We’ve got spirit, yes we do! The best way to show your civic spirit is to make your voice heard and vote.
On Nov. 6, South Carolina voters will choose members of Congress, governor and cabinet officials, as well as members of the State House of Representatives. Numerous offices in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties also will be decided, including county councils and other offices, municipal councils and school boards.
“In 2014, the last midterm election, a dismal 34.8 percent of eligible South Carolina voters cast ballots,” according to Barbara Zia, League of Women Voters of the Charleston Area’s citizen education director. “We are committed to turning on and turning out large numbers of informed voters in 2018.”
The deadline to register to vote in person at your county registration office is Oct. 5, but you can still register to vote in person, by mail or online through Oct. 17. The deadline was extended because of flooding in parts of the state from Hurricane Florence. Learn more at scvotes.org.
Visit Vote411.org to read the League of Women Voters voter guide. The League gathers responses to policy questions from all candidates. You’ll also find information about offices on the ballot, candidates’ biographical information and ballot questions. Voters can compare candidates’ positions and develop their individual sample ballots.
Watch and Attend
Attend a series of candidate forums hosted by the League of Women Voters. The U.S. House District 1 debate will be televised on WCSC Live 5 News at 7 p.m. Oct. 9. The League also is sponsoring other forums for Charleston County school board, South Carolina House Districts and Charleston County Council District 9. Visit lwvcharleston.org for dates and times of all the forums.
Get out the Vote
League of Women Voters services director Joan Zaleski encourages voters to take four steps to help get out the vote:
1) Use VOTE411.org to learn about who is on your ballot.
2) Reach out to two friends or family members every day, either through email, phone call, mail, Twitter, Facebook, or just talking, the week before the election to remind them to vote.
3) Make a plan to vote yourself and bring a friend or family member with you to the polls.
4) Use an absentee ballot for yourself or a family member, if necessary. Vote411.org offers instructions for how to get one.
Vote Nov. 6.