SOUTH CAROLINA REPUBLICAN PARTY STATE COMMITTEE UNANIMOUSLY CALLS FOR A PARTISAN VOTER REGISTRATION OPTION ON VOTER REGISTRATION FORMS
At its most recent meeting, the South Carolina Republican Party State Executive Committee unanimously passed a resolution calling for a partisan voter registration option on voter registration forms in South Carolina.
The resolution calls on the South Carolina General Assembly to pass legislation that would add appropriate check-boxes to voter registration forms enabling voters to choose to affiliate with a political party if they wish when they register to vote or update their registration.
“Simply put, it’s a freedom of association issue”, said South Carolina Republican Party State Chairman Drew McKissick. “South Carolinians should have the freedom to associate themselves with the political party of their choice when they register to vote.”
“In a day when there is so much apathy about politics and antipathy towards government, political parties need to be able to do a better job connecting with and engaging like-minded individuals in the political process.”
“The proposal of simply adding appropriate check-boxes to the existing voter registration process would greatly increase the ability of like-minded voters and political parties to connect with one-another. Our current voter registration system makes that unduly difficult”, McKissick said.
“We look forward to working with members of the legislature to promote a solution in the upcoming legislative session.”
McKissick has appointed a Partisan Registration Committee of local SCGOP officials and activists to promote the party’s efforts on behalf of the legislation.
RESOLUTION COPIED BELOW…
WHEREAS identifying like-minded individuals is a fundamental prerequisite of good political organization and long-term political success; and
WHEREAS a partisan registration option on voter registration forms would greatly increase the number of like-minded South Carolinians that the SCGOP would be able to more readily enlist in party organization, fundraising and campaign efforts; and
WHEREAS voters should be afforded the opportunity to freely associate themselves with the political party of their choice, as well as be able to indicate that affiliation when they register to vote or update their registration;
BE IT RESOLVED that the South Carolina Republican Party Executive Committee calls on the South Carolina General Assembly to pass legislation to alter our state’s voter registration forms to include appropriate check-boxes allowing voters to indicate their partisan affiliation when they register to vote, and enabling political parties to pursue encouraging voters to update their voter registration with such an affiliation; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the SCGOP’s Partisan Voter Registration Committee should work to coordinate efforts to accomplish this goal by working to encourage county Republican Party organizations, auxiliary groups and conservative grassroots organizations across South Carolina to join together to promote such legislation.