South Carolina voting issues
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Things you can do:
- 1 Election and registration information
- 2 Governmental election authorities
- 3 State and local non-governmental election organizations
- 4 Election threats
- 5 Articles and resources
Election and registration information
- Polling places are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. Anyone in line at 7:00 p.m. will be allowed to vote.
Voter ID requirements
You must have one of the following items to vote on Election Day:
- Voter Registration Card (See note)
- Driver's License
- DMV-issued ID Card
- Note: If you registered to vote by mail, are voting for the first time, and did not submit proof of ID with your application; you may not vote with only your voter registration card. Additional ID, such as a driver's license, will be required.
For the 2008 election South Carolina used the following voting machines. For a county-by-county list of the specific machines (and the source for this section) see Verified Voting's Verifier tool.
- Main article: Voting machines
Direct-Recording Electronic (DRE) machines with a paper trail:
- Election Systems & Software's iVotronic voting machine
- State Election commission Website: http://www.scvotes.org/
- State Election Commission
- 2221 Devine Street, Suite 105
- Columbia, SC 29205
- State Election Commission
- P.O. Box 5987
- Columbia, SC 29250-5987
- Main: (803) 734-9060
- Fax: (803) 734-9366
- E-mail: [mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com]
State and local non-governmental election organizations
League of Women Voters
LWV of South Carolina, Barbara Zia, President
- P.O. Box 8453
- Columbia, SC 29202
- Phone: 803-251-2726
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Aiken County MAL Unit
- Charleston Area
- Clemson Area
- Darlington County MAL Unit
- Florence Area
- Georgetown County
- Greenville County
- Hilton Head Island
- Horry County MAL Unit
- Spartanburg County
- Sumter County
- The Bluffton Area
Felon voting rights
Quoting from an October, 2008 report on "de facto disenfranchisement" (summary)(download PDF) co-published by the Brennan Center for Justice and the ACLU:
"South Carolina is one of the few states that do disenfranchise individuals with misdemeanor convictions, but only while they are incarcerated. The law also bars anyone with a misdemeanor specifically related to election fraud from voting until full completion of sentence. Interviews of election officials in 2008 found that 61% of officials did not understand the state’s law on misdemeanors, with several officials incorrectly stating that individuals could vote while incarcerated for a misdemeanor conviction."
See also "felon disenfranchisement" issue page
Articles and resources
- The main page on election protection and reform organizations.
- All articles in the Election Protection Wiki project.
- For election day: Things citizens can do to monitor elections and If you are told you cannot vote.
- ↑ Erika Wood and Rachel Bloom,De Facto Disenfranchisement, Brennan Center for Justice and American Civil Liberties Union, October 21, 2008.
- GoVote.org locates your polling place and other voting information.
- Google map polling locations locates most polling location, may be missing or out of date.
Election Protection hotlines
- 866-OUR-VOTE (National Election Protection Hotline)
- 888-VE-Y-VOTA (Español)
- 800-966-5946 (AALDEF, Asian languages)
- 866-MYVOTE1 (Tom Joyner Hotline - VoterAction, NAACP National Voter Fund)
- 877-523-2792 (ACLU Voting Rights Project Hotline)
- 877-US4-OBAMA (Obama campaign Voter Hotline)
- 866-976-VOTE (McCain campaign Honest and Open Election hotline - leave a message)
- 877-GOCNN08 (CNN Voter Problem Tipline)
- 888-VOTE-TIP (VelvetRevolution Election Protection Hotline for fraud)
- 567-258-VOTE (Twitter Vote Report key in report or leave audio message)
- Vote411.org from the League of Women Voters provides all kinds of information to help you vote.
- ACLU's "Know Your Voting Rights - State by State" -- printable brochures summarizing your voting rights, for most states.
- One-page know your rights summaries for 27 states from the AFL-CIO.
- Click here to see the voter ID requirements in all states. From the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Election officials, election reform groups, and elected officials
- Why Tuesday? offers a page for South Carolina that helps locate South Carolina's elections officials, election reform groups, and elected officials, as well as a page titled Find a group in your area that lets you find similar information for other states.
- Click here to request an absentee ballot. Go Vote Absentee is a project of the Women Donors Network.
- Information for voters with disabilities from NDRN.
Student voting rights
- See South Carolina Student Voting Rights for a guide to student voting rights in South Carolina. See Student Voting Rights for a guide to other states. From the Brennan Center for Justice.
- See how organizations you trust recommend you vote on ballot measures and other statewide contests at TransparentDemocracy.
- Help in other languages from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. 中文, 日本語, 한국어, Tagalog, Tiếng Việt, Español
- Verified Voting's South Carolina page, which provides detailed information on voting equipment in use in every county in South Carolina.
- Election Law @ Moritz's South Carolina page, which provides detailed information on election law developments in South Carolina. See map page to see the information for election developments in any given state.
- Election Law @ Moritz's South Carolina general information page, which provides information on South Carolina election authorities, post-election processes, and other topics. See map page to see this information for any given state.