Columbia, S.C. – This Saturday, November 3rd, the last Saturday of in-person absentee voting in South Carolina, local advocacy group March On-South Carolina will host a nonpartisan GOTV event in Columbia called March on the Polls. This event is part of a nationwide effort by national advocacy organization March On to increase voter turnout and change the culture around voting by engaging the community. The national “March on the Polls’ bus is coming along for the ride. Featured speakers include: John C. Ruoff, the Ruoff Group; co-author, Voting Rights in South Carolina, 1982-2006; Nathaniel Naomi, Director, Center for Social Equity. Invited speakers includes Steve Benjamin, Mayor of Columbia and President, U.S. Conference of Mayors. Others will be announced shortly.
Catherine Fleming Bruce, lead South Carolina organizer for March On and Black Voters Matter stated, “In light of all that has happened this week, the violence and murder, the hatred and the terror, we want to fill Gervais Street with our bodies as a testament to love and resilience, and a firm commitment to leaders and policies that support inclusive respect for all our neighbors. We celebrate our local history of fighting for justice, for equality and inclusion, to ensure voting rights and representation for all in the Palmetto State”.
The polls open at the Richland County Voter Registration Office, 2020 Hampton Street at 9am. Marchers will meet at that location after voting and at 1:00 pm will march to the South Carolina State House, where they will meet and rally at 1:30 at the African American History Monument on the East Grounds located on the Sumter Street side. Voter. The march route is 1.2 miles and is expected to take 25 minutes. The bus will provide rides for participants who are unable to walk. Marchers can also opt to drive directly to the South Carolina State House.
What: A GOTV rally hosted by March On SC, Black Voters Matter South Carolina Initiative and the ACLU.
Where: 2020 Hampton St. Columbia, SC 20204
March Plan: Vote from Noon-1:00 then March to the African American monument on the east grounds of the South Carolina State House.