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USC, student organizations encourage voter registration on campus as primaries approach

The South Carolina Democratic primary is coming up on Feb. 29. In order to vote in this primary, voters must register by Jan. 30.

For students that can't make it home to vote, there is the option for an absentee ballot, which allows people to vote without having to go to the polls. Students must request an absentee ballot for the South Carolina primary by Feb. 25.

Students can register to vote by going to uofsc.turbovote.org. This site allows students to register to vote and apply for an absentee ballot and also sends reminders about elections.

Following the South Carolina primary is Super Tuesday on March 3, when multiple states will have their primaries, including Alabama, North Carolina and Virginia. For information about other states' primaries, go to www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/.

On Jan. 21, the Civic Learning Education and Action Team (CLEAT) held a voter registration drive. According to the Leadership and Service Center website, CLEAT is "committed to enhancing year-round civic education and action on our campus."

"[M]y goal is to increase civic engagement on campus through nonpartisan events and initiatives," Caroline Kaplan, a member of CLEAT, said in an email interview.

Kaplan had advice for students planning to vote by absentee ballot.

"Students casting absentee ballots should make sure they mail back their ballots promptly because [if] a ballot arrives too late, it won't be counted. Additionally, students must sign their absentee ballot, or it won't be counted," Kaplan said.

Another voter registration drive is scheduled for Jan. 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Greene Street.

More information about elections and voting in South Carolina, which is managed by the South Carolina State Election Commission, can be found at www.scvotes.org.


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