote on flag fails
CHARLESTON, S.C. - An amendment that would have let voters decide on whether to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina Capitol has been defeated.
The amendment saw the most debate of Wednesday's session before it was set aside on a 71-48 vote. The popular vote would have been non-binding, meaning legislators wouldn't have to heed to it.
Opponents of the idea said it was illegal in South Carolina and also unnecessary since voters sent their representatives to the Statehouse to vote on their behalf.
Supporters of the amendment said the people did not get a voice on the issue because the bill was not sent through a committee where public hearings could have been held. Several of them pointed out their emails, phone calls and letters have been heavily in support of the flag.
"I think it is difficult to deny the people a voice when they want one," said Republican Rep. Christopher Corley.