Make a Difference

May skirt community: Exercise your right to vote

Cue the patriotic music: One of the most effective ways that each of us can make a difference is to participate in our democracy and vote. The deadline to register to vote for the June primaries is this month. Make sure you’re registered. Have you moved recently? Make sure you know where your precinct is and educate yourself about the candidates on the ballot.

In Charleston, the big primary races in June are for U.S. House District 1, currently held by Mark Sanford, and for governor. Other statewide primary races include attorney general and secretary of state.

Across the country, the 2018 election cycle is being dubbed the “Year of the Woman” because of the increase in the number of women running for seats in the U.S. House and U.S. Senate. It’s a reference to 1992 when more women than ever were elected to Congress. Nearly 60 percent more women are running for the House and Senate this year compared with two years ago, according to Politico. In South Carolina, two women – one Democrat and one Republican – are among the candidates vying for Sanford’s House seat. And two women – one Democrat and one Republican  – are among a crowded field running for governor.

Dates to Know:

May 4: The League of Women Voters of the Charleston area will host a voter registration drive at the U.S. Post Office at 579 Folly Rd. For information about how to vote, visit the League’s Vote411.org website.

May 11: Deadline to register in person. You can register at any branch of the S.C. Department of Public Safety Division of Motor Vehicles.

May 13: Deadline to register online at scvotes.org or the S.C. Election Commission website.

May 14: Deadline for mailed registration applications to be postmarked. Send registration forms to P.O. Box 71419, North Charleston, SC 29415. Applications are available at Charleston County library branches, city halls and post offices.

June 12: Primary voting day

Oct. 6: Deadline to register to vote in general election

Nov. 6: Elections