SOUTH CAROLINA (WFXG) - South Carolina's election day "I Voted" stickers have undergone a makeover just in time for next week's Democratic and Republican primaries, according to the non-profit Palmetto Project.
"Voting is something South Carolina does really well, and it should be celebrated," said Steve Skardon, the organization's executive director. The statewide organization has provided the iconic election souvenirs to precinct managers for over thirty years.
"The new design has a bit more of South Carolina in it, including a white crescent on a blue field and an image of the state with a red check mark," he said. The new design also features a social media address that will allow you to share your Election Day photos on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. We will also be using #IVotedSC.
"The message is that voting is more than an individual act, but something we do together as South Carolinians who belong to a wider community," Skardon said.
For most of the 20th century, the state ranked 50th – dead last – in voter turnout, and that dismal statistic is what inspired the creation of the Palmetto Project in 1984.
Through its continuing Palmetto Voter Project, the organization has created registration drives, election day turnout events, and statewide advocacy for election reform.
In 2004, for the first time in the state's history, a majority of eligible South Carolinians actually voted in a Presidential election. That has remained consistent ever since, with our state routinely ranking in the mid-thirties among the others.
According to Skardon, "Much of our success is due to an independent and creative state election commission, and 46 county election and registration boards. Their commitment to counting every vote and making voting as accessible as possible has made it easy to participate."