Updates from your Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC)

updated 10/4/2020

 


 

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Are you #VoteReady?


Every year, millions of eligible voters are unable to cast a ballot because of a missed registration deadline, outdated registration information, or other problems with their voter registration. Take 30 seconds today to check your registration status

* CHECK your SC Voter Registration.

* Not registered? REGISTER to vote today!

* Outdated address? UPDATE your Voter Registration Information.
 



Know your voting options.

Details that follow come directly from the official SC Election Commission website and is general, non-partisan information.

VOTING IN PERSON

Get Your Sample Ballot

Click here to access your personal sample ballot.

Photo ID

When voting in person, you will be asked to show one of the following Photo IDs at your polling place:

* SC Driver's License
* SC Department of Motor Vehicles ID Card
* SC Voter Registration Card with Photo
* Federal Military ID
* US Passport

Click here to learn more about photo ID required at the polling place.

Where to Vote

Find Your Precinct

Download a List of Polling Places & Addresses

When to Vote

Polling places are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.  Anyone in line at 7:00 p.m. will be allowed to vote.


ABSENTEE VOTING


H.5305/R.149, signed into law on September 16, 2020, made significant changes to absentee voting rules for the November 3, 2020 General Election.

* All voters are now qualified to vote absentee under the “State of Emergency” reason.

 

* Deadline to apply for an absentee by mail ballot:
     - Applications for absentee-by-mail ballots must be received by the voter registration office by 5:00 p.m., Saturday, October 24
     - An Authorized Representative acting on behalf of a voter who is unable to go to the polls due to an illness or disability may return the application by 5:00 p.m., Friday, October 30.

 

How to Vote Absentee in the 2020 General Election

Qualified voters can vote absentee in person or by mail. Photo ID is required to vote absentee in person. Photo ID is not required to vote absentee by mail.


In Person

Step 1: Visit your county voter registration office or extension office.

* Begins Monday, October 5.
* Ends 5:00 p.m., Monday, November 2.

Step 2: Complete an application.

Step 3: Cast your ballot. 


By Mail

Step 1: Get your application (available now).

Get the application online. You must be able to print your application.

     OR

Call or email your county voter registration office. You will be mailed an application. 

A member of a voter's immediate family or Authorized Representative can also request the application (see Authorized Representative at www.scvotes.gov/new-absentee-rules-2020-general-election).

Step 2: Complete, sign and return the application to your county voter registration office.

* Return by mail, email, fax or personal delivery.
* Return as soon as possible and no later than 5:00 p.m., Saturday, October 24.
* An Authorized Representative must return the application by 5:00 p.m., Friday, October 30 (see Authorized Representative information at www.scvotes.gov/new-absentee-rules-2020-general-election).

Step 3: Receive your absentee ballot in the mail. 

Step 4: Vote and return the ballot to your county voter registration office or extension office.

* Be sure to sign the voter's oath and have your signature witnessedIf you need someone to witness your signature, email us, and one of our JCRC or JFS volunteers will be happy to help you.
* Return your ballot either by mail, personal delivery or authorized returnee (see Authorized Returnee information at www.scvotes.gov/new-absentee-rules-2020-general-election).
* Your ballot must be received by 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3.
* If returning your ballot by mail, mail it as soon as possible, preferably a week before election day, to help ensure timely delivery.
* You can check the status of your absentee ballot HERE.

Hate Crimes Legislation Update
 
As one of three states in the US with no law specifically protecting citizens targeted by hate crime, it is long past time that South Carolina moves forward with the passage of hate crime legislation.


In the interest of making that happen, your Jewish Community Relations Council and Columbia Jewish Federation, the JCRC of Greater Charleston, the Anti-Defamation League, Jewish Council for Public Affairs, Alliance for Full Acceptance, Mother Emanuel AME Church, Charleston Hispanic Association, Lowcountry Coalition Against Hate and others have banded together behind a position statement and an official campaign called Stamp Out Hate South Carolina.
 
For too long, our communities across the state of South Carolina have borne witness to a long history of violence, harassment, and vandalism directed at citizens because of who they are, most notably in 2015 with the murder of nine South Carolinians at Mother Emanuel AME Church by a man steeped in white supremacist ideology. We have no way of prosecuting these crimes as hate crimes through state law.
 
As legislators are working together to craft a hate crime bill to pre-file for the coming legislative session, our organizations are amassing support for this effort. It is our goal to pass our position statement and its list of signers to our legislature when they reconvene in January. Our hope is to show our legislators just how important this issue is to our communities and the non-profits, grassroots organizations, religious congregations, criminal justice officials, and municipalities that represent them.
 
Our position statement, the list of signers, the link to add your organization or business to the list, the link to sign as an individual, and information on how to support our campaign are available on our coalition’s website: www.stampouthate.sc