Palmetto Project Mobilizes a New Generation of Election Officials & Voters
Today South Carolinians can expect the most accurate, and efficient elections we’ve ever had. Just as important is the recruitment of a new generation of South Carolinians to run election and manage polling places in all 46 counties.
The South Carolina Young Voters Initiative is aimed squarely at increasing the participation of young people in elections in our state by encouraging voter registration, education, and awareness. We are using new social networking sites and other means of communications to engage young people in shaping our state’s future through the ballot box. We are also working with political candidates to utilize new technologies and methods that have proven effective in reaching younger voters.
With a grant from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, we are also recruiting and training young people to serve as poll managers and election officials in all 46 counties.
- Between 2004 and 2008, the number of South Carolina voters under age 25 doubled. By 2012, it is likely to double again.
- South Carolina is willing to compensate citizens as young as 16 to work at the polls, where they are proving to be excellent poll managers.
- In 2010, more than 400 young people served as first-time poll managers thanks to our Young Voters Project. Most said they will continue to work in future elections.