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  ’I’m not really worried about anything’ Richland Co. Elections Director feels confident they’ll have a smooth Election Day

In case there is a last-minute surge in voters, or some poll workers need to drop out, Stephens says she has 500 trained, volunteers ready to help if they’re needed.

Harrison to host drive-in concert featuring Common, Charlamagne tha God

  McMaster petitions SC Supreme Court to rehear SAFE Grants case

  Man arrested in Kannapolis, N.C. with van full of guns and explosives, allegedly researched killing Joe Biden

  Richland One school board candidates frustrated with Democratic mailer

  My Take: Be prepared to vote, however you cast your ballot

  Politics Explained: Polling in the race between Graham, Harrison for US Senate

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President Trump speaks to crowd of 23,000+ at Gastonia, N.C. rally

  Ads, turnout and the path to victory: Political analysts weigh the stakes in the SC Senate race

  SC voters mailing in absentee ballots after October 7 must have a witness signature

VoteAmerica to distribute voter safety kits at Claflin University, spends $900k to support HBCU student voters

Sen. Kamala Harris speaks in Charlotte, encouraging early voting

  Horry County fills election box full of invalid mail-in absentee ballots

LIST: Richland County opens satellite locations for absentee voting, answers FAQs

In-person absentee voting begins Oct. 5 and goes through November 2, the day before election day.

LIST: Lexington County opens 4 locations for in-person absentee voting

The satellite locations are open on different dates. Here's the list.

  VOTING 101: Answers to frequently asked questions about SC absentee voting

We sat down with the SC Elections Commission to ask some of the questions you had about absentee voting.

  SC guide to voting in 2020 presidential election

There are three methods that anyone registered to vote may choose from: absentee-by-mail, absentee-in-person or in person on election day.

  RECAP: Wilson and Boroughs face-off in debate for SC’s Second District

  WATCH: Wilson and Boroughs debate for first and only time

  Trump ‘running angry,’ attacks polls, press and Dr. Fauci

  Lexington County voters say leadership, COVID-19 and economy are top issues

Columbia, Richland Co. leaders ensure voter safety at polls on Election Day

Harrison votes early in Columbia, discusses early voting process

  Graham hosts rally in Columbia as Senate race reaches the final stretch

Election forecasters including the Cook Political Report and Real Clear Politics have called the race between Graham and his challenger, former S.C. Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison, a “toss-up.”

  Graham accused of encouraging campaign fundraising within Congress

Senator Lindsey Graham is accused of encouraging campaign fundraising donations within the halls of Congress.

  State election officials predict a record 1 million SC residents could vote before Election Day

As of Wednesday, 190,000 in-person absentee ballots have been cast across South Carolina.

  New law will give SC firefighters battling cancer some financial support

The bill sets aside money for firefighters diagnosed with certain types of cancer.

Supreme Court denies SC governor’s effort to block Medicaid from paying for care at Planned Parenthood

This battle has been going on for years but has come to an end.

  Charlotte mom on witness list to testify in Amy Coney Barrett hearings

A mother from Charlotte will be testifying in the Supreme Court nomination hearings for Amy Coney Barrett and she says “the stakes couldn’t be higher.”

  Senate challenger Harrison criticizes Graham’s ‘good old days of segregation’ comment

Jaime Harrison, who is in a competitive race in South Carolina for Lindsey Graham’s Senate seat, tweeted about the comment.

  Politics Explained: The Obamacare case dominating the Supreme Court hearings

South Carolina is part of the group of states, with Texas taking lead, arguing the entire Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, should be struck down.

  National group calls on Graham to apologize for comments on minorities in SC

Many on social media have condemned his comments as racist.

New poll: Graham pulls ahead of Harrison in senate race

A poll from Morning Consult released Tuesday morning shows incumbent U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham taking a lead over challenger Jaime Harrison.

  Richland Co. election vendor gives timeline on ballot data issue, says ballots remain ‘ahead of schedule’

Officials say absentee ballots were delayed by a data file issue between the office and SeaChange.

  Sumter physician featured in ‘One Vote’ documentary after registering thousands to vote

In the film, Dr. Williams is one of just five people being recognized for their roles during Election Day, 2016.

SC attorneys can get training credit by being poll workers

Attorneys are required to get additional training periodically to maintain their legal license.

Senate candidate Jaime Harrison breaks national fundraising record

Jaime Harrison for U.S. Senate announced it beat the record for the highest quarterly amount raised by a U.S. Senate candidate in American history.

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles one of 14 Black mayors featured in new Biden for President campaign ads

Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles is one of 15 Black mayors across the country featured in new ads supporting the Biden for President campaign.

  Richland Co. election officials say delay in mail-in ballots due to ‘data file issue’

During a virtual meeting, Richland County officials said that the delay was caused by an issue with the “original data file” that was uploaded to their mailing service vendor.

  WATCH: 2nd Graham, Harrison debate canceled; forums held instead

This comes after Harrison’s campaign called for Graham to take a COVID test.

  School choice advocates say thousands of SC families wanted SAFE Grants

The state Supreme Court struck down the grant program, saying the governor could not use public money to benefit private institutions.

  Fairfield Co. voting officials prepare for unprecedented election

Officials with the Fairfield County Board of Voter Registration and Elections are preparing for what could be a record-breaking election

Fly on Pence’s head generates buzz in VP debate

A fly was all the buzz online when it landed in Vice President Mike Pence’s hair during the debate.

  Absentee voters face long lines as Richland Co. satellite voting locations open

Five more in-person absentee voting locations opened in Richland County on Wednesday.

Police: Rep. Nancy Mace’s car vandalized, keyed

Officers say they first responded to a call from Mace at 2:03 p.m. Tuesday in the Bowman Road Nordstrom Rack parking lot. Police say the words “F*** YOU” were scratched into the driver’s side back passenger door along with a long scratch on the driver’s door.

  SC Supreme Court rules against McMaster’s grants for private schools

The governor wanted to use $32 million to fund private school scholarships for students.

Spending and schedules differ widely for Graham, Harrison in last stretch of campaign

In the final stretch before the November election, Sen. Lindsey Graham and Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison are using constrasting styles to get their respective messages heard.

  After decades in prison, Columbia man finds a path to the polls for the first time

Last Friday, Young went to the Richland County Election Office and registered to vote for the first time in his life.

Columbia City Council meets to discuss COVID-19 spread in community

The council will hear from the city’s emergency management department and University of South Carolina President Bob Caslen.

  Panel of lawmakers share recommendations to help improve the state Department of Corrections

They made 75 recommendations to help improve transparency, effectiveness, and accountability at the state agency.

Supreme Court grants request to require witness signatures on absentee ballots in South Carolina

The Supreme Court has granted a request by South Carolina election officials to require witness signatures on absentee ballots. The decision was made pending appeal.

  SC in-person absentee voting draws long lines on first day

Voters may cast their absentee ballots in person from now until 5 p.m. on Nov. 2, the day before election day.

Clyburn sends letter to Education Secretary DeVos saying SC governor misused CARES Act funds

Another challenge to Gov. Henry McMaster’s private school grant program has popped up on the national level.

Clyburn uses annual fish fry to remind community to vote ahead of registration deadline

All registration forms must be postmarked on October 5th at the latest to be accepted.

  WATCH: Graham and Harrison face off in first debate

Incumbent Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham faces Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison in a key race that could aid Democrats' efforts to flip the Senate.

Charlotte leaders announced as part of new Biden leadership council

The council's members were announced today.

  More than half a million South Carolinians have requested an absentee ballot

Every registered voter in South Carolina can vote absentee this election because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Graham says Trump in ‘good spirits’ after testing positive for COVID-19

Senator Lindsey Graham said President Donald Trump was in 'good spirits’ during their conversation over the phone Friday morning.

Ivanka Trump tests negative for COVID-19 day after visiting Gaston County

The news comes less than 12 hours after President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump announced they both tested positive for the virus.

SC officials file emergency request to require witness signatures on absentee ballots

This doesn't mean witness signatures are back on the ballot, but now the appeal goes to the Supreme Court.

  My Take: Watch Graham, Harrison debate ahead of election

Three-term U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham is in a hotly contested race with Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison.

  SC voters react to ‘dumpster fire' first Presidential debate of 2020 General Election

In more than a dozen interviews with Columbia-area voters, people with a variety of political beliefs said the debate was hard to watch.

  Lawmakers set to decide Santee Cooper’s future in 2021

Officials at Santee Cooper have been able to move forward with some of the things in their reform plan with some restrictions.

  AP FACT CHECK: False claims flood Trump-Biden debate

A look at how their statements from Cleveland stack up with the facts.

WIS to partner with River Bluff High, The Post & Courier to host congressional debate between Wilson, Boroughs

The debate in South Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District will air live on WIS at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 20.

President Trump signs Executive Order on pre-existing conditions in Charlotte

President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order aimed at helping Americans with pre-existing conditions with their healthcare coverage, among other things, during his trip to Charlotte Thursday.

  During last day of legislative session, SC lawmakers unanimously pass rural broadband bill

Thursday, the House unanimously passed a bill that would improve access to broadband in rural and underserved areas in the state.

  Richland County elections office prepares for surge in absentee voting

Officials say they're going to be prepared and are working to fix the issues seen during the primary.

  Joe Biden speaks to WBTV about pandemic, election in one-on-one interview

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden spoke to WBTV in a one-on-one interview Wednesday afternoon.

  Rally at State House called for lawmakers to delay appointment of Supreme Court Justice

A number of other speakers took the podium asking Sen. Lindsey Graham to delay voting for the nominee.

Special election decides who will fill Richland County Council seat held by the late Chip Jackson

Jackson, who served as the councilman for District 9, unexpectedly passed away in August.

  Presidential candidate Joe Biden hosts Black Economic Summit in Charlotte

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden arrived in Charlotte Wednesday afternoon to host a Black Economic Summit.

SC’s longest-serving Black legislator honored by lawmakers before retirement

Sen. John Matthews began as a member of the S.C. House of Representatives from 1975 to 1984 and went on to serve as a Senator since 1985.

  Hazard pay for state workers, teacher pay increases on hold until 2021

The budget will not be taken up on the House floor during the special session.

S.C. teachers group calls for use of personal day Wednesday for protest

The group SC for ED encouraged teachers across the state to take a personal day Wednesday to take part in a virtual protest over Facebook.

  Federal judge says you won’t need a witness signature for your absentee ballot this November

For the General Election in November, South Carolinians voting absentee by mail won’t need a witness signature on their ballot.

President Trump visiting Charlotte to discuss healthcare

President Donald Trump is returning to North Carolina, this time to the city of Charlotte to discuss healthcare.

  Graham ‘dead set’ on confirming Trump’s Supreme Court nominee despite previous comments

The day after the news of Ginsburg’s death broke, the Senator tweeted he is “dead set” on confirming whoever President Trump nominates for the seat.

Vulgar, offensive tweets surface from two of Jaime Harrison’s campaign staffers

Harrison is running against incumbent Sen. Lindsey Graham in a close race.

  President Trump reacts as some N.C. voters mistakenly get 2 absentee ballots

President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday about an election mixup that resulted in some Mecklenburg County voters receiving two absentee ballots.

SC governor signs bill to expand absentee voting due to COVID-19

Gov. Henry McMaster was joined by members of the South Carolina General Assembly on the second floor lobby for the occasion.