Contributed by the State Election Commission Beginning January 1, the South Carolina State Election Commission (SEC) will be celebrating 50 years of ensuring every eligible citizen has the opportunity to register to vote, participate in fair and impartial elections, and the assurance their votes will count. That commitment began on January 1, 1969, when the SEC was formed by the General Assembly as an independent state agency charged with overseeing South Carolina’s elections. After 25 general elections and more than 12,000 other state and local elections, the SEC is celebrating its rich history of service and the importance of having elections run by nonpartisan election professionals. Prior to 1969, the Secretary of State oversaw state elections. The General Assembly created the S.C. State Election Commission as an independent state agency to remove control of the state’s elections from a partisan, elected official. South Carolina is unique in that regard with … [Read more...] about State Election Commission Celebrates 50 Years
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Postcards are being mailed to South Carolina residents who are most likely eligible to vote but have not yet registered. These postcards are being sent today to approximately 950,000 South Carolina residents, encouraging them to register by October 17 so they can vote in the 2018 General Election. The mailing was planned as part of South Carolina’s recent membership in the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC). ERIC is an organization operated by member states which uses motor vehicle, voter registration, and Social Security Administration data to improve the accuracy of voter registration lists. To join, member states are required to reach out by mail to residents who are likely eligible but not registered letting them know how and when to register to vote. “While the mailing was already planned, the timing was fortunate in that it allows us to directly notify unregistered citizens that the voter registration deadline has been extended to October … [Read more...] about South Carolina State Election Commission Mails to Unregistered Citizens, Urges Them to Register by October 17
By Barney Blakeney For the past several months the S.C. Democratic Party regularly has spotlighted members serving in the state legislature. Across the state there are African American members of the legislature unknown to many constituents. Here we share some of those spotlighted members. Rep John R. King is chairman of the 39-member S.C. Legislative Black Caucus which consists of 26 members of the House of Representatives and 13 members of the Senate. King represents House Dist. 49, York County. A graduate of Morehouse College and Charlotte School of Law, King is funeral director at Christopher King’s Funeral Home. Having served on both the Chester City and Chester County councils, King was elected to the House in 2009. He currently serves on the Ethics and Judiciary Committees. Rep. Jerry Govan, House Dist. 95, of Orangeburg is chairman-elect of the SCLBC and has served in the House since his election in 1992. A U.S. armed forces veteran, Govan graduated from the U.S. Marine … [Read more...] about SOUTH CAROLINA POLITICS: Spotlights On Legislators You May Know
Tim Smith Greenville News Published 1:47 p.m. UTC Jun 14, 2018 COLUMBIA, S.C. — Tuesday's South Carolina primary results reflected the strong support here for President Donald Trump, whose endorsements and name played a role in at least three races, political experts said. Gov. Henry McMaster, who Trump endorsed, collected 42 percent of the vote and is headed for a runoff, while U.S. Rep. Mark Sanford, whom Trump opposed, was defeated by state Rep. Katie Arrington in the Republican race for the 1st congressional district. And in the 4th district GOP contest, third-party ads attacked state Sen. William Timmons and state Rep. Dan Hamilton, both of Greenville, for once saying critical things about Trump. Hamilton missed the cut for a runoff in the race and Timmons placed second to former state Sen. Lee Bright. "I think President Trump's support did have some impact on yesterday's primaries," said Robert Oldendick, a University of South Carolina political … [Read more...] about How much did the ‘Trump Effect’ influence South Carolina primary races?
COLUMBIA — In a sign of the Upstate's importance to winning the governor's race, Catherine Templeton, the Republican challenger giving Gov. Henry McMaster the most trouble, will name Greenville solicitor Walt Wilkins as her running mate Tuesday.The pick allows Templeton, a Mount Pleasant attorney, to add a respected prosecutor from the region where a bulk of the state's Republicans live.Her move mimics McMaster, a Columbia native who also chose an Upstate running mate, Travelers Rest businesswoman Pamela Evette.Templeton, running in her first race, has kept pace in fundraising with McMaster, a former attorney general and lieutenant governor. She also is getting a boost from third-party television ads backing her campaign. McMaster is counting on his endorsement from President Donald Trump, a popular figure in the state, while Templeton has played up her ties to former Gov. Nikki Haley, who appointed her director of the state's public health and labor … [Read more...] about Greenville prosecutor will join South Carolina governor ticket