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South Carolina Democratic Party Update on County Party Conventions during the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

South Carolina Democratic Party Update on County Party Conventions during the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

South Carolina Democratic Party Update on County Party Conventions during the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic

Columbia, SC — The South Carolina Democratic Party released the following information regarding scheduling updates on County Conventions in response to the  COVID-19 Coronavirus situation in South Carolina:

Thirty-three counties have not yet had their convention. To ensure the health and safety of all participants, these remaining conventions will be held remotely either via Telephone Town Hall (Teleconventions) or Mail-in Ballot. County parties may decide which remote environment works best for their county. 

Teleconventions will be held between April 6th and April 25th. Participants will be able to vote for delegates to the state convention and for county party leaders on their telephone keypad. 

Mail-in Ballots will be mailed by April 13 and must be postmarked for return by April 25. County Parties choosing this method must allow for individuals to file to run for county party office and delegate/alternate to the state convention with the county party by April 8, 2020. Filing may be done by email.

The remainder of our delegate selection process will not change. State Convention delegates who are interested in becoming a delegate to the National Convention must file with the SCDP by April 30th. National Delegates will be elected at the State Convention.

County Conventions are an essential step in our National Delegate selection process and electing our local Democratic Party leaders. The South Carolina Democratic Party will continue to publicize updates on scheduling changes in relation to the coronavirus situation in South Carolina. 

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South Carolina Democratic Party Statement on the Five Republican Legislators who Voted Against the Emergency Coronavirus Bill

South Carolina Democratic Party Statement on the Five Republican Legislators who Voted Against the Emergency Coronavirus Bill

Columbia, SC — The South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman, Trav Robertson Jr., released the following statement after several South Carolina Republican Members of Congress voted against the emergency coronavirus bill.

“Astonishing.”

“At this time, it is more important than ever before to come together and do what’s right for South Carolinians. Five of the nine elected officials we send to Washington failed to do that. Each of these five elected officials claim to love our people yet they refuse to help. How can we elect people who believe that suffering is okay? What other solutions to this crisis and to prevent economic disaster in SC have they proposed? The answer is none.” 

“Here in South Carolina, businesses are closing their doors, restaurants and bars are letting go of staff, and people across the state are filing for unemployment. Either these representatives haven’t made it a priority to listen to the people in the state they represent, or they just don’t care. South Carolinians deserve better than this failed leadership.”

U.S. House of Representatives members from South Carolina who voted against the bill:

Joe Wilson

Jeff Duncan 

Ralph Norman

William Timmons

U.S. Senators from South Carolina who voted against the bill:

Tim Scott

 

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South Carolina Democratic Party Statement on the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic and County Party Conventions

South Carolina Democratic Party Statement on the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic and County Party Conventions

South Carolina Democratic Party Statement on the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic and County Party Conventions

Columbia, SC — The South Carolina Democratic Party released the following information regarding closures and scheduling updates on Party events in light of the  COVID-19 Coronavirus situation in South Carolina:

“The South Carolina Democratic Party is closely monitoring the COVID-19 coronavirus situation. The health and safety of South Carolinians is our top priority. After working extensively with the DNC Rules and Bylaws Committee and our county parties, we have postponed the remainder of our County Conventions scheduled for the month of March.

The SCDP is working with county party chairs to reschedule their convention and to provide new and updated procedures. It is our priority to ensure that every South Carolinian who wants to be involved in this process has the opportunity to be included.”

In addition, the South Carolina Democratic Party is taking the following preventative measures to ensure the health and safety of Party staff and volunteers:

  • Staff are telecommuting and are available by email and phone.
  • The South Carolina Democratic Party Headquarters will be closed to the public  through March 31, 2020.
  • Please check with County Parties for cancellations and changes to their events and regularly scheduled meetings.

 

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South Carolina Democratic Party announces record breaking turnout in the 2020 Democratic Presidential Preference Primary

South Carolina Democratic Party announces record breaking turnout in the 2020 Democratic Presidential Preference Primary

South Carolina Democratic Party announces record breaking turnout in the 2020 Democratic Presidential Preference Primary

 

Columbia, SC – Saturday’s First in the South Democratic Presidential Primary had the highest turnout ever recorded in its history. 539,020 Democrats and Independents voted in the First in the South Presidential Preference Primary. Not only is this a significant spike in voter turnout from 2016, but this broke 2008’s previous record by 6,869 votes.

 

A few of the counties with the greatest increase in voter turnout are as follows:

Beaufort County: Voter turnout increased by 81%

Berkeley County: Voter turnout increased by 63%

Charleston County: Voter turnout increased by 58%

Dorchester County: Voter turnout increased by 62%

Greenville County: Voter turnout increased by 72%

Horry County: Voter turnout increased by 80%

Lancaster County: Voter turnout increased by 75%

York County: Voter turnout increased by 86%

 

In Congressman Joe Cunningham’s District (SC-1), all four counties represented in the district saw a significant increase in Democratic participation.

 

Greenville County’s Democratic participation increased by 72%, Lancaster increased by 75%, and York increased by 86%, proving that several regions of the state have been written off as Republican territories for too long.

 

South Carolina Democratic Party Chair, Trav Robertson Jr., released the following statement on the monumental voter turnout:

 

“This is a monumental moment for Democrats in South Carolina. Voter turnout from this past weekend reflects what many of us already knew: South Carolinians have had enough. These numbers should scare Republicans, especially Trump’s lackeys like Lindsey Graham. 

 

South Carolinians are clearly ready to send Lindsey home, re elect Joe Cunningham to Congress, take back the State Senate, and continue to elect Democrats up and down the ballot. It is now our responsibility to take advantage of this opportunity and put our candidates in a position to win this November.”

 

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