South Carolina Chamber Encourages Employees to Get Out and Vote

September 24, 2008

COLUMBIA, SC – September 24, 2008 – As the deadline to register to vote in the 2008 elections approaches, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is asking employers to encourage their employees to Get Out the Vote (GOTV) on November 4.

On Thursday, September 25, the South Carolina Chamber will be distributing Employer Toolkits to Chamber members. The toolkits will include voter registration forms, tips for encouraging employees to GOTV, the “Make Your Mark” GOTV poster and important dates to remember.

An estimated 600,000 South Carolina citizens are eligible to vote but not registered.

“Business leaders must not only lead by example and vote on Election Day. They must also encourage their employees, peers, friends and family members to Get Out the Vote on November 4. The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce is encouraging all businesses to participate in their own Employee Registration Days ahead of the October 4 deadline to register,” said Otis Rawl, incoming president and chief executive officer of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.

It’s never been easier to GOTV in South Carolina, and the South Carolina Chamber encourages all South Carolinians to Make Their Mark during 2008! For more information about encouraging employees to GOTV, visit .

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce

The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s first state chamber Accredited with Distinction by the U.S. Chamber, is the state’s largest statewide broad-based business and industry trade association representing more than 6,500 member companies and more than 600,000 member employees, with 90 percent of membership comprised of small businesses. As the unified voice for business and industry, the Chamber is a catalyst for increasing per capita income and enhancing the state’s global competitiveness in order to improve the quality of life for all South Carolinians.