Election 2020 coverage
District of Columbia National Guard stand outside the Capitol, Wednesday night, Jan. 6, 2021, after a day of rioting protesters. It's been a stunning day as a number of lawmakers and then the mob of protesters tried to overturn America's presidential election, undercut the nation's democracy and keep Democrat Joe Biden from replacing Trump in the White House. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

"We could have encircled this date" — Sumter educators, state leaders react to Capitol attack by Trump supporters

Susan Hilton, who taught many at Sumter High School, said the five freedoms listed in the First Amendment of the Constitution grant American citizens the principles of democracy, but she said there …
Violent protesters, loyal to President Donald Trump, storm the Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. It's been a stunning day as a number of lawmakers and then the mob of protesters tried to overturn America's presidential election, undercut the nation's democracy and keep Democrat Joe Biden from replacing Trump in the White House. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The Latest: Founder of site Trumparoo among dead at Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress' confirmation of Joe Biden as winner of the presidential election (all times local):8:35 a.m.President Donald Trump's former acting White House chief of …
Trump supporters gesture to U.S. Capitol Police in the hallway outside of the Senate chamber at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The Latest: Graham voices rejection of election commission

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress' tally of the Electoral College vote won by Joe Biden (all times local): 3 p.m.Protesters backing President Donald Trump have breached the U.S. Capitol, …
Trump supporters gather outside the Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. As Congress prepares to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory, thousands of people have gathered to show their support for President Donald Trump and his claims of election fraud. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

The Latest: Biden denounces protesters' violence at Capitol

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress' tally of the Electoral College vote won by Joe Biden (all times local): 3 p.m.Protesters backing President Donald Trump have breached the U.S. Capitol, …
Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier Wednesday at the Capitol in Washington. As Congress prepared to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, thousands of people gathered to show their support for President Donald Trump and his unsubstantiated claims of election fraud. One person was shot during the violence and died.

US Capitol breached as Trump supporters clash with police

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Capitol locked down Wednesday after protesters breached barricades amid violent clashes between President Donald Trump's supporters and Capitol police. Both chambers of …
People cast their ballots at the McCray's Mill precinct on Nov. 3.

Polling precincts in Sumter for mayor, city council runoff

If you vote at one of these precincts, you live in the City of Sumter and can vote in the runoff for mayor.  Bates - Bates Middle School: 715 Estate St., Sumter (*775-0711) Birnie - Birnie …
From left: Calvin Hastie, David Merchant, James Blassingame, Talitha Harrison

Sumter mayor, city council seat winners to be decided Tuesday; polls open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

As the electoral process begins to wind down for this year's presidential race, Sumter will see the end of its local elections for the year after today's runoffs. Two races - mayor and city council's Ward 2 representative - are in a runoff …
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Gloria Lee's Sumter school board Area 6 win cleared

A candidate for Sumter's only contested school board seat this year lost his challenge of the results after elections commissioners said he brought no factual evidence of error. William Byrd came in second after the general election on Nov. 3, …

Republicans face court setbacks, Trump law firm steps down

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Republicans suffered setbacks to court challenges over the presidential election in three battleground states on Friday while a law firm that came under fire for its work …

EXPLAINER: Why AP called North Carolina for Trump

The Associated Press declared Donald Trump the winner in North Carolina on Friday after concluding there were not enough ballots left to be counted that would allow Joe Biden to overtake his lead. …
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EXPLAINER: Is Georgia's ballot 'audit' a recount?

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia says it's going to be tallying — by hand — nearly 5 million ballots that were cast in its very close presidential election on Nov. 3. But is it a recount? An …
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Trump wins N.C., hits 232 electoral votes

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has won North Carolina and its 15 electoral votes, staving off a hard-fought challenge by Democratic nominee Joe Biden and holding the battleground …

Georgia hand tally of presidential race gets underway

ATLANTA (AP) — Election officials in Georgia's 159 counties started counting ballots Friday morning for a hand tally of the presidential race that stems from an audit required by state law.The …

Repudiating Trump, officials say election 'most secure'

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's hard to put it any more bluntly: "There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes or was in any way compromised."Rejecting President …
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Sumter school board runner-up Byrd protesting election results

A defeated candidate for Sumter School District Board of Trustees' Area 6 race has filed a protest regarding last week's results with the county election commission, and a meeting has been scheduled for Monday. Pat Jefferson, director of Sumter …
A person makes their way to the absentee polling station at the old Sumter County courthouse on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020.

In-person absentee voting opens for Sumter mayor, city council runoff races

In-person absentee voting begins Tuesday, Nov. 10, for two elections in the City of Sumter that made it to a runoff. The absentee precinct, located at the old Sumter County courthouse at 141 N. …
A Sumter resident casts his ballot at the Sumter High precinct Nov. 3.

Sumter County backs blue ballot; local votes certified

To start a week that is awaiting election results to be certified at the highest level nationally, Sumter's runoffs and tallies were finalized. According to official results from Pat Jefferson, director of Sumter County Voter Registration and …
Obituaries
BARBARA ANN CALHOUN-MCGEE Barbara Ann Calhoun-McGee, 68, wife of Willie McGee, died on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital, Sumter. Born on Oct. 10, 1952, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she was a daughter of the late Jessie and Ruby Mayes Calhoun. …
WILLILAM A. MALLETT MANNING - Willilam A. "Bill" Mallett, 76, husband of Ruth Young Mallett, died on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. He was born on Oct. 30, 1944, in Augusta, Georgia, a son of the late Albert and Catherine Perkins Mallett. Due to COVID-19, the family …
ALMA RUTH GIBSON COOPER SUMMERTON - Alma Ruth Gibson Cooper, 94, widow of Sam Cooper, died on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. She was born on Jan. 30, 1926, in Summerton, a daughter of the late Luddie and Mary Bell Williams Gipson. These …