- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The chairmen of South Carolina’s Republican and Democratic parties are urging voters to support a proposed change to the way the state’s top military officer is selected.

Republican Chairman Matt Moore and Democratic Chairman Jaime Harrison appeared together at a news conference Tuesday. They spoke in favor of an amendment that would alter the state constitution to change the adjutant general from being chosen by the voters to an appointment by the governor.

If voters approve the measure, 2014 will be the last time voters choose who leads the state’s military.

South Carolina is the only state where voters elect the adjutant general, and nothing requires candidates to have military experience. The office oversees the state’s Army National Guard, Air National Guard, State Guard and the state’s Emergency Management Division.

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