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SEC Resolution of Thanks and Appreciation

Whereas, the mission of the S.C. State Election Commission is to ensure every eligible citizen has the opportunity to register to vote and participate in fair and impartial elections with the assurance that every vote will count; and

Whereas, the State of South Carolina faced extraordinary challenges conducting the 2020 Statewide Primaries and General Election due to the COVID-19 pandemic; and

Whereas, county and state election officials along with our valuable agency partners worked tirelessly under unprecedented circumstances to develop and enact plans to provide safe and accessible registration and voting opportunities for every citizen; and

Whereas, a record 2,533,000 South Carolinians exercised their right to vote in the 2020 General Election; and

Whereas, a record 892,000 voters cast in-person absentee ballots, far-surpassing the record of 370,000; and

Whereas, a record 441,000 voters cast by-mail absentee ballots, far-surpassing the record of 133,000; and

Whereas, more than 20,000 South Carolinians volunteered to serve as poll workers amidst a pandemic, wore personal protective equipment, applied social distancing, and kept polling places operating in a safe and efficient manner; and 

Whereas, poll workers and county and state election officials conducted the 2020 General Election using a new statewide voting system and a new electronic poll book system; and

Whereas, all involved displayed unwavering dedication to free and fair elections and made the necessary sacrifices to ensure the 2020 General Election was conducted in a nonpartisan, impartial, transparent, efficient, secure and accurate manner;

Now, therefore, be it resolved that the S.C. State Election Commission hereby offers its sincere appreciation and gratitude to the voters and our election heroes for their work and accomplishments under extraordinary and unprecedented circumstances in the preservation of our democracy; and further, that this resolution be duly recorded in the minutes of the State Election Commission on this 18th day of November in the year 2020.