Emergency Measures for Voting by Mail

Emergency Measures for Voting by Mail

Action Alert
Time Range For Action Alert: 
July 19, 2020 to August 31, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic greatly threatens the safety and accessibility of elections held in South Carolina this summer and next fall.  What we witnessed a few days ago in Wisconsin is heartbreaking and unconscionable.  We must take steps!

Please write letters to our governor and to your state senator and to your state representative urging them to approve emergency measures to implement voting by mail and other measures as needed to protect the health and safety of voters and election workers.  

Mail your letters to your senator and representative to their home addresses, supplied below, because their office phones are not being staffed at this time.  

Address your letter to the Governor to
The Honorable Henry McMaster
State House
1100 Gervais Street
Columbia, South Carolina 29201

Your SC Senator and home address:
Tom Davis
P.O. Drawer 1107, Beaufort 29901-1107

Your SC Representative and home address:
Use this link to find your SC State Representative

Please stress these points in your letters:

Most important: Start with “I am writing as your constituent"

1. People in [name your town] are very apprehensive about the safety of our elections in the coming months.

2. Vote by mail is the safest method of voting from a public health perspective.

3. It is essential to expand the criteria for absentee voting and to take whatever other actions are possible to protect the health of both voters and poll workers.

4. Please do not fail to consult our local election officials to make sure they are getting what they need for the 2020 elections.

5. The time allowed to count mail-in absentee ballots needs to be expanded. One day is not enough!

6. Online applications for an absentee ballot should be permitted.

If you only have time for a short note, you do not have to include all of these points.  1, 2, 3, and 4 are the most important.

The letters will be more effective if they are not all alike; therefore...  

 >  Please use your own phrases and connectives, such as,
"I strongly believe..."  
"It is widely agreed..."
"Clearly, we need to..."
"It is morally inexcusable to force people to choose between protecting their health and exercising their right to vote" (or that idea in your own words)
"I'm counting on your support for making real changes very soon"
"I will be watching for your positive action on this"

> Feel free to express your outrage at the possibility of nothing being done.

>  Don't forget to mention your town by name, the concerns of family and friends for their own safety.

>  Stress that you are writing as a constituent.

This is the most effective action every citizen can take at this time. Please share this information with your friends and neighbors and community groups, and encourage as many as possible to write. An outpouring of these letters may have a real impact!

Thank you!

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