CCDP Newsletter: Exciting Voting Updates

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NEW INFORMATION ABOUT ABSENTEE VOTING

We have some exciting updates to share with all of you this week about absentee voting! First of all, the Charleston County Board of Elections and Voter Registration has announced four satellite locations for in-person absentee locations for this year. They are:

North Charleston Coliseum (Charleston Area Convention Center)
Convention Hall B
5000 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston 29418

Seacoast Church – Mount Pleasant
750 Long Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

Seacoast Church – West Ashley
2049 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407

Main Library – Downtown
68 Calhoun St, Charleston, SC 29401

The Coliseum will open by October 5th, while the other three will open October 19th, and all locations will be open from 8:30 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday continuing until 5 PM on Monday, November 2nd. Additionally, the locations will be open on two Saturdays: October 24th and October 31st, from 9 AM to 1 PM.

Secondly, we are thrilled to announce for those of you voting at home that, starting October 5th, each of these satellite locations will have a ballot drop box, where you can put your sealed and signed absentee ballots if you do not choose to mail them back. These are in addition to the drop box at the Board of Elections and Voter Registration at 4367 Headquarters Road in North Charleston. These drop boxes will be so important this election, and we are so excited that there will be 5 across the county! Additionally, absentee ballots for Charleston County will be mailed in-state, which should reduce mail delays.

We are also very excited to announce that we have launched a sister website to VoteBlueSC.com – voters who prefer to register to vote or request their absentee ballot in Spanish can visit VotaSC.com. This new website includes all the same great information about voting as Vote Blue. Please share it with your friends in the Spanish-speaking community.

Finally, we want to tell all of you about the much-needed election workers for in-person absentee voting. There are a number of positions that the Board of Elections needs to fill, and, if you feel safe and able, we would love for you to help. You can be a Satellite Absentee Site Election Clerk, a Satellite Absentee Site Assistant Manager, an In-Office Absentee Clerk, or the Satellite Absentee Site Manager for the Downtown site. If you click on the jobs, you can find more information about the details and skills needed. We would love as many of people as feel comfortable and able to participate!


SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE THIS WEEK


This week, we are sponsoring a school supply drive in collaboration with Black Lives Matter. There will be a physical drive on Sunday (9/6) from 3 to 6 PM at Gadsden Green Homes. Please click here if you are interested in volunteering. Additionally, we will collecting supplies all week at the following drop-off locations through September 6th at 12 PM:

Charleston County Democratic Party Office
1379 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29407

Condon Family Law, LLC
4840 Chateau Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405

Sightsee Shop
125½, Line St, Charleston, SC 29403

Law Offices of Richard A Hricik PA
941 Houston Northcutt Blvd #204, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

Finally, you can also choose to donate money toward buying more school supplies here.


HELP US TEXT VOTERS TO WIN IN NOVEMBER


As we mentioned last week, we are using a new text banking tool called ThruText to reach voters for the November election. ThruText allows you to reach so many voters in so little time by auto-populating initial texts with each voter’s name and providing a set of already-written replies and convenient survey questions to record data about the voter. You can find out more about how to use ThruText through this tutorial link and you can sign up to text bank through the button below.

Sign Up to Text Bank Using ThruText

CCDP Introduces a new weekly newsletter giveaway!

Last week, we snuck in a little surprise at the end of the newsletter. Eagle-eyed readers who made it all the way to the end, saw that by correctly answering the question: “On average, how much will you be saving the party each time someone answers the phone while you are phone banking?” they would be entered into a drawing for a small prize. The correct answer of $1.30 was found within the newsletter story asking for phone bank volunteers.

We had a few submissions last week and our prize winner is FRANK BROCCOLO! Congratulations Frank, you won a bit of Official 2020 DNC Convention swag in the form of a Convention Duck donated by our Chair, Colleen Condon. This week’s question is: “This year, how many ballot drop boxes will be available across the county?” and you can submit your answer HERE. Check back in next week’s newsletter to see if you’ve won!


Upcoming Events

All meetings until further notice will be conducted “virtually” using Zoom. You can connect by computer or telephone. We will continue to use MobilizeAmerica to RSVP.

THU
SEP3
8:30AM
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
SEP3
7:00PM
Relational Organizing with East Cooper DemocratsThe countdown is on to the November 3rd election and we need all hands on deck! We want to be sure that no votes are left on the table, and that includes our friends and family! Join us Thursday September 3rd at 7pm for a discussion on relational organizing. Let’s use our voices to engage and educate our network of democrats to flip SC blue! Be sure to invite a friend!
Virtual Meeting (by computer or phone)
Click here to RSVP >
SAT
SEP5
11AM
Community Voter Registration Drive at Edmund’s OastAre you registered to vote for the most important election of our lifetimes? On September 5th, from 11am – 6pm, Edmund’s Oast (located at 1081 Morrison Drive) invites you to a Community Voter Registration Drive. Everyone is welcome, and you do not have to be a customer of Edmund’s Oast to participate.The Registration Drive will be set up outdoors, and social distancing and masks will be strictly enforced. Surfaces will also be frequently disinfected.
Edmund’s Oast >Click here to RSVP >
SUN
SEP6
6PM
Domingos with Democrats: Cocinando (Cooking) with DianaJoin us this Sunday for a bilingual event with Diana Salazar talking with the candidates about the issues that affect our #Latinx community here in Charleston. Special guests Kristin for Sheriff 2020 and Ben Pogue for Solicitor will be talking about what their plans are for the immigration detention center, how they intend on improving immigrant victim services, and want to hear from you about your ideas on making our community a safer place. You can make your own tacos at home or order in supporting these local Latinx owned businesses: West Ashley: El Molino Supermarket – Downtown: El Pincho Taco – North Charleston: El Rey del Taco – James Island: La Hacienda – Mt. Pleasant: San Miguel
Virtual Event
Click here to RSVP >
MON
SEP7
9:00AM
Million Womxn’s March, SC- Rise Sister Rise!On Monday, September 7, womxn from all over SC are coming together in North Charleston to amplify and uplift their voices to show solidarity with all womxn and energize SC womxn to use their voices to transform our community. The event is free, but registration is needed for planning purposes.
In-Person Event
Click here to Register >
TUE
SEP8
6:30PM
Peninsula Democrats: Your Vote, Your Power to Bring Positive Change to CCSDJoin Regina Duggins, Candidate for Charleston County School District to represent Peninsula District, and Francis Beylotte, Candidate for Charleston County School District to represent West Ashley District, to break down what the Consolidated School Board and the Constituent School Board are, and why these elected offices matter for our everyday lives!
Virtual Event
Click here to Register >
WED
SEP9
6:30PM
Sea Islands’ GOTV Committee Community Interest MeetingWe will be recruiting volunteers to serve on this community-wide committee to assist with voter registration, absentee ballots/requests, and GOTV initiatives on the Sea Islands. All community members, community organizations, churches, and other interested persons are invited. We will discuss and plan for our September Drive-up Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Request Drive. Join the discussion and GET INVOLVED!
Virtual Meeting (by computer or phone)
Click here to RSVP >
MON
SEP14
6:30PM
West Ashley Dems Monthly MeetingCome join your fellow Democrats for our September meeting. We’ll discuss volunteer opportunities for the election, voting by mail, and we’ll focus on two races in particular: Rev. Kylon Middleton (County Council 6) and Dan Gregory (Clerk of Court).
Virtual Meeting (by computer or phone)
Click here to RSVP >
THU
SEP17
7:00PM
September Virtual Trivia NightCome take a night off from campaigning, phone banking, and fundraising to test your political knowledge online with your friends from across the county. Towner Magill of East Cooper Democrats will be hosting a Virtual Trivia Night via Zoom using an online platform called Kahoot. All you need for our Virtual Trivia Night is your laptop or tablet, and a smartphone.

We’ll ask a series of questions via Zoom and you’ll answer on your smartphone. Questions will be either multiple choice, true/false, or puzzles, where you’ll put things or events in chronological order. Make sure you’re on Zoom on time so we can walk you through a quick tutorial. We’ll have a prize for the winner, and a good time is guaranteed!
Virtual Event (by computer or phone)
Click here to RSVP >
MON
SEP21
6:00PM
James Island-Folly Beach Dems Virtual MeetingJoin us to hear from our Democratic candidates and Joe Cunningham’s Campaign Manager! This is a great time to meet our full slate, including Countywide offices, and understand how you can help get Democrats elected into office in November. We will also have a prize package raffled off at the end of the meeting for one lucky winner!This meeting will feature: – Joe Cunningham’s Campaign Manager and a representative from the Jaime Harrison campaign – Spencer Wetmore (House Seat 115) – Sam Skardon (State Senate 41) – Richard Hricick (State Senate 43) – Herbert Fielding (Coroner) – Kristin Graziano (Sheriff) – Ben Pogue (Solicitor) – Dan Gregory (Clerk of Court)
Virtual Meeting (by computer or phone)
Click here to RSVP >
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