The Democratic Heart of South Carolina.
The Richland County Democratic Party (RCDP) is working to bring political change to South Carolina. From the Women’s March, to #metoo and #neveragain, Democrats and progressives across the country have been awakening to their power to create a more just and better world.
But translating these movements into real change requires winning at the ballot box. This is why the work of the RCDP is so important. We have seen the power of grassroots organizing to build the blue wave that swept over Virginia and Alabama. With over 100,000 Democratic voters, high turn-out in Richland County is key to bringing the blue wave to South Carolina.
In 2018, RCDP is returning to its roots: grassroots. We are organizing to engage Democratic voters and to increase turn-out for elections. High turn-out is key to winning statewide races. Our plan has three parts.
An Ambitious Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) Effort
Traditionally election work has been left until a few weeks leading up to the election. But recruiting volunteers for a large scale initiative requires long-term infrastructure building. RCDP began recruiting GOTV volunteers through events and canvassing shortly after the 2016 election. We have already signed up over 700 GOTV volunteers and we have been contacting voters throughout the county.
A Massive County-Wide Voter Registration Drive
No more playing the hand we are dealt. We need to register new voters so that the voters are more representative of the people. Richland County is an ideal place for voter registration. In 2016, 62% of voters in Richland County, cast a ballot for Hillary Clinton. If Richland County were its own state, it would be more Democratic than Massachusetts! Since the beginning of our voter registration drive, we have registered close to 2,000 voters.
Building an Enduring Party
Richland County Democratic Party is committed to organizing and engaging voters all year, every year, not just at election time. Year round organizing is critical to building and maintaining the infrastructure to win elections. It is also important to maintaining a strong relationship between voters and their elected officials.