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YOUR VOTE IS YOUR VOICE

SC Equality PAC  


The SC Equality PAC is dedicated to fighting for full equality in South Carolina.

The South Carolina Equality Political Action Committee known as the SC Equality PAC is South Carolina’s statewide organization that advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality through participation in the electoral process at the state and local level.

The primary purpose of the SC Equality PAC is to secure, defend, and protect equal rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in South Carolina through the political and electoral process; especially the election of fair-minded candidates for state and local offices. It was established under the laws of the State of South Carolina in 2011.

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115,000 Voices for Equality

The gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community in South Carolina has become a defining feature of our state’s political landscape. More and more candidates are recognizing that the LGBT community is an engaged and united electorate that supports and empowers our leader’s who embrace equality.

Since our founding in 2002, SC Equality has identified nearly 115,000 same-sex and pro-LGBT voter households in South Carolina.

Each cycle the SC Equality PAC (political action committee) and SC Equality Coalition (501(c)1) surveys candidates in local, state and national elections about issues and policies that our members care about. In 2018, we will transform the survey data into comprehensive 2018 voter guide that showcase candidate positions on critical issues like local non-discrimination policies, anti-bullying policies, adoption by gay parents and marriage equality.

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“Gay rights are human rights,

and human rights are gay rights.”

The 2018 SC Equality LGBT Voters Guide

Compiles the information that allows you to make informed decisions about the races on your ballot, based on your values. Vote in every race on your ballot! It’s our right and our responsibility. Please share this guide with your friends and family.

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TRANSGENDER VOTER I.D. TOOLKIT

Current voter ID laws present a unique obstacle to voting in local, state, and national elections for transgender and gender non-conforming (GNC) individuals. 

Regardless of whether you have ever had trouble voting in the past, this year, voter ID laws may make it harder for many trans people to vote. Even if you have the required ID, the new laws may encourage additional scrutiny toward and bias against trans voters. It is important that every trans person takes steps now to make sure they can vote on Election Day. This was written to give all trans people the information they need to be able to cast their votes and to respond to possible problems at polling places.

Voting absentee provides a viable alternative for registered voters who cannot or wish to not vote in person on Election Day, including transgender and GNC individuals without updated or accurate identification.

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RECENT ACTION ALERTS

SC Equality monitors legislation and policy affecting LGBT South Carolinians year-round. We will keep you informed on breaking news and let you know when your legislators need to hear from you. Whether it is sending an email, making a phone call, or meeting face-to-face, direct communication with your elected officials is critical to winning equality in our home state.

Action Alerts are often critical and very time sensitive (ie. a bill is about to be voted on) – the best way to stay up-to-date on actions you can take to win equality in South Carolina is to Sign Up for Receive E-mails from us. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter to receive breaking news on what’s going on and how you can get involved.

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2018 Election Calendar

March 16, 2018 (12:00 noon)


Filing opens for candidates seeking political party nominations for Governor, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, Attorney General, Comptroller General, State Superintendent of Education, Commissioner of Agriculture, U.S. House of Representatives, State House of Representatives, Multi-county district offices, Solicitor (circuits 3, 5, 6, 12, 13, 15), Various countywide and less than countywide offices.

March 30, 2018 (12:00 noon)


Candidate filing closes.

May 11, 2018 (5:00 p.m.)


Deadline to register to vote in person for Primaries (unless county board holds weekend hours).

May 13, 2018 (11:59 p.m.)


Deadline to register to vote online or by fax or email for Primaries.

May 14, 2018  


Deadline to register to vote by mail for Primaries (must be postmarked by this date).

June 8, 2018 (5:00 p.m.)


Deadline to apply for absentee by mail ballot for Primaries. Voters should apply at least one week prior to election day to allow adequate mail time. Applying late puts voters at risk of being unable to return ballots by the deadline of 7:00 p.m. on election day.

June 11, 2018 (5:00 p.m.)


Deadline to vote absentee in person for Primaries.

June 12, 2018  


Statewide Primaries. Polls open 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

October 5, 2018 (5:00 p.m.)


Deadline to register to vote in person for General Election (unless county board holds weekend hours).

October 7, 2018 (11:59 p.m.)


Deadline to register to vote online or by fax or email for General Election.

October 8, 2018  


Deadline to register to vote by mail for General Election (must be postmarked by this date).

November 2, 2018 (5:00 p.m.)


Deadline to apply for absentee by mail ballot for General Election. Voters should apply at least one week prior to election day to allow adequate mail time. Applying late puts voters at risk of being unable to return ballots by the deadline of 7:00 p.m. on election day.

November 5, 2018 (5:00 p.m.)


Deadline to vote absentee in person for General Election.

November 6, 2018  


General Election Day. (Polls open 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.)

CHANGE A LIFE TODAY

As long as injustice & inequality persist, and LGBTQ youth are bullied in schools across South Carolina, none of us can truly rest. It doesn’t take much to change a life, Get in touch today and start making the difference.

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