CCDP Newsletter: New Features Make Voting by Mail Easier

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Hundreds of people from dozens of counties across the state have used our website to start the process of voting absentee by mail in South Carolina. As of this past weekend, that process got even easier. Thanks to help and guidance from the South Carolina Democratic Party and their voter protection team, we were given the go-ahead to allow users to send their requests directly to their counties by using our system. We would like to thank them for collecting valuable input from county election offices around the state.

The original method involved providing users with a sample email to send to their county, which many users (especially those on touchscreen devices with limited copy and paste functionality) found difficult to use. Thanks to the new method, the voter’s request goes directly to the county and many have reported getting their ballot application within minutes of submitting the form. An official with the Charleston County Board of Elections emailed us to thank us for working with them to improve the system and that the latest version “has helped us look voters up quickly!” In the next 24 hours, we plan to rollout yet another update that will allow people to choose the new “state of emergency” reason for voting absentee along with other enhancements.

If you would like to help us support the voters who use our system to answer their questions and make sure they receive and return their absentee ballots, we are offering one more training this Thursday. If you attended the first training, you do not need to attend again unless you wish to do so. We will begin our outreach efforts to the voters using our system in the days ahead.

All meetings until further notice will be conducted “virtually” using Zoom. You can connect by computer or telephone. We will have regular training sessions where you can try Zoom out and get comfortable participating this way. We will continue to use MobilizeAmerica to RSVP.

THU MAY 14 8:30 AM
Virtual Coffee with ColleenBrew your own cup of joe and join the conversation by phone or video chat.Virtual Meeting (by computer or phone)Click here to RSVP >
THU MAY 14 6:00 PM
Train to Help Voters with Absentee VotingWe will be offering a virtual training for folks interested in helping the voters who use our new Vote Blue system to vote absentee by mail.Virtual Meeting (by computer or phone)Click here to RSVP >
THU MAY 14 6:00 PM
May Mix-Along Series with Kristin for Sherriff Support Kristin Graziano’s campaign to be the next sheriff of Charleston County by joining her supporters for a May Mix-Along Series. Every Thursday in the month of May, participants will receive an ingredient list for the featured cocktail and can mix their beverage along with the guest mixologist. Guests will have a chance to interact with Kristin and learn more about her vision for the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office.Virtual Meeting (by computer or phone)Click here for details >
THU MAY 14 7:30 PM
Virtual Primary Candidate Forums: SC-109East Cooper Democrats along with our friends at Peninsula Democrats are hosting forums with our S.C. House of Representatives candidates. Join us as we hear from Jeff Wilder, James Johnson, and Deon Tedder, candidates for House 109.Virtual Meeting (by computer or phone)Click here to RSVP >
MON MAY 18 6:00 PM
Virtual Primary Candidate Forums: SC-115 & SC Senate 41
The James Island Folly Beach Democrats will use their monthly meeting to host two candidate forums. Co-sponsored by the Sea Island Dems, West Ashley Dems and CCDP, be sure to tune in!Virtual Meeting (by computer or phone)Click here to RSVP >
TUE MAY 19 7:00 PM
Virtual Primary Candidate Forums: County Council 3 East Cooper Democrats along with our friends at Peninsula Democrats and CCDP are hosting a forums with our Charleston County Council candidates. Join us as we hear from Gordon Garrett, Eric Laquiere, Rob Wehrman, and Jesse Williams.Virtual Meeting (by computer or phone)Click here to RSVP >
THU MAY 21 6:30 PM
Charleston County Democrats May Meeting
We’ll go over the new initiatives the party has launched to support our candidates and discuss our plans to boost participation in our June 9 primary. Join us to be a part of our “Get Out the Vote” effort.RSVP to receive a link to join the meeting on your computer or mobile device.Virtual Meeting (by computer or phone)Click here to RSVP >
TUE MAY 26 6:30 PM
Virtual Primary Candidate Forums: SC-116
The Sea Island Democrats monthly meeting will include a Democratic candidate forum for S.C. House 116. We invite you to come and listen to your local Democratic candidates for SC House 116. Candidates will have an opportunity to address some of the issues important to the constituency they seek to serve.Virtual Meeting (by computer or phone)Click here to RSVP >
TUE MAY 26 7:00 PM
East Cooper Democrats Virtual Meeting
Join the East Cooper Democrats ONLINE via Zoom for our May meeting, where we will meet some of the candidates who have filed for the June primary election and discuss our ongoing outreach efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.Virtual Meeting (by computer or phone)Click here to RSVP >
FRI MAY 29 6:30 PM
Virtual Primary Candidate Forums: County Council 6
Come to our Democratic Primary Candidate Forum for Charleston County Council District 6 between Christan Rainey and Kylon Middleton.Virtual Meeting (by computer or phone)Click here to RSVP >

Volunteer for the Shifa Clinic in Mt. Pleasant

The Shifa Clinic located in Mount Pleasant was established by the Islamic Circle of North America Relief and is a member of the SC Free Clinic Association. Shifa Clinic provides advanced Gynecological and Primary health care to residents in the Lowcountry as well as an on-site dispensary and food pantry. Free services are available to anyone between the ages of 19 and 64, with no health insurance, and income within 250% of the Federal poverty level based on the number of people in their household. During the COVID-19 pandemic, instead of coming in-person, the clinic is providing a food doorstep delivery drop-off service to those in need.

They need volunteers to help sort produce and fill bags as well as drivers to make the deliveries.

Let’s Send Lindsey Graham Home!

In case you missed it, Jaime Harrison just outraised Lindsey Graham by nearly $2 million last quarter and set a new fundraising record in the process. Polling has shown him within the margin of error in his race to unseat Lindsey, but he can only win if Charleston County can deliver the votes he needs. Can you help us get out the vote in the fastest growing blue county in South Carolina?

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The mission of the Charleston County Democratic Party is to educate and encourage participation in the political process by people of all backgrounds who support Democratic principles. Funds garnered from this participation will be used to help elect Democratic candidates and to support Democratic programs.

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