Welcome to the Florence, South Carolina Democracy Center. At the Democracy Center we will help you with all your voting needs. We offer the following services:
- Check Your Voter Registration
- Register to Vote
- Restore your Voting Rights
- Arrange a free ride to the polls
- Pick up a Voter ID Requirements Card
Make sure you are vote ready. Check your voter registration status at least four (4) times a year; make sure that it reads "Active". When your voter registration status is Active, that means that you are "vote ready" for any South Carolina election.
To register online you must have a South Carolina DMV Driver's License or ID. If you have moved, you must first update your address with DMV.
People convicted of felonies or misdemeanors involving violations of election law are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. Upon completion of a sentence, the State automatically restores a person’s voting right; however, you must register to vote.
On Monday, March 28, 2022, the Florence Democracy Center held a community outreach party that featured training for phone banking, texting, post-carding, and an introduction to the Outreach Circle application.
On March 26, 2022, in partnership with New Providence Missionary Baptist Church, we delivered meals to the seniors of Darlington and the homeless throughout the community; over 190 breakfasts were served.
On Tuesday, March 22, 2022, Coker College in Hartville, SC, held a town hall event to address the rising rates of crime in the community. Notably, those in attendance were the sheriff of Darlington, the chief of police of Hartsville, our very own Florence democracy center leader, Anthony Hall, and volunteer Theresa King.
February Legislation Day was an opportunity to promote the Florence Democracy Center at the South Carolina State House. In attendance were our partners Rev. Leo Woodberry, with Kingdom Living Temple and New Alpha CDC, and Loretta Slater, from The Whitney M. Slater Foundation. We were promoting environmental justice, economic development, and voting rights.
On November 20, Florence Democracy Center leadership and community members gathered to spread awareness about the Cease Fire campaign
Florence Democracy Center organizer Anthony Hall and Chief Pete Parr of the Pee Dee Indian tribe are standing together at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of Phase 2 development of Chief Pete's village.
On August 14, 2021, Florence Democracy Center went out in the community to canvass door to door to talk with residents about issues in their own communities and to register citizens to vote.
On August 31, 2021, Florence Democracy Center along with local partners from the New Alpha CDC, The Whitney M. Slater Foundation, Nubian Brothers, and Kingdom Living Temple held a local press conference showcasing an initiative called Cease-Fire USA. Anthony Hall, Florence Democracy Center Organizer, explains, "Cease Fire USA is a campaign to address gun violence in our communities, which seem to have gotten way out of hand, especially during the pandemic. We advocate for Cease fire zones which are modeled after the drug-free school zones. Any place where people congregate schools, shopping centers, recreation areas etc. should be designated cease fire zones. Too often the innocent bystander gets caught in the middle." Anthony, along with other community organizations, elected officials and law enforcement were all in attendance on Tuesday to unveil these new billboards posted around town.
GOTV 2020 saw the RVG come down from Richmond; it stopped below one of the Vote Your Power billboards in Florence. The Democracy Center provided free rides to the polls during Early Voting and on Election Day. Our team was out in the neighborhoods checking voter registration and giving people information about Early Voting (which was new in South Carolina).