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The South Carolina election commission (SCVotes.org) is mailing postcards to approximately 950,000 South Carolina residents this week encouraging them to register to vote in the upcoming November elections.

According to a news release from the agency, the postcards were already in the works as part of the Palmetto State’s membership in the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC).  This organization “uses motor vehicle, voter registration, and Social Security Administration data to improve the accuracy of voter registration lists.”  Membership in the organization requires each state to reach out by mail to residents who are likely eligible (but not registered) to vote – letting them know how and when to register.

“While the mailing was already planned, the timing was fortunate in that it allows us to directly notify unregistered citizens that the voter registration deadline has been extended to October 17,” said Marci Andino, SCVotes’ executive director.  “We want every eligible person in South Carolina to have the opportunity to register by October 17.”

South Carolina’s voter registration deadline was extended by ten days in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, which brought record flooding to parts of the Palmetto State in recent weeks.

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Andino’s agency compiled the mailing list for these postcards by comparing the state’s voter registration rolls with a list of drivers’ licenses and state identification cards compiled by the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV).  Some registered voters may receive the postcards in error, Andino said, but recipients who receive the card and are already registered “should not be alarmed.”

“The card invites any voter who believes they are registered to check their registration online at SCVotes.org or by calling their county voter registration office,” Andino said.

Do we believe there is a point to voting (i.e. choosing the “red pill” or the “blue pill”)?  Not really, but a lot of people do … and the SCVotes.org mailing comes at a time when partisanship has clearly reached a new apex in our nation.

So our guess is this mailing will prompt plenty of new (or renewed) registrations …

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