Final action: let's hit it home now!

Final action: let's hit it home now!

Time Range For Action Alert: 
August 29, 2020 to September 16, 2020

State Senators are meeting on September 2nd. Demand safe, accessible, and secure elections!

Safe Elections

The SC Senate met on September 2. Our SC Representatives will meet on September 15. 

We have written letters and emailed our legislators.  The SC Senate passed an election reform bill.   Were the responses and the Senate bill what you had hoped for? 
  • Are they committed to again expanding absentee voting (like they did for the Primary Election) so that everyone can again vote safely in November?
  • Will they again remove the witness requirement for absentee ballot return envelopes? 
  • Will they allow the use of secure drop boxes at sites such as town halls, libraries, or fire stations? 
  • Will they provide election officials with more time to process absentee-by-mail ballots, including the extension of the date by which counties must certify the election results? 

We need clear answers to these questions and we need  SC Senate legislation next week that provides for these key components for safe, secure, and accessible elections.  Once the Senate passes legislation, then the House can act on it when they meet on September 15.  

Commitment is in the details.  Yes, the legislature approved absentee voting for all due to the state of emergency caused by the pandemic for the June Primaries.  We need them to do it again.  And, yes, they extended the time for processing ballots when they met last May —but only for one day.  With the significantly higher turn-out expected for the November election, one day is not enough.

Legislation is needed now so let's hit it home.  

Let's hit it home. This last phase of advocacy —a phone call or "contact your legislator" message — needs to occur right now before the Senate reconvenes this Wednesday, September 2 and the House meets on September 15.  Legislative staff or interns are now monitoring the number of phone calls and messages received via  They will be sharing information with the legislators to assist them in understanding constituent concerns about expanded absentee voting and other safe voting issues. Be concise in your phone or written messages.  Staff want to know that you are a constituent and what you want the legislator to do.  

Enlist your friends, neighbors, and community.

It is important that we generate as many calls and messages from as many people as possible. Share information about why this is so important.  Safe voting legislation in the time of Covid-19 has bi-partisan and nonpartisan advocates.  Access the South Carolina Conservation Webinar with Representative Gary Clary, Senator Mia McLeod, and Lynn Teague, LWVSC Vice President for Issues & Action, for a lively discussion across non-partisan and party lines about this issue.
Thank you for all the work you have done to date to help make our November election safe, accessible, and secure!  Now we need just one last action from each of you in making one final call or sending one final message to your senator and representative.

~MaryAnn Bromley, State Issue & Advocacy Chair
mary.ann.bromley [at] (subject: Bingo%21, body: Yes%2C%20I%27ve%20acted%20to%20protect%20voter%20safety!%20My%20name%20and%20address%20follow%2C%20as%20well%20as%20a%20quick%20tally%20of%20my%20activities.%20) , 843-298-2320 (phone or text)

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Gov. Henry McMaster
State House
1100 Gervais St.
Columbia  29201
McMaster Facebook
Rep. Bill Herbkersman 
(House District 118)
896 May River Rd.
Bluffton 29910-5833
 (803) 734-3063
schsdistrict118 [at]
Herbkersman Facebook
Rep. Weston Newton 
(House District 120)
83 Myrtle Island Rd.
Bluffton 29910
(843) 706-6111 x 119
wnewton [at]
Newton Facebook
Rep. Jeff Bradley
(House District 123)
304 Seabrook Dr.
Hilton Head Island 29926
(843) 255-2264
jeffbradley [at]
Bradley Facebook
Sen. Tom Davis 
(Senate District 46)
PO Drawer 1107
Beaufort  29910
 (843) 252-8583
tom [at]
Davis Facebook
Sen. Margie Bright Matthews (Senate District 45)
PO Box 499
Walterboro 29488
(843) 549-6028
MargieBrightMatthews [at]
Bright Matthews Facebook

Use the SC Government Portal. It's easy!

Use the portal to identify your state senator and representative and to later send a message to them just before the September legislative session begins. Refer to the illustration below. It's easy to do and it counts!

SC Voting Portal

Issues referenced by this action alert: