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  Local law enforcement open to police reform as house passes George Floyd Act

Some South Carolina lawmakers are hopeful that House and Senate bills focused on police reform can lead to bipartisan change.

  RUNOFF RESULTS: Here’s a look at the winners of Tuesday’s runoffs in the Midlands

  SC Senate approves CARES Act money appropriation plan, headed to House

  Richland County sees smooth runoff election with no long lines or ballot issues

Open letter sent to Gov. McMaster regarding statewide mandate on face masks, more cities look into mask wearing ordinances

LIST: Runoffs for SC primaries to be held Tuesday

  SC Republican Senators share police reform proposals, plan to work on legislation through this year

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  Richland Co. Board of Voter Registration and Elections names new director

Peter M. McCoy, Jr. unanimously confirmed as U.S. Attorney for SC by Senate

  SC senator plans to file legislation to designate Juneteenth a state holiday

SC House Speaker creates Equitable Justice System and Law Enforcement Reform Committee

S.C. Legislative Black Caucus calls for repeal of Heritage Act

  Richland County Council run-off could change the face of the office

  New audit says SC Department of Commerce’s incentive program lacks transparency and oversight

Some state lawmakers are calling for the resignation of a state cabinet agency head after a new audit looked into how the state is handling corporate incentives and grants.

  First Black and first female Richland County coroner-elect says voters are ready for a change

The incumbent has held the position for the last 20 years, making the win more surprising.

  Midlands men planning to wear their “Sunday best” to recreate Million Man March

A Midlands group is inviting the community to join them as the recreate the historic Million Man March, this weekend, in the wake of national unrest after the death of George Floyd. That’s happening at the Martin Luther King Junior Park in Columbia, Sunday, June 14.

  Frustrated Richland Co. voters argue for ballots to be counted after chaos during primary

Several Richland County voters are expressing their frustration with Tuesday’s primary elections.

  Senate panel approves recommendations for CARES Act money

Mace, Cunningham discuss top issues, coronavirus before November election

  Long lines, incorrect ballots and precinct confusion lead to frustrated Richland County voters

A decade of woes: Here’s a quick history of problems with Richland County elections

  Primary Election Results: Many SC races called; problems at the polls plague Richland County voters

  SC House District 88 race bound for runoff after no candidate earned majority vote in June 9 primary

  Graham campaign shifts focus to November showdown with Harrison after GOP Primary win

Senator Lindsey Graham and his team said they will celebrate Tuesday's primary victory for a little bit and then get right back to work for the November election.

Long lines, incorrect ballots in Richland Co. add to voter frustration in SC primary

As voters cast their ballots in the primary elections in Richland County Tuesday, some of them reported problems and hang-ups at the polls.

AP: Graham defeats three GOP challengers for U.S. Senate seat, will face Harrison in November

Harrison ran unopposed in Tuesday’s primary.

  Hand-written ballots, 90-degree heat, long lines: Voter turnout in Richland County bigger than expected

Many Richland County voters spent more than two hours in 90-degree heat and South Carolina humidity to vote in Tuesday’s primary.

Election commissioner says voting locations in Richland Co. need more poll workers

As voters make their way to cast their ballots in Richland County, some voters have found themselves waiting in long lines as many precincts converge to vote at one location.

Find info on candidates, sample ballots and polling places for SC statewide primary June 9

Races for both Republican and Democratic candidates will be held, depending on where a voter lives.

  Meet the SC candidates vying for the GOP US Senate nomination

WIS spoke with all four men today ahead of the primary.

  What S.C. voters need to know ahead of Tuesday’s primaries

As voters prepare to head to the polls for Tuesday's primaries, the State Election Commission (SEC) wants voters to be aware of some of the changes you can expect.

Where do I vote? Your polling place may have been temporarily moved

With Tuesday’s primary just hours away, you may be wondering where you can cast your ballot.

Record number of absentee ballots issued to voters for SC primary, state election commission says

With the June 9 primary just days away, several voters have been working to ensure they’ll have a chance to vote.

SC state treasurer says he’s ‘sick of being a second-class citizen’

Curtis Loftis Jr. referred to lockdowns related to the coronavirus outbreak, recent protests and what he calls “wasteful public spending.”

SC Election Commission: Voting options for June 9th primaries

Election Day in South Carolina is approaching and the S.C. Election Commission is making voters aware of their voting options for the June 9th statewide primaries.

  Black SC lawmakers share reform plans to address police brutality and racial issues

The caucus said they will be working closely with the rest of the General Assembly and the governor to pass the reforms.

Trump: RNC ‘forced to seek another state’ after N.C. gov. says full convention ‘unlikely’ in Charlotte

On May 26, President Trump gave Gov. Cooper one week to make a decision about allowing full attendance at the Republican National Convention before considering other locations for the convention.

  In aftermath of protests, non-partisan advocacy group urges voter registration

Recent protests in the Midlands and across the country have started a national conversation on race, policing and the way to move forward.

Decision 2020: Lindsey Graham faces three primary challengers for his U.S. Senate seat

Lindsey Graham has three Republican challengers hoping to block his re-election to the U.S. Senate on June 9.

RNC sends letter detailing safety conditions for 2020 convention, wants response from NC governor by June 3

The Republican National Committee has sent a letter to North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, detailing safety conditions for an August convention in Charlotte, and want a response by June 3.

President Trump giving N.C. governor a week to make decision on RNC before considering other options

President Donald Trump is giving Governor Roy Cooper a week to make a decision about allowing full attendance at the Republican National Convention before considering other locations for the convention.

  SC election officials say June 9 primary will have fewer polling locations, surge in absentee ballots

South Carolina’s June 9 primary is exactly two weeks away.

Trump ‘would like’ RNC to stay in Charlotte despite threatening to pull if space can’t be ‘fully occupied’

President Donald Trump threatened to pull the Republican National Convention out of Charlotte if North Carolina can’t commit to full attendance at the convention, the president said in a tweet Monday morning.

Witness signature no longer required on mail ballots for 2020 June primaries

The U.S. District Court issued an order today stating South Carolinians voting absentee by mail in the 2020 June primaries and runoffs are no longer required to have their signature witnessed on the ballot return envelope.

Republican National Committee chairwoman speaks about RNC plans with convention 100 days away

Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, spoke to WBTV in a Zoom interview Friday afternoon, addressing safety concerns about hosting a major convention during the pandemic.

  SC election officials gear up for increase in absentee voters for June primaries

The State Election Commission are now sending high-speed ballot scanners to counties across the state.

  SC governor signs bill expanding absentee voting for June primaries, run-off

Lawmakers unanimously voted to expand absentee voting because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. McMaster extends state of emergency with new executive order

On Tuesday, Governor Henry McMaster extended South Carolina’s State of Emergency Order.

  SC lawmakers approve legislation to avoid shutdown, fund state coronavirus response

House and Senate members said they worked closely over the last few weeks to make sure a compromise could be reached.

  New bill says voters who choose to vote from home during pandemic should be able to

Some lawmakers will be pushing for changes to our state’s absentee process when they return to session, Tuesday, May 12. A bill being introduced in the House says there should be some adjustments made to protect voters amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

  SC budget forecasters expect state revenue losses to grow because of COVID-19

As South Carolina begins the reopening process, state economists are taking a look at how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the state's revenue streams so far this year.

3 lawsuits filed seeking to change rules of absentee voting in SC ahead of June primary

No court has made a ruling on any of the lawsuits at this time.

Deadline approaching for SC residents to register to vote in upcoming primaries

Residents who have not registered to vote have one week to do so if they wish to vote in the June 9 primaries.

  ACLU files lawsuit against SEC, governor for not letting all South Carolinians vote absentee amid pandemic

The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of South Carolina and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund have filed a federal lawsuit against members of the South Carolina Election Commission (SEC) and Governor Henry McMaster for not ensuring all voters can vote by mail during the pandemic.

South Carolina June 9 primary to be held amid coronavirus concerns

The South Carolina State Election Commission announced that the June 9 primaries will go on as scheduled.

  SC lawmaker points to COVID-19 hospitalization rates as a guide to reopen economy

Minority House Leader Todd Rutherford does not believe a return to normal will happen soon. But he says different data should be used as a guide.

  Protesters circle SC State House calling for the state to reopen

Demonstrators showed their support for immediately reopening South Carolina’s economy.

  Election officials working to secure polling locations, workers amid COVID-19 pandemic

South Carolina is less than two months away from its statewide June primaries.

  As coronavirus pandemic continues, decision over S.C. June primaries looms

The primaries are scheduled for June 9 and several options are being looked into to keep voters safe.

S.C. lawmakers returning to Columbia for 1 day to pause session, extend budget

Senate President Harvey Peeler said this will allow the General Assembly to pause the legislative session and send legislators home until it is safe to return.

South Carolina’s typical June primary not certain with coronavirus

As the coronavirus has caused massive changes to life in South Carolina, one thing is proceeding as scheduled - the deadline for political candidates to be on the ballot for the 2020 primaries and November election.

  S.C. lawmakers ask governor for statewide ‘stay-at-home’ order

The Republicans say more needs to be done to fight the spread of the coronavirus across the state.

  Governor signs S.C. emergency funding bill to fight coronavirus

The bill allocates $45 million to the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

March and April elections across the state postponed due to coronavirus

Governor McMaster announced on March 15 that all elections scheduled for March and April 2020 would be postponed. Elections that would be affected will be rescheduled to occur after May 1, 2020.

S.C. governor requests $45 million in surplus funds to go to DHEC for coronavirus response

The governor said the money should come from the taxpayer credit proposed in the 2020-21 budget passed by the House.

  DHEC officials tell lawmakers a confirmed coronavirus case in SC is likely in the future

State health officials said with cases in neighboring states, it is likely there will be a confirmed case of COVID-19 in South Carolina in the future.

S.C. Senate passes education reform plan, bill now on its way to the House

Three Democrats and one Republican voted against the bill.

  Joe Biden scores decisive victory in S.C. Democratic primary

The official breakdown of votes is still pending as numbers roll in tonight.

  High voter turnout reported in the Palmetto State, only a few polling issues

As of 10 p.m. Saturday, the Associated Press reported 437,621 votes in South Carolina -- and the numbers were still coming in.

  Tom Steyer withdraws from presidential race after third-place finish in S.C. primary

Steyer had high hopes going into the South Carolina Democratic presidential primary. But it didn’t pan out.

POLITICS EXPLAINED: Winning the most votes does not mean you win the South Carolina primary

When South Carolinians go to the polls to vote in the Democratic primary, the candidate with the most votes might not be the one declared the winner.

Joe Biden visits Toliver’s Barbershop ahead of S.C. primary

Biden's surge in the polls comes in the wake of key endorsements, such as Congressman Jim Clyburn’s endorsement earlier this week.

  S.C. Democratic Presidential Primary Day: Find your polling place, report issues

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Anyone in line to vote at 7 p.m. will be permitted to cast a ballot.

The COMET offering free rides to primary voters

All fixed COMET routes will be giving free rides to the polls for the Democratic primary.

  Will this time be different for Sanders in S.C.? He thinks so. So do his passionate supporters

Senator Bernie Sanders is facing a lot of criticism from his opponents, but he isn’t afraid to give it right back.

  President Trump attacks Democrats, rallies supporters in S.C. hours before primary

The president addressed a packed stadium in North Charleston on Friday night.

President Trump fires up S.C. supporters the day before state’s Democratic Primary

President Donald Trump told a crowd of thousands at the North Charleston Coliseum that it is “an incredible time for our nation.”

  Tom Steyer makes final pitch to voters in the Midlands

Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer sat down with some potential voters for lunch at the Palmetto Pig in downtown Columbia Friday afternoon.

Everything you should know before the Trump rally in N. Charleston Friday

President Donald Trump is coming to the North Charleston Coliseum on Friday night

  Lawmakers say more accountability needed at Santee Cooper if they were to move forward with reform plan

For the third day in a row, executives with Santee Cooper made their pitch to lawmakers.

South Carolina’s new voting system will make its statewide debut Saturday

South Carolina election officials are gearing up for the first statewide use of the new voting system.