Feb. 7, 2020 – A record 55 Charleston School of Law students piled into a third floor classroom on February 6 for Election Protection training. The nonpartisan program is one of the largest voter protection efforts in the country. Election Protection works to ensure those eligible to vote are able to do so, it collects data on current obstacles facing voters, and it sets out to deter fraud resulting from irregularities and innocent administrative errors. The program is powered by volunteers from all walks of life.
The main job of Election Protection volunteers is to spot issues at polling locations and report those issues to attorneys who will intervene on behalf of voters, if necessary. Locally, American Civil Liberties Union of South Carolina Legal Director Susan Dunn leads the training. The record number of Charleston Law students who completed it will monitor the Democratic primary election on Saturday, February 29, and are now eligible to monitor future elections, as well. There is no Republican primary this year because the South Carolina Republican Party decided not to hold one in 2020.
There is one additional Election Protection volunteer training before the February 29 primary on Saturday, February 15, at the Charleston County Public Library, Main Branch from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. While the future lawyers from Charleston Law may earn pro bono credit for their service, anyone can be an Election Protection volunteer. Because the program is nonpartisan, volunteers are required to sign a document confirming they will not wear any partisan clothing or act in a partisan manner on Election Day. For more information contact ACLU Legal Director Susan Dunn at SDunn@ACLUSC.org or Shantel Middleton firstname.lastname@example.org.