Jaime Harrison’s Courage Can Beat Trump’s Graham

Jaime Harrison is the most audacious politician we know.  He has had the courage to step into the Colosseum with Trump’s Lion of the Senate, Lindsay Graham.  And we need Jaime to win, because there is no greater sycophant than Graham, who finds nothing wrong with Trump’s abuse of power, racism, and misogyny.  And Jaime is doing it, matching Graham dollar for dollar in contributions and spending them wisely. Without taking any special interest money from PACs, polls show him within the margin of error. In a wave election, Jaime could obliterate Graham.

How many renters are probably unregistered in South Carolina?  According to the US Census, there are 5.149 million citizens in South Carolina, over 3,769,000 of whom are over 18 and eligible to vote.  Since 31% of the population in South Carolina are renters, that means over 1 million eligible voters are renters.  Past census figures have shown usually only 50% of renters are registered, so over half a million unregistered renters may account for a big part of the 1,933,000 South Carolinians who did not vote in 2018.

Why should I start a RegisterRenters program today?  There is very little time to register voters in South Carolina.  The deadline for registrations in the state is Monday, October 5 and there are at least 1.5 million eligible South Carolina voters who need to be registered before the next election.  If you want to see the full details on the RegisterRenters program, click here.  However, the following is more information about voter registration in South Carolina that you might find useful, especially if you have good social media resources.  If you want to get lots of people started right now, please embed the link to this page in your Facebook page, send a Tweet, an Instagram post or any other favorite media.  Or you can simply use the links on this page.

Can renters register online in South Carolina?  Although the process is a little intimidating, the fastest way to register is to go to the South Carolina Secretary of State voter registration website.  You can have them click here.  However, about 20% of homes in South Carolina do not have web connections, and this probably applies to many of the unregistered voters who are renters.  Again, this year all voter registrations, including re-registrations for those who have moved, must be completed and received by Monday, October 5.  Online registrations MUST be completed by Sunday, October 4.

Mail in ballots in South Carolina?   As of this post, absentee voting in South Carolina is very limited, although Covid19 may change this situation and become a “universal excuse.”  Otherwise, the following are a current list of reasons for requesting an absentee ballot.  Check HERE.

  • Members of the Armed Forces and Merchant Marine (click here for additional information)
    • Persons serving with the American Red Cross or with the United Service Organizations (USO) who are attached to and serving with the Armed Forces outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them (click here for additional information)
    • Persons who are physically disabled (includes illnesses and injuries)
    • Students attending school outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them
    • Persons who for reasons of employment will not be able to vote on election day
    • Government employees serving outside their county of residence on Election Day and their spouses and dependents residing with them
    • Persons who plan to be on vacation outside their county of residence on Election Day
    • Persons serving as a juror in state or federal court on Election Day
    • Persons admitted to the hospital as emergency patients on Election Day or within a four-day period before the election
    • Persons with a death or funeral in the family within three days before the election
    • Persons confined to a jail or pre-trial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial
    • Persons attending sick or physically disabled persons
    • Certified poll watchers, poll managers, and county election officials working on Election Day
    • Persons sixty-five years of age or older

Should I start an official VRD (voter registration drive)?  There are some differences between RegisterRenters and a regulated VRD.  RegisterRenters is an educational program distributing literature and therefore protected by the First Amendment. Well funded campaigns may prefer to use volunteers or hire solicitors, where legal, and train them to help voters complete an official voter registration form, which some states permit the solicitor to retain and deliver to the official voter registration site.  This enables the solicitor to be paid for each registration, where this is legal.  It also enables the campaign to make a photocopy of the voter’s registration form, where this is legal.  However, most official voter registration drives rely on person-to-person contact—difficult with Covid19.  They also usually mandate significant training, and involve substantial fines for any failures, including failure to deliver every voter registration form on time.  Several Republicans in Nevada were sent to jail for destroying voter registration forms of Democrats. In all, the cost per VRD registration might be at least $10, or an estimated $69 in the official Florida drive, while RegisterRenters cost is a usually a dollar a vote—a fraction of regulated drives, and without direct contact, so it is safer with COVID19.   The link to the most current Guidelines for official Voter Registration Drives can be found at HERE.

Where are the main concentrations of unregistered voters in South Carolina?  Over half of the population, and probably most of the renters of South Carolina live in one of five Metropolitan Statistical Areas : near Greenville, Augusta, Columbia, Charleston and Florence.  Other college towns are very important, too.  And South Carolina has important rural counties where African-Americans constitute a large group that has been traditionally discouraged from registering to vote. 

RegisterRenters has never ignored the potential unregistered voters in rural areas, but the costs per voter can be higher, and the proportion of progressive voters may be lower.  This is not to mean RegisterRenters does not value these voters, but they must be targeted in local campaigns. 

RegisterRenter began with a very successful focus on local campaigns for legislative candidates in Colorado.  Since we began in 2004, we have helped win, sustain and increase majorities in both Colorado houses, even though our efforts have been declining as the ColoradoHouseMajorityProject has become stronger, the Dems SenateMajorityFund has become successful, and we have elected a very progressive Governor.

If you support RegisterRenters or similar organizations on the local level, you will see your rural areas increasingly represented by caring, progressive candidates and office holders in your legislatures, your counties, cities and school districts.  But it takes time and commitment.  We can only hope we have the time.

How can we learn more about Jaime Harrison, the courageous Senate candidate?   Having good candidates is the most important element of politics.  If we had more candidates like Jaime Harrison, we would certainly have a better country.  You can find his site here:  www.jaimeharrison.com

Jaime shows off his new son, William

By clicking on the site, you can learn more about Jaime Harrison, his positions, his past, and how you can help.  While you are on his site, we encourage you to volunteer, to make a contribution, and to link his site to your social media.