FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COLUMBIA, S.C. (November 19, 2007) - To help ensure the upcoming presidential primaries run as efficiently as possible, the S.C. Election Commission wants to remind everyone of upcoming voter registration deadlines and urge those already registered to update their registration information.
Those who wish to vote in the Republican primary must register or update their information no later than Dec. 19. Those who wish to vote in the Democratic primary must register or update their information no later than Dec. 26.
S.C. Election Commission Executive Director Marci Andino said voters can help ensure a smoother voting process for themselves- and other voters- by making sure their registration information is up to date and correct before these specific deadlines.
"Having accurate records helps ensure all South Carolina voters cast ballots at the appropriate locations," Andino said. "If a voter updates his registration information, he can reduce the potential for delays when he signs in on Election Day-and that could have a significant impact on wait time for all voters."
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Columbia, SC (November 8, 2007) - A mass mailing from a private, national group, delivered this week to mailboxes across South Carolina, is causing some confusion with those who receive it.
The mailing is from the "Voter Participation Center" in Boston, MA, and is sent in care of "Women's Voices. Women Vote." The mailing reads in bold print, "Voter registration laws require you to submit the attached application," and "To comply with legal requirements, please return the enclosed application." The mailing includes a generic, national voter registration form and a postage-paid return envelope addressed to the State Election Commission.
While it seems that the purpose of the mailing is to urge recepients to register to vote before upcoming deadlines, the above statements are very misleading and have confused some voters.
Here are the facts:
If you are already registered to vote, and the information on your voter registration card is still accurate; you are not required to do anything.
November 6, 2007 - Aiken, Edgefield, McCormick, & Saluda Counties
|Shane Massey, Republican WINNER||2,882||2,619||1,235||416||7,152||50.47%|
|William Bill Clyburn, Democratic||3,141||2,184||1,068||621||7,014||49.49%|
*Original results required a recount. Recount was certified on November 16, 2007.
You may vote in only ONE party's Presidential Primary.
Republican Presidential Primary - January 19, 2008
Democratic Presidential Primary - January 26, 2008
October 30, 2007 - Charleston & Dorchester Counties
|Heyward Hutson WINNER||17||1,375||1,392||55.4%|
October 16, 2007 - Charleston & Dorchester Counties
|Jenny Horne RUNOFF||13||595||608||25.5%|
|Heyward Hutson RUNOFF||7||991||998||41.8%|
|Sherry Shealy Martschink||13||315||328||13.7%|
October 2, 2007 - Aiken, Edgefield, McCormick, & Saluda Counties
Approximately 400,000 voter registration confirmation postcards have been sent to those voters whose voter registrations appear to have become inactive. Any registered voter who has not voted in any election since the November 2002 General Election has been sent one of these confirmation postcards. The purpose of the mailing is to help maintain the state voter registration list by keeping it accurate and up-to-date. This confirmation mailing is required by the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.
Those voters who receive the postcard should respond using the postage paid postcard included in the mailing. The voter may choose three responses: