FLORENCE, S.C. – Florence County Election Commission Executive Director David Alford is expected to address the Florence County Republican Party this evening.
Alford is expected to provide a general overview of the 2020 election calendar. He added that the calendar is not yet finalized, so he will use an estimated calendar.
The advance material for the meeting indicates Alford will speak about ballot harvesting.
However, Alford said he will stay away from that topic, because ballot harvesting is illegal in South Carolina. He added South Carolina has ways to help those who cannot return a ballot in a traditional way.
Also known as ballot harvesting, voter harvesting is the process of collecting and submitting absentee ballots by volunteers.
Ballot harvesting is alleged to have swung several 2018 elections to Democrats in California and was allegedly used in a North Carolina Congressional District election in 2018, triggering a special election in 2019.
Absentee balloting means casting a vote prior to the date of an election.
In South Carolina, one can cast an absentee ballot for 17 reasons, including members of the Armed Forces and their dependents, persons serving with the American Red Cross or USO, citizens living overseas, the physically disabled, students attending school outside of their residential county, persons working on election day, persons taking vacation on election day, those serving on jury duty, those in the hospital within four days of the election, those with a death or funeral within three days of the election, those serving in jail, those attending the physically sick or disabled, poll workers and election officials and those who are 65 and older.
The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Floyd Conference Center, located on the campus of MUSC Health-Florence Medical Center. There usually are snacks available, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The meetings are free to attend.