Election 2020 coverage
Lindsey Graham and Jaime Harrison

Candidate Q&A: U.S. Senate - Lindsey Graham, Jaime Harrison, Bill Bledsoe

BILL BLEDSOE Constitution Why are you running? I’m a patriot working hard to restore America. Have you run for political office before? If so, explain. I’m a duly elected …

How will the 2020 election affect control of Congress?

By The Associated Press Q: HOW WILL THE ELECTION AFFECT CONTROL OF CONGRESS? a: The makeup of Congress will be determined by the general election, with both parties needing a majority to control the House or Senate. Democrats seem to have a …
Jimmy Byrd and Jason Johnson

Candidate Q&A: Sumter County Council District 3 - Jimmy Byrd and Jason Johnson

JIMMY BYRD IncumbentRepublican Why are you running? N/A Have you run for political office before? If so, explain: N/A How long have you lived in your district? N/A Current …
Kevin L. Johnson and Leon Winn

Candidate Q&A: State Senate District 36 - Kevin Johnson and Leon Winn

KEVIN L. JOHNSON IncumbentDemocrat Why are you running? I feel like I have provided quality services to the constituents I serve and to the state of South Carolina. Much has been …
Kimberly O. Johnson and Cindy Risher

Candidate Q&A: State House of Representatives District 64 - Kimberly Johnson and Cindy Risher

KIMBERLY O. JOHNSON Democrat Why are you running? I am running because I want a representative who truly best represents the people of District 64. As a lifelong resident who proudly lives …
James E. Jim Clyburn and John McCollum

Candidate Q&A: U.S. House of Representatives District 6 - James E. Jim Clyburn, John McCollum, Mark Hackett

JAMES E. JIM CLYBURN Incumbent Democrat Why are you running? I am running to continue my record of putting service above self and principle above politics. I will build on the investments …
Moe Brown and Ralph Norman

Candidate Q&A: U.S. House of Representatives District 5 - Moe Brown, Ralph Norman

MOE BROWN Democrat Why are you running? I am running to represent the 5th District of South Carolina because I love my state, I love my country, and I fear for the direction that our current …
JD Chaplin and Gerald Malloy

Candidate Q&A: State Senate District 29 - Gerald Malloy, JD Chaplin

JD CHAPLIN Republican I am chairman of the Darlington County Republican Party. I’m also a member of Black Creek Baptist Church; an Eagle Scout; and serve as assistant Scout Master for Boy …
STEWART

Candidate Q&A: Clarendon County Council Chair - Dwight Stewart, Robert Beard

Dwight Stewart IncumbentDemocrat Why are you running? Public office is a way to give back to the community. Have you run for political office before? If so, explain: Twenty years as a …

Here's a list of uncontested candidates running in Sumter, Clarendon, Lee counties

These candidates are running for seats representing Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties unopposed by another candidate. SUMTER Lauretha A. McCants (D): Auditor Jaime Campbell (D): Clerk of …

Choose your channel: Dueling town halls for Biden, Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and challenger Joe Biden will compete for TV audiences in dueling town halls on Thursday night instead of meeting face-to-face for their second debate …
GRAHAM

Graham's $28M sets quarterly fundraise record for Senate GOP

COLUMBIA (AP) - U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has set a fundraising record for Republican Senate candidates, bringing in $28 million in the third quarter of a reelection battle that is swiftly becoming among the more expensive in the …

Sumter elections staff preparing for all election result scenarios

The City of Sumter is preparing for a major election year with a turnover of potentially five seats, depending on who wins the race for mayor. With 14 candidates running for four positions on Sumter City Council, including two councilmen running …
Poll workers push a machine back to the old Sumter County courthouse after helping a voter with curbside voting on Tuesday.

Sumter expands curbside voting for November election

The COVID-19 pandemic has shifted our daily lives toward to-go service in sometimes unlikely ways, and voting is no different. Voters standing in line to cast their absentee ballots in person this week may have noticed people voting from their …
Voters wait in line outside the Richland County election office on the first day of in-person absentee voting in South Carolina on Monday in Columbia. A number of counties, including Sumter, have polling places where people can vote almost like they would in person on Election Day, instead of having to mail in their absentee ballot, which will not be counted without a witness signature.

Lawyers: No state-level fix for ballots with no signature

COLUMBIA - South Carolina election officials have no authority to create a process for voters to fix mail-in ballots missing a witness signature, a requirement reinstated by the U.S. Supreme Court this week, lawyers for the board told members. As …
Signs are seen on a door at the entrance to early voting at the old Sumter County courthouse on Tuesday.

Sumter's absentee voting increases

On the third day of in-person absentee voting, Sumter nearly doubled the total number of voters who cast and returned ballots. Wednesday saw 1,133 in-person absentee ballots cast across five locations open to Sumter County voters, according to …
Voters stand in line on Friday, June 5, 2020, at the Sumter County Voter Registration and Elections Office to vote absentee in person.

High court reinstates S.C. ballot witness requirement

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday reinstated a requirement that South Carolina residents voting by mail in November's election get a witness to sign their ballots. Democrats had sought to have the requirement put on hold because of the …
Obituaries
FRANCIS T. BROWN U.S. Air Force (retired) Lt. Col. Francis "Frank" T. Brown, husband of Barbara S. Brown, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital after a valiant battle with cancer. Services will be announced by the Elmore Hill …
CARL BURGESS Carl Burgess, 68, son of the late Jack and Ethel McElveen Burgess, was born on April 30, 1952, in Lee County. He departed this life on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, at his residence. Job's Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., Sumter is in charge of …
ERTHLAY WITHERSPOON Dr. Erthlay Witherspoon, 81, widower of Alice Witherspoon and son of the late Windsor and Lela B. Witherspoon, was born on March 24, 1939, in Sumter County. He departed this life on Tuesday, Oct.20, 2020, at Morning Side Assisted Living in …