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SC Statewide June Primaries Flyer

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The SC Election Commission is in need of poll managers for the upcoming June 9 primaries. Poll managers are especially needed in the following counties:

  • Anderson
  • Beaufort
  • Charleston
  • Greenville
  • Kershaw
  • Lancaster
  • Laurens
  • Lee
  • Oconee
  • Pickens
  • Richland
  • York

Poll managers are paid at least $165 and will also receive special Covid-19 training on applying social distancing and maintaining sanitary conditions in the polling place. Training will be provided online when possible and small-group, socially-distanced training when necessary. 

  • Election officials will provide:
    • Masks, face shields and gloves for poll managers.
    • Sneeze guards for check-in stations.
    • Sanitizing wipes for cleaning common surfaces.
    • Hand sanitizer for voters and poll managers.
    • Cotton swabs for making selections on the touchscreen.
  • Check-in stations and voting equipment will be spaced at least six feet apart.

 If you are a registered voter, consider applying to be a poll manager today. South Carolina needs you. Learn more about becoming a poll manager and apply at scVOTES.org

 

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Register to Vote

  • You can register to vote (and encourage others to register to vote) online or by mail. Visit the South Carolina Election Commission's website here.
  • Registered voters can find their precinct, polling place and voting districts here.
  • Be aware that every seat in the South Carolina General Assembly (House of Representatives and Senate) is up for election in 2020.
  • The primaries for South Carolina’s federal, state, county and municipal elections will be held on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 with run-off elections scheduled for Tuesday, June 23, 2020.  
  • The General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. 
  • A list of all upcoming elections and candidates that have filed for office can be found here.

Voter registration in South Carolina is handled by the South Carolina Election Commission.

History

The Voting Rights Act of 1965, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson, aimed to overcome legal barriers at the state and local levels that prevented African Americans from exercising their right to vote as guaranteed under the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The Voting Rights Act is considered one of the most far-reaching pieces of civil rights legislation in U.S. history.

Source: The History Channel

The Commission's Role

Per  SECTION 1-31-40 of the Commission's statute, the Commission will "provide the minority community with assistance and information on Voting Rights Act submissions in the State, as well as other related areas of concern to the minority community;"

New Voting Machines

The paper-based ExpressVote Universal Voting System uses touch-screen technology that produces a paper record for tabulation. As a marker, the ExpressVote handles the entire marking process, eliminating marginal marks and the need for interpretation of the voter’s mark. This video explains how to use the machine.

Picture of the Express Vote Voting Machine

Source: Election Systems and Software

Voters Find Easy Transition to New Paper-Based Voting System

Be a Poll Manager

The South Carolina Election Commission is seeking additional poll managers for upcoming #elections. If you’re interested in serving your community, visit NoExcuseSC.com for more information.