2012 Elections: Educating the Charleston, SC Community

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2012 Elections: What YOU Need to Know:

2012 Elections: What YOU Need to Know

What elections are we talking about?:

What elections are we talking about? November 6 th , 2012 National, state, and local elections will be held on this day If you are 18 years or older and meet the requirements, you have the opportunity to vote for your local and state officials, as well as the President of the United States! In order to do so, you must register to vote prior to the elections

Okay, I want to vote but I don’t know how to register!:

Okay, I want to vote but I don’t know how to register! You must be a citizen of the United States You must be 18 years of age or older You must be a resident of the precinct in which you register to vote You must be mentally competent You cannot be confined in any public prison, convicted of committing a crime If you have been convicted of a felony, or an offense against election laws, you must have served your entire sentence (including probation or parole) or you must be pardoned before you can vote agai n If you meet all of these requirements, you are eligible to vote, and can fill out a Voter Registration Application: Print out an application online and mail it to your county’s Board of Voter Registration, along with a copy of the proper ID or documents An alternative is to visit your local DMV and fill out the application there, make sure to bring the correct ID For more information, and a link to the application visit http://www.dmv.org/sc-south-carolina/voter-registration.php

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REMEMBER, YOU MUST REGISTER AT LEAST 30 DAYS PRIOR TO THE ELECTION!

Now, Who is Running for President? Candidates for the Republican Nomination:

Now, Who is Running for President? Candidates for the Republican Nomination Newt Gingrich Former U.S. Speaker of the House Representative from Georgia, opposes health insurance mandates, pledges to secure the southern border and regulate immigration laws, plans to shrink the Department of Education and return the power to the states Mitt Romney Former Governor of Massachusetts, plans to reduce both individual and corporate taxes, opposes Obamacare , encourages development of U.S. carbon-based energy resources, pledges to reduce government spending, and a free enterprise labor policy Ron Paul U.S. Representative from Texas, Pro-life stance on topic of abortion, refuses to raise the debt ceiling any further, opposes unnecessary regulations on small businesses, wants to remove federal restrictions on coal and nuclear power Rick Santorum Former U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, defends 2 nd Amendment rights, wants to create more American-based jobs to support the economy, wants stronger enforcement of illegal pornography policies, against gay marriage, focuses on securing the U.S. borders T he above-listed are the top 4 contenders, but the following candidates have active campaigns as well: Fred Karger , Kathyern Lane, Andy Martin, Jimmy McMillan, Tom Miller, Buddy Roemer, Matt Snyder, Vern Wuensche

President Barack Obama:

President Barack Obama 44 th president of the United States Elected in 2008 Ended the war in Iraq Repealed the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy Working to restore middle-class security, supports domestic manufacturing, pushing for health care reforms in order to provide more Americans with insurance, increases in financial aid and scholarships for students, has advocated for tax reforms by cutting middle-class taxes and increasing taxes for the top 2% of Americans

All Other Presidential Candidates:

All Other Presidential Candidates There are many others in the running for the presidency, some members of the Libertarian party, some for the Democrats, others independents To find out more about these candidates, as well as the previously-mentioned ones, visit http://2012.presidential-candidates.org/

The U.S. Senate- What is it?:

The U.S. Senate- What is it? Upper House of the United States Congress FEDERAL GOVERNMENT Comprised of 100 senators, 2 representing each of the 50 states, regardless of population Senators serve staggered, unlimited six-year terms Currently 53 Democrats and 47 Republicans

South Carolina’s U.S. Senators:

South Carolina’s U.S. Senators There is no election in 2012 for South Carolina’s U.S. senators, but these are the two incumbents representing you: Jim DeMint Junior Senator, member of the Republican Party, has been a member of the Senate since 2005, member of the Tea Party Caucus, arguably one of the most conservative members of the Senate, adamantly against abortion, opposed health reform legislation, against gay marriage, opposes federal spending increases, supports school prayer, rejects amnesty and has fought for stronger border security enforcement For information on other issues, visit http://www.demint.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=KeyIssues Lindsey Graham Senior Senator, member of the Republican Party, has been a member of the Senate since 2002, opposed health reform legislation, supports constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, encourages more prisons, more enforcement and an effective death penalty, supports a comprehensive immigration reform, wants the U.S. to move towards being energy-independent For information on other issues, visit http://lgraham.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=IssueStatements.KeyIssues

What about the U.S. House of Representatives?:

What about the U.S. House of Representatives? Lower House of the United States Congress FEDERAL GOVERNMENT Comprised of a total of 435 voting members Each state is represented in proportion to its population, with a minimum of 1 representative Congressmen serve 2 year terms, can be reelected Currently 192 Democrats and 242 Republicans South Carolina currently is divided into 6 districts, with a total of 6 representatives In the 2012 election, a 7 th district will be added to South Carolina

South Carolina’s U.S. Congressmen:

South Carolina’s U.S. Congressmen In the 2012 election, voters will elect 7 candidates to serve in the U.S. House, one from each of the 7 congressional districts The filing deadline for those wishing to run is March 30 th , and the primary elections will be held on June 12 th The current Congressmen of South Carolina are: Tim Scott, Republican, District 1 Joe Wilson, Republican, District 2 Jeff Duncan, Republican, District 3 Trey Gowdy , Republican, District 4 Michael Mulvaney , Republican, District 5 James Clyburn, Democrat, District 6

Spotlighting Charleston’s District: Tim Scott, Congressional District 1:

Spotlighting Charleston’s District: Tim Scott, Congressional District 1 Congressional District 1 covers a number of counties, including most of Charleston County No Democratic candidates have declared an intent to run yet, but Tim Scott is the incumbent of this district Tim Scott Against government takeover of healthcare, wants to explore proven energy reserves and keep energy prices low, opposes same-sex marriage, favors the absolute right to gun ownership, against federal funding of abortions, opposes a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants, wants to work towards energy independence, focuses on recruiting new jobs to South Carolina

South Carolina State Senate:

South Carolina State Senate Upper House in the S.C. state legislature Consists of 46 senators, each from his/her own single member district Elections held every 4 years, no limit on number of terms that can be served In the 2012 election, all 46 seats will be up for election The South Carolina Primary election will be held Tuesday, June 12, 2012- REGISTER BY MAY 13 th Currently comprised of 19 Democrats and 27 Republicans For the names of the current candidates for all 46 districts, visit http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/South_Carolina_State_Senate_elections,_2012

George Campsen, District 43: Covering Downtown Charleston:

George Campsen , District 43: Covering Downtown Charleston George Campsen Republican member of the South Carolina State Senate since 2004 Previously was a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1996 through 2002 43 rd district incumbent (includes the downtown Charleston area) Against public funding for abortions, supports education, environment, and law enforcement funding, opposes same-sex marriage, does not agree with the removal of the Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds, supports reducing state government regulations on the private sector

South Carolina’s House of Representatives:

South Carolina’s House of Representatives Lower House in the S.C. state legislature Consists of 124 representatives, each representing a single member district 2 year terms, no limit on number of terms allowed to serve All 124 seats will be up for election in the 2012 election Currently comprised of 48 Democrats and 76 Republicans For the names of the current candidates for all 124 districts, visit http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/South_Carolina_House_of_Representatives

Harry Limehouse, District 110: Covering Downtown Charleston:

Harry Limehouse , District 110: Covering Downtown Charleston Harry Limehouse Republican member of the South Carolina House of Representatives since 1994 District 110 incumbent (Berkeley and Charleston Counties) Endorsed Rick Perry in the 2012 presidential election Goals include lowering tax burdens on working families, keeping government spending down, strengthening South Carolina’s economy by supporting the existing business culture and creating new jobs, supports education reforms

What are some issues to think about before the 2012 election? :

What are some issues to think about before the 2012 election? Tax reforms Public school funding Job security measures Medicare and Medicaid Same-sex marriage Birth control coverage mandate

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Now that you have all of the information you need about the upcoming elections, GO OUT THERE AND MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT!