CCDP Newsletter: Early Voting Has Begun!

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Early voting began yesterday and continues through next Friday (June 10th) at the Charleston County Board of Elections & Voter Registration. Due to the recent change in laws (see the press release here), no excuse is needed to vote early in person at the Board of Elections. However, it is important to note that early voting only occurs on weekdays and is between 8:30 AM and 5 PM. As you know, there is no registration by party in South Carolina, but you request which party’s primary you want to vote in when you go. You can find the Democratic candidates and information about them through the “2022 Candidate Information” section farther down in this newsletter. You can also access a sample ballot by filling in your registration information in the form accessed through the button below.



As a reminder, in order to vote absentee by mail, the reasons have been limited to the following:

  • Voters with disabilities.
  • Voters sixty-five years of age or older.
  • Members of the Armed Forces and Merchant Marines of the United States, their spouses, and dependents residing with them.
  • Voters admitted to hospitals as emergency patients on the day of an election or within a four-day period before the election.
  • Voters who, for one of the following reasons, are unable to vote in person on any day of the early-voting period or on Election Day.
    • Employment obligations.
    • Attending sick or physically disabled persons.
    • Confined to a jail or pretrial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial.
    • Absent from their county for any reason. 

Additionally the absentee applications must be returned by eleven days before the election (which is Friday). As a voter, you can only request up to five additional ballots now and must provide further identification on absentee ballots.


Following last week’s tragedy in Ulvade, as well as the tragedy in Buffalo, we wanted to provide some information about gun reform advocacy. Some people have reached out about March for Our Lives events, but, while there will be events in other parts of the state, March for Our Lives has not yet organized one in Charleston.

With that said, we do urge you to call and write Senators Graham and Scott about supporting HR8, known as the Bipartisan Backgrounds Check Act of 2021, which would require background checks on all gun sales. Making your voice heard on this matter will help to chip away at the gun lobby’s stranglehold on our politics. You can find the Senators’ contact information through the button below.



Supporters like you allow us to keep the CCDP office open, train and support candidates and fund events in the Lowcountry. Please consider donating so that we can continue these efforts. With the 2022 election just months away, it is more important than ever to make sure we have the resources we need to succeed!


Upcoming Events

11 AM
Phone Banking Training

Our activism is heating up! Soon we will be calling voters to get out the vote! Please join us for a quick training on the Votebuilder phone banking software that allows you to call voters from anywhere, any time!

RSVP Here> (Location shared upon RSVP)
CCDW June Meeting

Join us Monday, June 6th at the CCDP Office. Our speakers will be Mia McLeod, candidate for SC Governor (Joe Cunningham cannot attend due to commitments in Spartanburg); Vicky Ringer from Planned Parenthood and Spencer Wetmore, SC Representative for district 115. Please bring your own beverages and feel free to bring your dinner or a snack.

CCDP OfficeRSVP Here>
Voter Engagement Volunteers for Community Event

Volunteers needed Sunday, June 12th, for voter engagement. The East Cooper Democrats are sponsoring a table for the EC Youth Entrepreneurs in Athletics and Sports event at Lucy Beckham High School to engage voters before the upcoming primary, pass out information about the new election laws, and help voters check their voter registration status.

Lucy Beckham High SchoolRSVP Here>
Primary Night Watch Party

After you vote in the primary election on June 14th, join us for a watch party when the polls close at 7 PM to find out who our candidates will be~Seats up for grabs include Governor, US Senator, US House, State House, County Council, Probate Judge, Register of Deeds, Superintendent of Education and more! Light refreshments will be served, but seating is limited so reserve your spot now!

RSVP Here> (Location shared upon RSVP)

2022 Candidate Information


State Level Offices:
Carlton Boyd
Joe Cunningham 
Mia McLeod (WebsiteInstagramFacebookTwitterDonations)
Calvin CJ Mack McMillan (Website)
William H Cowboy Williams (WebsiteDonations)
U.S. Senate:
Catherine Fleming Bruce (WebsiteInstagramFacebookTwitterDonations)
Angela Geter (WebsiteInstagramFacebookTwitterDonations)
Krystle Matthews (WebsiteInstagramFacebookTwitterDonations)
Secretary of State: Peggy Butler (WebsiteDonations)(NOMINEE)
State Superintendent of Education:
Dr. Gary Burgess (WebsiteInstagramFacebookTwitterDonations)
Lisa Ellis (WebsiteInstagramTwitterDonations)
Jerry Govan (WebsiteFacebookDonations)

United States Congress:
SC-1: Dr. Annie Andrews (WebsiteInstagramFacebookTwitterDonations)(NOMINEE)
Michael Addison (WebsiteFacebookDonations)
Gregg Marcel Dixon (WebsiteFacebookTwitterDonations)
Majority Whip James “Jim” E. Clyburn (WebsiteInstagram;  FacebookTwitterDonations)

South Carolina State House
15: Representative JA Moore (WebsiteFacebookTwitterDonations)(NOMINEE)
80: Donna Brown Newton (WebsiteFacebookTwitterDonations)(NOMINEE)
109: Representative Deon Tedder (WebsiteFacebookTwitter)(NOMINEE)
110: Ellis Roberts (WebsiteInstagramFacebookTwitterDonations)(NOMINEE)
111: Representative Wendell Gilliard (Facebook)(NOMINEE)
Dave Artushin (WebsiteInstagramFacebookTwitterDonations)
Stephen Hilton (WebsiteTwitterDonations)
113: Representative Marvin Pendarvis (NOMINEE)
114: Michelle Brandt (WebsiteInstagramFacebookTwitterDonations)(NOMINEE)
115: Representative Spencer Wetmore (WebsiteInstagramFacebookTwitterDonations)(NOMINEE)
116: Representative Chardale Murray (WebsiteInstagramFacebookTwitterDonations)(NOMINEE)
119: Representative Leon Stavrinakis (WebsiteFacebook;

Charleston County Council:
5: Councilman Teddie Pryor (Facebook)(NOMINEE)
Councilwoman Anna Johnson (WebsiteFacebookDonations)
Ronald L. Ladson (WebsiteInstagramFacebookTwitterDonations)
Millicent TraeyeMiddleton (WebsiteInstagramFacebookTwitterDonations)
9: Dylan Tullberg (NOMINEE)

Charleston County Probate Judge:
Tamara Cunningham Curry (WebsiteInstagramFacebookTwitterDonations)
Stephanie Ganaway-Pasley (WebsiteFacebook)

Charleston County Register of Deeds:
Karen Hollings (WebsiteDonations)
Michael Miller (WebsiteInstagramFacebookDonations)

Give Back

Blessing Box Donations Needed!
Please consider donating to our CCDP Blessing Box. You can #StockTheBox at any time, or drop off items to the office during office hours or by appointment. Our community members appreciate and depend on our kindness!

A few things to remember when donating Blessing Box items:

  • DO donate non-perishable items that will hold up in the weather
    • example: canned vegetables and meats/fish, sauces in jars, boxes of rice or pasta
    • protip: donate items that don’t require milk/butter/oil to prepare, get cans with pop-tops that don’t require can openers
  • DO donate small personal care items that will fit in the blessing box
    • example toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant,
  • DO NOT donate any open or expired items.

Lowcountry Period Project Supplies Needed!
Did you know that our volunteers build period packs in support of the Homeless Period Project? The project provides pre-made kits for homeless shelters and nurse’s offices at Title IX schools in the Lowcountry. These items are a luxury to homeless women and girls and many are forced to choose between hygiene and food. Please consider donating the following items so we can continue to support this amazing project!
-individually-wrapped feminine pads
-individually-wrapped tampons
-individually-wrapped wipes
-individually-wrapped panty liners

Thanks again for your generosity!

Our office has limited public hours due to COVID, but if you are dropping off donations, you can email to arrange a drop off time.



Please support CCDP (and help elect Democrats) by buying one of our t-shirts, water bottles, Koozies, bags, and pint glasses!


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