South Carolina Constitution

The current South Carolina Constitution was adopted by a Constitutional Convention on December 4, 1895.  It was ratified by vote of the People on December 4, 1895.  It became effective on January 1, 1896.  The Constitution of the State of South Carolina consists of 17 Articles.  It describes the structure and function of the state’s government.

The two paths to amend the South Carolina Constitution are:

  • legislatively-referred constitutional amendments, and
  • constitutional conventions.

Full Text of South Carolina Constitution


Inside South Carolina Constitution