Early Voting started this week! There are a variety of ways you can vote (including with an absentee ballot or on Election Day), however, Early Voting is recommended by Charleston County Democrats because it is safe, very easy, ensures that your voice is heard, and even frees up your time on Election Day so that you can volunteer as a poll worker or watcher.
Unlike in previous years, you no longer need to have an “excuse” to vote early, but curbside voting is still available for 65+ voters or others unable to walk into the building. You do still need to bring your picture ID.
Early Voting lasts from Monday, October 24 through Saturday, November 5, 8:30AM to 6PM Monday-Saturday. Early voting is not available on Sundays and is not available on Monday, November 7.
There are seven locations available for early voting in Charleston Count and you may go to any of them to vote early. Should you choose to vote on Election Day instead, your voting location on November 8 will be different from the Early Voting locations.
Early Voting Locations:
Baxter-Patrick James Island Library: 1858 S Grimball Road, Charleston, SC 29412
Hollywood/St. Pauls Library: 5130 SC-165, Hollywood, SC 29449
John’s Island Regional Library: 3531 Maybank Highway, Johns Island, SC 29455
Main Downtown Library: 68 Calhoun St, Charleston, SC 29401
Mt. Pleasant Seacoast Church: 750 Long Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
North Charleston Convention Center: 5000 Coliseum Dr, North Charleston, SC 29418
West Ashley Seacoast Church: 2049 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407
Contact the County Board of Elections with the button below if you have any questions or concerns about voting.
Can You Help “Lit Drop”?
Voting has already started and Charleston Democrats have already contacted thousands of voters. CCDP needs your help to reach voters in some of the further corners of Charleston County. These voters often share many Democratic values and are only a 20 or 30 minute drive away, but their vote can’t be taken for granted and CCDP needs volunteers to drop off campaign literature at these voters’ doors. A lit drop is fast, easy, and requires no talking or soliciting with voters. Lit drops are even an easy way to involve kids or grandkids to get out the vote!
Please click on the button below to sign up for this critical element of GOTV.
Sign Up as a Poll Worker or Poll Watcher
Our local elections need local voters to volunteer to help run elections. The Charleston County Board of Elections is still looking for Charleston voters to work at voting locations. Poll workers are non-partisan and get paid for their time.
The Charleston County Democratic Party is also looking for poll watchers. Democratic poll watchers monitor a voting location to ensure that every voter has access to all of their legal rights while attempting to vote, and they volunteer their time for a half- or full-day shift.
While both of these jobs are critical to maintaining our democracy, you can only serve in one of these jobs on Election Day. Training is also required for either job before Election Day.
Click on the button below to learn more about signing up as a non-partisan poll worker through the County Board of Elections.
Click on the button below to learn more about volunteering as a Democratic poll watcher.
Congratulations to Sally Eisenberg, the 2022 Mimi Dias Award Recipient!
One of the highlights at this past weekend’s Blue Jamboree was when the 2022 Mimi Dias Award was presented to Sally Eisenberg. Sally exemplifies the Mimi Dias Award’s call to volunteerism: Sally works in her community to enroll and educate new voters, currently serves as CCDP Treasurer, and can always be relied on to show up when a set of hands is needed. Sally is an inspiration to us all. Thank you and congratulations, Sally!
CCDP Office Hours
Be sure to stop by the Charleston County Democratic Party Office in West Ashley to pick up a yard sign or a lit drop package before Election Day. The Office is open:
Monday – Saturday: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 to 6:00 pm
Many of the Office workers will be out volunteering before Election Day, so just knock at the front door if it is locked.
Candidate Highlight: Marvin Pendarvis
State Legislature, House District 113: North Charleston
Marvin grew up in the Charleston Farms neighborhood of North Charleston, South Carolina, in the heart of House District 113. He is a product of the public schools in Charleston County, graduating at the top of his class at Garrett Academy of Technology in 2007. Marvin is a 2011 Honors graduate of the University of South Carolina. His commitment to advocacy led him to the University of South Carolina School of Law where he graduated in 2014. Marvin was also admitted to the South Carolina Bar in that same year.
Marvin is a member of many civic groups, including the Garrett Academy of Technology School Improvement Council, North Charleston Civil Coalition for Reform (NCCCR), South Carolina Black Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, North Charleston Board of Zoning Appeals, and the Charleston Farms Civic Association
Find Marvin Online:
Candidate Highlight: Rep. Krystle Matthews
Krystle Matthews ran for her first office in 2018, not knowing anyone in politics on either side. She knew that she wanted to represent working folks that may not have been groomed or versed in politics but were very much frustrated with the current political climate. Matthews, 41, believes that young adults, minorities, women, and working families are the backbone of our state. She was inspired to run for office because she believes that people who look like her and come from backgrounds like hers are often affected the most and heard the least.
At the Statehouse, she has been a champion for women and girls, veteran’s issues, economic development, and infrastructure.
Find Krystle Online:
Help CCDP Elect Democrats this November
Charleston County Democrats are working hard to protect our rights now, leading up to the election on November 8, and afterward. However, they need our help to connect voters with the resources required. Please contribute so that Charleston County Democrats can continue to work for our community.
|JA Moore Day of Action |
Join Rep JA Moore this Saturday for free BBQ, music by DJ Leo, and information about voting and volunteering. This is going to be a BIG day of action and you won’t want to miss it!
|State Superintendent of Education Debate Democrat Lisa Ellis will be debating Republican Ellen Weaver on Nov 2 at 6:30 pm.|
Lisa Ellis has been teaching middle- and high-school students since 2001, founded SC for Ed, and holds a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Master of Science degrees in fields related to education. Ellen Weaver works at a conservative think tank, holds a Bachelor’s degree in a field unrelated to education, and claims to have completed a Master’s degree that she started earlier this year.
Holding a Master’s degree is a legal requirement for the job of Superintendent.
Be sure to watch the debate on SC ETV, or catch a Livestream of the debate on scetv.org or SC ETV’s Facebook and YouTube channels.
|CCDP Monthly Meeting|
We are back to meeting in person! If you would like to attend this month’s meeting in person, please meet us Downtown at the Charleston County Main Public Library. We will meet in the library’s auditorium. The physical address is 68 Calhoun St, Charleston, SC 29401If you wish to join via Zoom, please make sure you signup to receive the link.
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|Coffee with Democrats|
Join fellow Democrats for a cup of coffee and great conversation. Still in person at Wildflour Pastry from 8:30-10 AM. No specific topics. Come for the whole time or just a little while.
|Make Phone Calls to Charleston Voters|
We’re calling Charleston County voters to make sure they have a plan to vote for Democrats in November. You can call any day, between 11 and 8, from the comfort of your own home. Or have some friends over and make calls together.
It’s up to you!
|Volunteer to Get out the Vote! |
We need to Get Out the Vote NOW! Can you help out? We’ll put you in contact with your local precinct leaders(s), who right now are organizing a postcard-writing campaign. If you’ve never volunteered before, this is a great way to start out. There are options for you to help out at your own home, or you can gather and socialize in other GOTV activities.
2022 Candidate Information
2022 CHARLESTON COUNTY DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES
State Level Offices:
Joe Cunningham (Website; Instagram; Facebook; Twitter; Donations)
Krystle Matthews (Website; Instagram; Facebook; Twitter; Donations)
Secretary of State:
Rosemounda “Peggy” Butler (Website; Facebook; Twitter; Donations)
State Superintendent of Education:
Lisa Ellis (Website; Instagram; Twitter; Donations)
United States Congress:
South Carolina State House
15: Representative JA Moore (Website; Facebook; Twitter; Donations)
80: Donna Brown Newton (Website; Facebook; Twitter; Donations)
109: Representative Deon Tedder (Website, Facebook, Twitter)
110: Ellis Roberts (Website; Instagram; Facebook; Twitter; Donations)
111: Representative Wendell Gilliard (Website; Facebook; Donations)
112: Dave Artushin (Website; Instagram; Facebook; Twitter; Donations)
113: Representative Marvin Pendarvis
114: Michelle Brandt (Website; Instagram; Facebook; Twitter; Donations)
115: Representative Spencer Wetmore (Website; Instagram; Facebook; Twitter; Donations)
116: Representative Chardale Murray (Website; Instagram; Facebook; Twitter; Donations)
119: Representative Leon Stavrinakis (Website; Facebook; Twitter)
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 panty liners
Thanks again for your generosity!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a drop off time.
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