Beaufort County Democratic Party
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The BCDP is looking for volunteers to serve as precinct officers, candidates interested in running for office, people to host fundraisers, among other activities. If you are interested in volunteering, please click on the link above and tell us about your interest area. Thank you.
NEWS AND EVENTS
Join a Democratic Club in Your Area
There are four membership clubs in the Beaufort County Democratic Party that facilitate Democrats and those interested in Democratic politics to meet on a regular basis, be educated by engaging speakers, and participate in social activities.
To find out more about these Clubs, their activities, and how to join as a member, please click the appropriate link below. Each Club maintains its own membership e-mail list, Facebook page, and website separate from the BCDP. The Presidents of each of these clubs participate as active members of the Executive Committee of the BCDP.
Democratic Club - North of the Broad
Thursday, October 17 – NOB Democratic Club meeting, 7:00 pm, at the Grand Army Hall, 706 Newcastle Street, Beaufort. Special speaker: Ashley Jacobs, Beaufort County Administrator.
Democratic Club - Bluffton
Thursday, October 17, 6:00 - 7:30 - Social Session. Fat Patties in Bluffton.
Wednesday, November 6, 6:00 - 7:30 - Business Meeting. Buckwalter Recreation Center in Bluffton.
October 19th, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. 25th Anniversary Celebration at the Yacht Club of Hilton Head.
Tuesday, October 15, 6:30 - 7:30. Discussion of Beaufort County School Board Referendum and presentation by Democratic Senate Candidate Richard Hricik and potential Senate Candidate Nathan Campbell.
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BCDP Names 2020 Local Candidate Identification and Vetting Committee
BCDP announces the creation of a new Candidate Recruitment Committee for the 2020 Elections cycle. The Candidate Recruitment Committee is responsible for the recruitment of candidates for the SC State Legislature, County Councils, Mayor and Town Councils, school boards, and other elected offices in Beaufort County (partisan and nonpartisan offices).
Our 2020 goal as a County Party is to identify Democratic candidates for all the partisan positions in the county. If you are interested in running for office or just want to find out more about what is involved in running for political office, please contact one of the following Committee members found at this link:
BCDP Strong Showing at the South Carolina Democratic Convention
Beaufort County Democrats made a strong showing at the SCDP Convention held in Columbia, SC on June 10. With a full delegation of 57 representatives from the County as well as alternates and guests, delegates were able to hear from 22 of the Democratic Presidential candidates as well as Representatives Joe Cunningham (D-SC) and Jim Clyburn (D-SC) and local representatives in the South Carolina legislature. Pictures from this momentous occasion are accessible here and a blog post reviewing the highlight os the convention is available here.
Early Absentee Voting Opens October 14
On November 5 voters will elect Bluffton Town Council members and mayor (in Button), and approve or disapprove the Beaufort School Referendum (all County). You may vote early absentee if you are unable to vote on November 5th due to work, travel, school, caregiving responsibilities, or if you are over age 65.
To vote absentee:
Request an absentee ballot now, online or by phone (843) 255-6900 (no later than October 18).
Vote in person at either the Beaufort or Bluffton offices (through November 4) - (open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., closed 1-2 p.m.)
Bluffton Office – 61B Ulmer Road, Bluffton SC 29910 (843-255-6940)
Beaufort Office – 15 John Galt Rd, Beaufort, SC 29910 (843-255-6900)
Vote in person on Election Day, November 5
Bring a valid form of photo ID.
BCDP Endorses Question 1 and 2 of School Board Referendum
Trivia Fun with the BCDP
Join your friends at the BCDP for an afternoon of trivia and tacos. Calling All Political Trivia Experts (that's you) -- The BCDP is hosting a Political Trivia afternoon on November 10 from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM at Las Palmas. Gather your team together (no more than six) - come up with a name - and brush up on your political knowledge. The cost per person is $25.00 and includes a bottomless Taco Bar and soft drinks. Wine and Beer are available from a cash bar.
Purchase your tickets at the following link:
and show your fellow Democrats that you are the political trivia champion.
Upcoming Democratic President Visits
The BCDP will make every effort to advise local Democrats of visits by the Democratic candidates for Presidents. Although many of these events are sponsored by the BCDP, it does not imply endorsement. The focus of the BCDP is to provide opportunities for all voters to become educated about all of the candidates for President.
Many of the Presidential candidates have hired local organizers focused on Beaufort County. Many of them have local offices and need volunteers for staffing their offices, canvassing, and phone banking. For more information about these opportunities and contact information, please click on this link:
BCDP Gears Up for 2020 Elections
The Beaufort County Democratic Party is preparing for the 2020 elections. The South Carolina Presidential Democratic Primary will take place on February 29, 2020, followed by the regular Democratic Primary on June 9 and the General Election on November 3, 2020.
Each Democratic Club that is part of the BCDP is responsible for organizing the precincts in their area Clubs will host organizing meetings between October 2019 - February 2010 for the purpose of electing precinct officers and delegates to the Beaufort County Democratic Convention.
The BCDP will hold its own Convention on March 14, 2020, for the purpose of electing its officers as well as delegates to the South Carolina Democratic Convention. The South Carolina Democratic Party will hold its convention in late Spring to elect delegates to the national Democratic Convention held in Milwaukee, July 13-July 16, 2020.
BCDP Campaign Offices
As in past election years, there are plans to open campaign offices in the Beaufort and the Hilton Head areas to organize volunteers to work on the campaigns. Volunteers will be needed to make phone calls, canvas neighborhoods, host meet and greets, and staff the offices.
Working on Campaigns
In addition to volunteering to work for the local Democratic Party, individual candidates for President of the United States, U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, and state legislative seats are seeking volunteers for their campaigns. The BCDP will make no endorsements until after the Democratic Primary in June, however, we are happy to provide you with the contact information for any candidate you might be interested in working for on their campaign.