Friday, October 19, 2012
S.C. Democratic Party 'Commit to Vote' flier originally listed two forms of identification only accepted for registering to vote.
A flier circulated by the S.C. Democratic Party in Dorchester County asks voters to "Commit to Vote." But it also originally offered incorrect information on voter identification. The SCDP sent Patch the following clarification: "A few dozen voters in Dorchester County received Commit to Vote cards with information that stated you could use a cell phone, utility bill or student ID to vote. Those forms of ID can only be used by those who registered by mail and didn't include a copy of their identification. Everyone who received these cards has or will be notified of the error. The South Carolina Democratic Party hopes everyone will go to the polls on November 6 and it's important to know the Voter ID law hasn't been enacted for this …
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Online voter registration system enacted in the state.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Press Release by S.C. State Election Commission You can now register to vote online in the Palmetto state. The S.C. State Election Commission has announced the launch of one of the nation’s first paperless online voter registration systems, greatly simplifying the registration process and encouraging more citizens to participate in elections. “South Carolina has made important improvements to our registration and elections process in the last decade, and we are proud to announce one of the single most important changes to the process is now a reality,” Commission Executive Director Marci Andino said. “There’s no waiting in line, no forms to print out, nothing to mail in. Any eligible person can register in just minutes.” Citizens must …
Friday, July 27, 2012
A May S.C. Supreme Court decision to uphold S.C. election law caused hundreds of non-incumbents to be purged from the ballot as voters seek to give incumbents the boot.
The Nov. 6 ballot could prove confusing to some South Carolina voters. Considering that political experts have called this election year "unprecedented" and "unusual" that might not come as a surprise. Even though neither Mitt Romney nor Barack Obama is expected to set foot in the Palmetto State to campaign, the ballot confusion could have significant ramifications for voters. The most heated election battles in South Carolina are in the primary, where gerrymandered districts decide which nominee to send to the general election against little or no competition. But this year, many incumbents dodged the primary challenge when hundreds of non-incumbent candidates were purged from the ballot. Even some non-incumbents who won the primary could…
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
S.C. Senate District 23 candidate Katrina Shealy turned in signatures to the election commission Wednesday in an effort to get on the November ballot as a petition candidate.
Katrina Shealy hopes to be back on the campaign trail soon for the S.C. Senate District 23 seat. Shealy turned in 3,223 signatures to the state election commission Wednesday in an effort to get her name on the November ballot as a petition candidate after being booted off the Republican primary ballot in June. Election commission officials still have to verify that all of the signatures are from registered voters who live in District 23. Shealy needs at least 2,664 certified signatures to secure her spot on the ballot. Shealy will face Republican incumbent Sen. Jake Knotts if she gets a spot on the ballot. No Democrat is running. "Despite the South Carolina Republican Party's unanimous vote to have the state place by name back on the …
Thursday, May 17, 2012
State Election Commission says it has no authority to add Shealy to June 12 party primary ballot.
The S.C. Election Commission said today it has no authority to put Katrina Shealy on the June 12 GOP primary ballot, which would force her to seek a slot on the general election ballot as a petition candidate. The determination comes after Shealy, of Lexington, had successfully persuaded the SCGOP executive committee on Wednesday night to recommend she be added back on the party ballot to challenge incumbent Sen. Jake Knotts for the Republican nomination for the Senate District 23 seat. Shealy was one of 180 candidates statewide who was booted off the ballot earlier this month following a state Supreme Court ruling that has thrown the state's party primaries into chaos. The election commission said that the court's May 2 ruling prevented …
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Absentee voting underway.
Unregistered voters wanting to vote during the Jan. 21 Republican presidential preference primary must register by Wednesday, according to the state Election Commission. If mailing in registration (applications here) make sure they are postmarked by Wednesday, Dec. 21, to join the state's 2.7 million voters before the primary. To register to vote, an S.C. voter must be at least 18 years old before the next election, a resident of South Carolina, not under court order declaring person mentally incompetent, no be confinded to a public prison resulting from a conviction of a crime, or have never been convicted of a felony. Click here to read more about restrictions. Absentee voting is currently underway and must be postmarked Jan. 17. …