CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - When voters cast their ballots during Tuesday's primary election, they will leave their polling places with an updated "I Voted" sticker.
The non-profit Palmetto Project has provided the stickers to South Carolina voters for more than three decades.
"Voting is something South Carolina does really well, and it should be celebrated," Palmetto Project Executive Director Steve Skardon said. "The new design has a bit more of South Carolina in it, including a white crescent on a blue field and an image of the state with a red check mark."
It also features a social media address that will allow you to share your Election Day photos on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. We will also be using #IVotedSC.
"The message is that voting is more than an individual act, but something we do together as South Carolinians who belong to a wider community," Skardon said.
The organization was formed in 1984 at a time when South Carolina ranked in last place in voter turnout for most of the 20th century, he said. Through its continuing Palmetto Voter Project, the organization created registration drives, election day turnout events, and statewide advocacy for election reform.
Skardon said 2004 was the first year in the state's history that a majority of eligible South Carolinians actually voted in a Presidential election. That has remained consistent ever since, with our state routinely ranking in the mid-thirties among the others, he said. South Carolina also has a very strong League of Women Voters and a network of statewide and community organizations that are very effective in registering and turning out eligible voters, he said.