South Carolina COVID-19 Election Relief (State)

August 9, 2020

Due to the unprecedented public health crisis posed by COVID-19, we sued South Carolina asking the court to allow those who are practicing social distancing to qualify for absentee voting in the June primary election. Currently, South Carolina election law requires the overwhelming majority of voters in the state to vote in person on election day. This will put millions of voters and poll workers at risk in the primary election and other elections in 2020 during the ongoing crisis. We filed the lawsuit on behalf of individual voters, the South Carolina Democratic Party and the DCCC. Hours after we argued in front of the South Carolina Supreme Court, the state’s lawmakers approved a short-term bill allowing all South Carolina voters to request a mail-in absentee ballot for the June 9 primary.