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Graham Urges U.S. Department of Justice to Investigate Improper Funding of Planned Parenthood

Graham Urges U.S. Department of Justice to Investigate Improper Funding of Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today urged the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate dozens of Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country who applied for and received loans from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) despite knowing they were ineligible to apply.
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Graham Urges U.S. Department of Justice to Investigate Improper Funding of Planned Parenthood

SCDP Chair Lauds Historic Bipartisan Decision to Expand Ballot Access

SCDP Chair Lauds Historic Bipartisan Decision to Expand Ballot Access

COLUMBIA, SC — Following a lawsuit brought by SCDP and DCCC to expand voting by mail, State lawmakers agreed South Carolina voters will be permitted to cast no-excuse absentee ballots as the number of confirmed Coronavirus cases increase daily. Earlier today the South Carolina Supreme Court heard arguments in the case.

“Lawmakers have a duty to protect the health and safety of South Carolina voters and poll workers during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Thankfully voters will not be forced to risk their lives and public safety exercising their fundamental right to vote.” says Shaundra Young Scott, Director of SCDP Voter Protection.

Prior to today, absentee ballots were only available to voters out of the country on election day, serving in the military, ill, disabled or over 65. Quarantining or isolation due to Coronavirus was not an approved reason to vote absentee, potentially putting thousands of primary voters and the typically elder volunteers who run each precinct in harms way. Once signed by the Governor, South Carolina voters still must request an absentee ballot and then cast it via mail. 

“I cannot give enough credit to our Democratic legislators who joined with Republicans in a strong demonstration of bipartisanship, to put democracy over politics in ensuring all South Carolinains are able to participate in the June 9th primary. My only hope is the General Assembly will seriously consider extending these reforms into the General as well,” says Trav Robertson, Jr. SCDP Chair.

Expanded absentee voting access will only cover voters participating in the June 9th primary and any subsequent runoffs. Lawmakers will be forced to come together again and determine if COVID-19 continues to pose a threat to Election Day in November.

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SCDP Chair Lauds Historic Bipartisan Decision to Expand Ballot Access

Graham, Senators Introduce China Sanctions Legislation

Graham, Senators Introduce China Sanctions Legislation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) has introduced The COVID-19 Accountability Act which authorizes the President to impose sanctions on China if China fails to cooperate and provide a full accounting of the events leading up to the outbreak of COVID-19.
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Graham, Senators Introduce China Sanctions Legislation

SCDP Files Suit to Expand Statewide Absentee Ballot Access

SCDP Files Suit to Expand Statewide Absentee Ballot Access

Democrats aim to protect the integrity of elections amid pandemic

Today, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and South Carolina Democratic Party filed suit in the South Carolina Supreme Court seeking to expand absentee voting access ahead of the South Carolina primary election on June 9, 2020 and the November general election. The COVID-19 pandemic raises serious challenges for voters and poll workers, forcing South Carolinians into an unacceptable choice between personal health or participating in democracy.

The suit seeks to ensure all of South Carolina’s 3.3 million voters have the option to safely and securely exercise their constitutional right to vote by:

  • Urging the South Carolina Supreme Court to determine and affirm that those who practice social distancing to avoid contracting or spreading COVID-19 qualify as “physically disabled person[s]” who are eligible to vote absentee;
  • And urging the South Carolina Supreme Court to determine that COVID-19 severely threatens the administration of elections and every resident’s constitutional right to free and open elections.

By recognizing the threat COVID-19 poses to constitutionally protected elections, the State of South Carolina can prioritize the safety and wellbeing of South Carolinians without compromising the integrity of this election.

DCCC Chairwoman Rep. Cheri Bustos: “Our leaders should be using every available tool to ensure South Carolina voters don’t have to choose between protecting their health and participating in our democracy. We’ll keep fighting to ensure voters can safely and freely participate in our democracy during this time of uncertainty.”

South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Trav Robertson: “Every single elected official has a moral responsibility to protect citizens and a constitutional responsibility to make sure our Democracy does not falter. It is the height of recklessness to ask volunteers to risk their lives staffing polls and precincts when the Republicans controlling our government have the ability to take action and protect lives by eliminating the qualifications for absentee voting and transition to a mail-in voting program.”

Full Legal Brief Here: South Carolina COVID-19 Petition Complaint and Notice of Return 

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SCDP Files Suit to Expand Statewide Absentee Ballot Access

Graham Supports Decision to Cut Off WHO Funding

Graham Supports Decision to Cut Off WHO Funding

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement on news that the United States will halt funding to the World Health Organization (WHO) while a review is conducted to investigate the WHO’s role in mismanaging and covering up the spread of coronavirus in China.
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Graham Supports Decision to Cut Off WHO Funding