Decision 2020

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  Protesters circle SC State House calling for the state to reopen

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

Sens. Tim Scott, Lindsey Graham to serve on Presidential Task Force for reopening the economy

U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) will be among the leaders who will serve on President Donald Trump’s task force to reopen the economy affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Sen. Tim Scott among lawmakers pushing for virtual diabetes prevention program

U.S. Senators Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) and Mark Warner (D-Virginia) are working to provide access to Medicare beneficiaries to virtual suppliers in the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.

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

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

  COVID-19 pandemic could wipe out nearly all of SC’s projected surplus

South Carolina to get new, lower budget prediction

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

$2 trillion federal relief bill offers help for state agriculture

Rep. Joe Cunningham calling on McMaster to issue statewide stay-at home order

Rep. Joe Cunningham is calling on Gov. Henry McMaster to issue a statewide stay-at-home order. Cunningham tweeted on Monday afternoon that he was urging the stay-at-home be done immediately.

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. attorney general says local governments cannot issue stay-at-home orders

Columbia City Council passed a stay-at-home ordinance Thursday, but the state attorney general says they don’t have the power to do that.

U.S. Rep. Joe Cunningham tests positive for coronavirus

The U.S. Representative said he has been in self-quarantine since March 19 and will remain.

  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, other state leaders give update on protective measures in place for older South Carolinians

AARP of South Carolina hosted a Teletown Hall with Governor Henry McMaster and other state leaders.

Former S.C. Governor Beasley says he has tested positive for COVID-19

On Thursday, former South Carolina governor David Beasley confirmed he tested positive for COVID-19.

  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).

  Columbia mayor declares state of emergency

On Monday, Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin has declared a state of emergency.

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.

Lancaster Co. representative criticizes DHEC’s guidance to not cancel events

DHEC says “the status of COVID-19 in South Carolina does not indicate that cancellation of events or schools is needed at this time.”

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.

SC for Ed plans another ‘All Out’ event at the State House, one day after Senate passes bill

Just a day after the South Carolina Senate passed an education bill, the grassroots group SC for Ed announced its plan to have another “All Out” event at the State House on March 24.

  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.

  Debate begins in S.C. over allowing transgender youth to compete in girls’ sports

The Save Women’s Sports Act would essentially not allow transgender girls and women to compete in sports at the high school or collegiate level.

  Special Election in Irmo will determine who will fill Mayor Barry Walker’s former council seat

On Tuesday, March 3, the town of Irmo will hold a special election for one open council seat. There are a total of four candidates in the running. The seat became available when former councilman Barry Walker Senior was elected mayor of Irmo in November.

Buttigieg ends historic presidential campaign, urges unity

Democrat Pete Buttigieg is ending his campaign for president.

  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.

  Pete Buttigieg sits down for one-on-one interview with WIS ahead of polls closing in South Carolina

He claimed victory in Iowa, squeaked out a tight second-place finish in New Hampshire, and slipped to third in Nevada. But in the “First in the South” Primary in South Carolina, former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg consistently polled in the bottom tier at fourth and fifth place.

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.

Lexington County to combine precincts for S.C. Democratic Presidential Primary

If you’re a Lexington County resident and you’re planning to vote in Saturday’s primary, you’ll want to read this.

  Election Commission officials say South Carolinians can expect accurate, efficient election results in primary race

Over the last week, the Palmetto State has been flooded with several Democratic presidential candidates hoping to gain as much support as possible ahead of the South Carolina primary, Saturday, Feb. 29.

  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.

LIST: Where to see candidates for president as they cross S.C. this week

In anticipation of the South Carolina Democratic Primary on Saturday, many of the candidates vying for the presidency will be in our state.

  Congressman Jim Clyburn endorses Joe Biden as Democratic nominee for president

Clyburn said he knows Biden and that Biden has stood for the hard-working people of South Carolina.

  Many S.C. voters plan to keep an eye on Tuesday’s debate to determine who gets their vote

Hundreds of thousands of people made their way to Charleston on Tuesday to watch the Democratic candidates take the debate stage, but South Carolina voters, who will be casting their votes on Saturday, intend to watch very closely to determine who gets their vote.

  New poll reveals tight race as Democratic presidential candidates cross S.C.

According to a recent NBC News/Marist Poll, Former Vice President Joe Biden is leading by four points in the Palmetto State.

Bloomberg delays scheduled appearance at CNN town hall in Charleston

CNN has announced that the network will be holding two nights of town halls in Charleston featuring the leading Democratic presidential candidates.

  The pulpit is for preaching: Brookland Baptist pastor explains church’s stance in S.C. politics

When congregants go to worship at Brookland Baptist, they never know who will be in the pew next to them.

  President Donald Trump holding rally in North Charleston

President Donald Trump is expected to hold a rally in North Charleston next week.

  Panel of House members okay budget plan, set for debate on House floor in March

On Thursday afternoon, the S.C. House Ways and Means Committee voted unanimously to send their $10 billion budget proposal to the House floor.

  Panel of S.C. senators listen to private company’s presentation to buy Santee Cooper

According to experts, about 2 million people in South Carolina rely on Santee Cooper for their power in some way.

Trump to visit South Carolina ahead of Democratic primary

He’s not competing in a primary in the state, but President Donald Trump is planning to make an appearance in South Carolina just before Democrats hold their primary election there.

  Strong reaction from community sparked after church announces application for Steyer Foundation grant

Tom Steyer’s campaign is making news on the campaign trail on Monday in the wake of an announcement at one of the largest black congregations in the state.

S.C. lawmakers look to modify Homestead Exemption with bill to offer larger property tax cut

Right now, the current Homestead Exemption is for $50,000. The proposed changes would raise the amount to $75,000.

  Vice President Pence in S.C. Thursday for 9th Annual Patriot Dinner

The vice president will visit West Columbia and Charleston.

  ‘There is no end of the line’: Biden seeks fresh start in S.C. after poor showings in Iowa, N.H.

After not breaking into the top three in the first two nominating contests of the 2020 election, former Vice President Joe Biden said he feels good.

  President Trump visits North Carolina to tout Opportunity Zone initiatives

On Friday, President Trump spoke at the “North Carolina Opportunity Now Summit” at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte.

S.C. lawmakers will not name interchange after President Trump or former President Obama

Among other things, members of the committee said they were weary of naming a state road or building after a living person.

  Survivors, victim advocacy groups voice support for statewide rape kit tracking system

According to SLED, as of December 31, 2019, there were about 1,300 untested kits submitted to their forensics lab.

Report: S.C. Legislative Black Caucus wants Biden to disavow statements made by Harpootlian

Harpootlian said his remarks were not racially motivated.

U.S. legislators from SC respond to President Trump’s State of the Union address

U. S. legislators from South Carolina responded to President Trump’s State of the Union address given on Feb. 4. Some gave the president praise while another disputed some of the claims that he made.

Separate resolutions introduced to name I-85, I-385 interchange for Presidents Trump and Obama

House bill 5090 is sponsored by Reps. Jonathan Hill, of Anderson, and Stewart Jones, of Laurens.

  Comedian Dave Chappelle makes campaign calls ahead of show benefiting Yang

Comedian Dave Chappelle was in Columbia on Jan. 29 for a comedy show, but before his performance a few people received surprise campaign calls from the superstar.

New SC bill would require domestic abusers to wear GPS monitors

Domestic violence suspects could soon be monitored while awaiting trial if a proposed bill becomes law.

Lawmakers move forward with bill that would help veterans with medical experience become nurses in S.C.

South Carolina, like other states, is facing a nursing shortage right now.

Former Gamecocks WR launches campaign to run for S.C. Congress

A familiar name to Gamecock football fans is now running for Congress in South Carolina.