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Sumter voting advocacy group promotes absentee ballots

BY SHELBIE GOULDING
shelbie@theitem.com
Posted 6/4/20

To celebrate its 100 years of service, the League of Women Voters of Sumter County is maintaining social distance as members reach out to the community to promote absentee voting for the June 9 primary election.

"Voting is what the league is all …

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Sumter voting advocacy group promotes absentee ballots

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To celebrate its 100 years of service, the League of Women Voters of Sumter County is maintaining social distance as members reach out to the community to promote absentee voting for the June 9 primary election.

"Voting is what the league is all about," said Dee Woodward, president of the league. "If they want their voice to be heard, they need to vote."

With the pandemic, many community members may not want to attend the official election on Tuesday, so members of the league are helping the public vote absentee to keep the in-person crowds down and stay safe, as well as vote for a candidate of their choosing.

On top of voting absentee, Woodward said league members are also encouraging the public to complete their 2020 census questionnaire.

"When we're talking to them, we're telling them to make sure they get their census done because it brings money into Sumter," she said.

The League of Women Voters is contacting community members via telephone and social media, and some are even meeting in person to help a fellow citizen complete the ballot and census.

For example, Woodward said she took her computer to a person's house to help the person fill out an application and ballot, as the person didn't own a computer or have a way to vote in person for the primary election.

"Sometimes you have to go the extra mile," Woodward said. "We just need more people to help with it, and that's why we said, 'Each One, Teach One.'"