This year we will be voting for President of the United States. There are many things that affect the outcome in a national election. These can include the current economy, the candidates on the ballot, how much money those candidates have spent, current voter registration laws, and voter turnout.
In South Carolina, the primary elections were pretty interesting, almost to the point of ridiculous. It would almost be understandable if South Carolinians stayed away from the polls this November. But I’m going to try to convince you NOT to stay away.
It actually started with the January presidential primary. The South Carolina primary has always been important to Republicans. According to the New York Times, “since 1980, every Republican winner in South Carolina has gone on to win the party nomination.” The winner in South Carolina this January was Newt Gingrich. It looks like the Republican nominee is going to be Mitt Romney. This was the first indication that this was not going to be a typical election year.
Still reeling from January’s results, voters became confused about whether or not their voting districts had changed due to redistricting. Then in May, quite a few candidates were thrown off the June primary ballots for not filing one of the required reports at the correct time. This was followed by a state legislative review and finally a South Carolina Supreme Court decision that a candidate needed to file a paper copy of his/her EIS or economic interest statement at the same time he/she filed to run for office. In the end, there will now be 42 petition candidates on the November ballot in addition to the winners from June’s primaries and a new state congressional district seat and the presidential race.
So, calling all South Carolinians who did or did not vote in the June primaries. Your votes are needed this November. Go to the SC Election Commission’s site and find out who’s still going to be on the ballot in your district. And if you’re not sure of your district, go to Check Your Registration off the site’s home page. A lot of district seats are yet to be determined. You can really change things locally and beyond!