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VOTING IN SOUTH CAROLINA


Population of South Carolina – 4.6 million

 1.2 million or 28% African American

 3 million or 68% White

 235,000 or 5% Latino

o 385,000 AMEs


Total Number of Registered Voters – 2,874,000

 823,000 African American registered voters

 1.9 million White registered Voters

o 275,000 registered AMEs


Counties where African Americans represent the majority of voters:

Allendale, Bamberg, Clarendon, Dillon, Fairfield, Hampton, Lee, Marlboro, Orangeburg, Sumter, and Williamsburg


Counties with most African American turnout (in order of turnout)

Richland, Charleston, Orangeburg, Berkeley, Florence, Greenville, Spartanburg, Sumter


2010 Election Results

General Election – 1.3 million voters cast (51% voter turnout)

 Vincent Sheheen – 630,000 (47%)

 Nikki Haley – 690,000 (51%)

o 60,000 vote difference


2008 Election Results

General Election – 1.9 million votes cast

 President Barack Obama – 862,000 (45%)

 John McCain – 1  million (54%)

o 138,000 vote difference


Items you need to vote in 2012

 Voter Registration Card

 Driver’s License

 DMV Issued ID card


NOTE: The new voter suppression law does not go into effect until 2013


You can vote early if:

 You’re 65 or older

 You have to work on election

 You’ll be out of town on election day

 You’re disabled or care for someone who is disabled


Who is on the ballot?

 The President/Vice President

 US House of Representatives

 SC State Senate

 State House of Representatives

 Sheriff

 Coroner

 Clerk of Court

 County Council

 School Board – non partisan


If you choose to vote straight party ticket, don’t forget the ballot questions and the school board.


EVERY ELECTION IS IMPORTANT. ALWAYS EXERCISE YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE.

Kay Taylor Hightower, Esquire

October 27, 2012