URGENT! Change in venue for this Saturday’s breakfast meeting!

Hello Greenwood Democrats,
 
As most of you know we have had some crowding issues with our regular monthly meetings at the Inn on the Square.
It was of particular concern to me with our upcoming meeting this Saturday because of the topics to be covered.Our special guests on the topic of Real ID and the introducing to you of one of the Democratic candidates for SC House Seat 14. I was concerned if we would be overcrowded. I checked with Tom at the Inn concerning the larger Dining Room and the cost was more than I felt we could come up with at this time.
 
After working with one of our most loyal members, Mrs. Barbara Jackson, we were able to secure a meeting place for the party at Lander University.
 
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU ALL NOTIFY EVERYONE YOU KNOW OF THE CHANGE OF VENUE FOR SATURDAY’S MONTHLY MEETING, FEBRUARY 2ND, We WILL BE IN THE DINING ROOM (CAFETERIA) OF LANDER UNIVERSITY.
 
THE DAWSON ROOM IS JUST OF THE MAIN DINING ROOM , THE COST OF YOU MEAL WILL BE $7.17 FOR ANYTHING YOU WANT TO EAT.
PLEASE PAY AT THE REGISTER BEFORE ENTERING THE DINING HALL.
Charles Lewis
Chair
GWCDP
 
I am looking forward to seeing each of you on Saturday and I do sincerely hope you enjoy your new experience.
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Important Legislative Information- TAKE ACTION

Two positive developments from this last week are:

1) SC Election Commission Executive Director Marci Andino told a Senate judiciary subcommittee that all the voting systems available for the state to purchase have a paper trail (see the article on this below). State Sen. Thomas McElveen, D-Sumter, has drafted a bill requiring the purchase of electronic voting machines that produce a paper audit trail: S 0183. It is currently in the Senate Finance Committee, of which Sen Floyd Nicholson is a member.  A similar bill has been drafted in the house: H 3302 (Bernstein, Finlay, Rutherford, Rose, Brawley, Cleburne, Magnuson, Cobb-Hunter and Henegan). It is currently in the House Ways and Means Committee.

2) The bills addressing creating an independent commission for reapportioning legislative districts every 10 years (3044 and 3054) have had their first readings in the House Judiciary Committee, of which our Rep John McCravy is a member.

We all need to contact Senator Nicholson (803-212-6000) to request his support for funding electronic voting machines with paper trails (S 0183) and Representative McCravy (803-212-6939) to request his support for an independent commission for reapportionment (H 3044 & H 3054).

 

SC Election Commission: New statewide voting system will have paper trail

The head of the South Carolina Election Commission said the state’s new upgraded voting system will have paper ballots which offer tangible evidence of votes.

      University of South Carolina computer science professor Dr. Duncan Buell testifies on voting systems before a Senate subcommittee (Source: SCETV)

“Let me say up front South Carolina’s next voting system will have a paper record of every vote that is cast,” she told the subcommittee.

 The commission is seeking state approval of its plans to purchase a new statewide voting system. Requests for Proposals were issued in December. Andino expects the new system to be in place by January 1, 2020.

 “There’s not a system that’s being marketed today that doesn’t have a paper ballot,” she said. “So that’s exactly where we’re headed. Every system that is certified for use and being marketed has a paper record of every vote that’s cast.”

 University of South Carolina computer science professor and election data expert Dr. Duncan Buell said while the rest of the world is going paperless, elections need a paper trail. South Carolina has been using a paperless voting system for nearly two decades.

 “We need to remove as much technology from the election process as possible because all the technology that has been put into the process in the next 18 years or so has been shown to be way lower in quality than what I think the electorate has the right to expect,” Buell said.

Buell was asked to present his expertise on voting systems to the subcommittee by the League of Women Voters.

The subcommittee was discussing two bills related to elections, one requiring voting machines to produce a paper receipt or ballot and another regarding post-election audits.

State Sen. Thomas McElveen, D-Sumter, drafted the bill requiring paper ballots.

We get one chance probably, to get it right for the next possibly two decades,” he said. “So we need to make sure we do it in a way that gives our constituents and our voters confidence that their votes are being counted. They can go back and be checked if there’s an error or some sort of event that would warrant an audit.”

But State Sen. Michael Gambrell, R-Anderson, questioned if legislation was necessary to establish standards for voting machines when they will be part of the final budget.

“Do we need this bill or a budget proviso?” he asked.

McElveen and subcommittee chair Chip Campsen, R-Charleston, agreed.

“It’s really difficult to interject legislation into the procurement process,” Campsen said. “I really think it’s an executive branch function.”

The subcommittee voted to carry over the bills.

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From the Desk of the Chair

Greetings Greenwood County Democrats,
 
As we move closer to 2020, we must revisit the issue of Real ID. Some of you have already taken care of this. For those of you who have not and wish to become better informed, I have invited a representative from the SC Department of Motor Vehicles to be the special guest speaker at our February Breakfast Meeting. Our country, and indeed our world, have changed in that we have to take precautions we never had to worry about before. Due to the need to keep us safe, our Department of Homeland Security has issued mandates to the states to have citizens update their driver’s licenses. Once you have done so, you will not need extra documentation when flying within the country, entering a federal building, or many other circumstances.
 
I know you have many questions: What is a Real ID? When can I get a Real ID? What do I need to get a Real ID? Come get the answers to those questions and more from someone who knows. Please invite family and or friends to come get informed.
 
I have also invited Garrett McDaniel, one of the Democratic candidates for SC House Seat 14. Mr. McDaniel will introduce himself and present his platform to you.
 
Looking forward to seeing you February 2nd at our monthly breakfast meeting.
 
Charles Lewis
Chair
GWCDP
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Monthly Meeting

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone in the New Year! Our first breakfast meeting of 2019 will be this Saturday, January 5th, at our usual time of 9 AM. We will be meeting at our old haunt of the Inn on the Square. Our guest speaker will be Mayor Brandon Smith. We will also be auctioning off one of the pieces of fabulous original art we were unable to get to at the Carnell-Drummond Dinner.

Mayor Brandon Smith (picture from Index-Journal website: indexjournal.com)

 

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you and yours from the Greenwood County Democratic Party!

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