House Returns to Take Up Voter Safety in November

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

COLUMBIA, SC – SC Equality is back at the Statehouse as the the House returns today at noon to take up H.5305, the bill amended in the Senate to protect general election voters during the pandemic. The very important positive aspects of the bill are expansion of absentee voting to all qualified electors and provision of an additional two days to process absentee ballots before the election. These changes are crucially important, although they fall short of what we hoped for.

Unfortunately, the Senate bill also introduces confusion into an already-confusing election season by reducing the time available for in-person absentee voting and eliminating existing drop boxes for ballots. We would like to be optimistic that deficiencies in H.5305 can be change by the House,, but realistically the first priority must be getting expanded absentee voting for all and increased time for ballot processing, even if other improvements are not possible.

Expand absentee voting

Additional days for counting ballots

Venues and staff for ALL local polling places

PPE and safety measures for staff and voters

We are there today not only to protect LGBTQ South Carolinians, but also in solidarity with a coalition of organisations pushing for the General Assembly to act to make sure our election in November is Safe! Accessible! and Secure!

Remember that you can follow the floor debate in the House today at noon via live streaming video (click the photo above) and also at www.SCStatehouse.gov, where you will find a dashboard showing bills and amendments under consideration.

Not able to watch live? SC Equality is there and once we know what the House does, we will send out accurate and timely voter information keeping you fully informed!

House Returns to Take Up Voter Safety in November

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

COLUMBIA, SC – SC Equality is back at the Statehouse as the the House returns today at noon to take up H.5305, the bill amended in the Senate to protect general election voters during the pandemic. The very important positive aspects of the bill are expansion of absentee voting to all qualified electors and provision of an additional two days to process absentee ballots before the election. These changes are crucially important, although they fall short of what we hoped for.

Unfortunately, the Senate bill also introduces confusion into an already-confusing election season by reducing the time available for in-person absentee voting and eliminating existing drop boxes for ballots. We would like to be optimistic that deficiencies in H.5305 can be change by the House,, but realistically the first priority must be getting expanded absentee voting for all and increased time for ballot processing, even if other improvements are not possible.

Expand absentee voting

Additional days for counting ballots

Venues and staff for ALL local polling places

PPE and safety measures for staff and voters

We are there today not only to protect LGBTQ South Carolinians, but also in solidarity with a coalition of organisations pushing for the General Assembly to act to make sure our election in November is Safe! Accessible! and Secure!

Remember that you can follow the floor debate in the House today at noon via live streaming video (click the photo above) and also at www.SCStatehouse.gov, where you will find a dashboard showing bills and amendments under consideration.

Not able to watch live? SC Equality is there and once we know what the House does, we will send out accurate and timely voter information keeping you fully informed!

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