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Voters line up to cast in-person absentee ballots on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in West Columbia, S.C. State election officials say they are receiving record numbers of early votes ahead of the 2020 general election vote. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

South Carolina tops 1 million ballots cast in 2020 election

Oct. 28, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — More than 1 million votes have already been cast in November's election in South Carolina. The millionth vote — all by absentee ballot so far — was recorded sometime Wednesday, according to data from the South Carolina Election Commission. About two-thirds of the...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Oct. 28, 2020 2:48 PM EDT

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ Oct. 26 The Times & Democrat on a statewide campaign to reduce littering: Litter remains a problem for South Carolina’s image and for the attitude it reflects among too many South Carolinians. Why anyone with an ounce of public consciousness would...

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, center, R-S.C., talks with state Reps. Chris Wooten, left, and Micah Caskey, right, at a get-out-the-vote event on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in West Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

In South Carolina, US Rep. Joe Wilson seeking 10th term

Oct. 28, 2020 1:05 PM EDT

WEST COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's 2nd Congressional District has been in Republican hands for more than 50 years, but Democrats see 2020 as their best chance in decades to try to turn the conservative area from red to blue. On Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson will face Democratic challenger Adair...

Judge: SC cannot reject ballots due to mismatched signatures

Oct. 27, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge in South Carolina ruled Tuesday that local election boards cannot reject voters’ absentee ballots on the basis of mismatched signatures and must review and reprocess previously rejected ballots for the upcoming general election. The temporary injunction comes...

Large SC events almost always OKed as COVID-19 cases climb

Oct. 26, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's business agency has approved more than 90% of the more than 800 events that planned to attract at least 250 people since the governor removed the coronavirus-related ban on the gatherings in early August. While the state Commerce Department reviews the events and...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Oct. 21, 2020 12:02 PM EDT

Recent editorials from South Carolina newspapers: ___ Oct. 18 The Times and Democrat on essential Election Day workers: The coronavirus emergency has changed so many things. Voting is one of them. Lines of people are voting early via absentee ballot in order to avoid going to a polling place on Election Day. But...

Toby Gregory's yard that is adorned with 1,006 white crosses to represent Oklahoma deaths due to COVID-19, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Tulsa, Okla. Gregory was able to keep up with the state death toll until last week, and then it became too many. He says he doesn't have the room or supplies to keep up with the current death toll, but will do about 50 more crosses. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)

The Latest: Ireland sets new virus restrictions for 6 weeks

Oct. 19, 2020 8:12 PM EDT

LONDON — Ireland’s government is putting the country at its highest level of coronavirus restrictions for six weeks in a bid to combat a rise in infections. Premier Micheal Martin said Monday the measures take effect at midnight Wednesday and run until Dec. 1. People are being asked to stay at home,...

South Carolina sets new record for absentee ballot voting

Oct. 19, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — More than half a million South Carolinians have cast absentee ballots for the Nov. 3 election, eclipsing the state’s prior record for advance voting set during the 2016 presidential race. By Monday afternoon, 535,000 voters had returned their absentee ballots, according to data...

SC Transportation Commission adds 2 new women to board

Oct. 17, 2020 10:20 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The two newest members of the South Carolina Department of Transportation Commission have been sworn into office. The agency added the two women on Wednesday. ​Nancy Whitworth of Greenville is the board's new at-large member, and Pamela Christopher of Anderson is the board's...

Beach umbrellas are separated in back of a sign urging social distancing on the sand Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

COVID-19 uncertainty continues throughout SC economy

Oct. 15, 2020 1:53 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — There are a few bits of good news in South Carolina's economy as the COVID-19 pandemic stretches into more months, but economists told the officials responsible for predicting how much the state will collect in taxes and fees they can't guarantee the economy has turned the corner. The...