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The Advocates: Primaries Matter Most, Vote June 12

WRITTEN BY lclark 2 months ago

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Your vote always counts, but it means even more in primary elections. Consider these turnout stats from the past three Democratic and Republican primary cycles:

Percent of registered voters that cast a primary ballot:

County201620142012
Berkeley5.2%16.3%4.4%
Charleston7.7%11.4%3.4%
Dorchester14.8%13.2%12.0%

That’s right, on average less than 10% of the registered electorate in our region decide which candidates voters will see on the ballot in November for local, state and federal elected positions.

 

Now consider that 6 out of the 15 county council seats across Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties up for election in 2018 will be decided entirely by the outcome of the primary next week. Incumbents in four additional seats face no challenge in either the primary or the general election, which means a full two-thirds of elections for county council will be decided before the first ballot is cast this November.

In the primaries, a couple hundred votes count… a lot!

On Tuesday, June 12, every voter in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties has the opportunity to vote for their preferred candidate for Governor, U.S. House, State House and many other critical elected seats. Block time on your calendar and go vote!

Not sure which candidate best reflects your values and shares your perspective on issues?

The Charleston Metro Chamber Political Action Committee (CMCC PAC) has collected surveys and conducted in-person interviews to understand candidates’ views on issues like infrastructure investment, housing, land use and planning. They have endorsed candidates in key county council races who align with the Chamber’s priorities.

Learn more about CMCC PAC endorsements:


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