Election 2020 coverage

Absentee voting ends Monday ahead of Tuesday primary

The final day for in-person absentee voting at the Sumter County Voter Registration/Elections Office is Saturday, June 6. The office, located at 141 N. Main St. in the old courthouse, will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registered voters can also …

Sumter voting advocacy group promotes absentee ballots

To celebrate its 100 years of service, the League of Women Voters of Sumter County is maintaining social distance as members reach out to the community to promote absentee voting for the June 9 primary election. "Voting is what the league is all …

Election 2020 -- Candidate Q&A: Lee County School Board District 7

This year's race for Lee County School Board District 7 features two Democratic candidates: challengers Marcia Henry and Lucretia Mack. The incumbent is not running. There is no opposition in November. District 7 represents the western portion …

Candidate Q&A - Clarendon County coroner

This year’s race for coroner of Clarendon County features two people in the Democratic primary: incumbent Coroner Bucky Mock and challenger Jacqueline Blackwell. All registered voters who …
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Businessman, former mayor's nephew announces Sumter City Council bid

A life-long Sumterite and businessman says he hopes it's his personal growth in race relations and love for community that will move people to vote him onto a presumably open Sumter City Council seat. Gifford Shaw spoke earlier this week on his …

Election 2020: Candidate Q&A, Lee County School Board District 3

This year's race for Lee County School Board District 3 features two Democratic candidates: incumbent Queenie Boyd and challenger Joshua Caughman. There is no opposition in November. District 3 is mainly the Bishopville area. Anyone who lives in …

Election 2020: Candidate Q&A -- Sumter County Council District 1

This year's race for the Sumter County Council District 1 seat features three people: incumbent Councilman Chris Sumpter and challengers Caleb Mack Kershaw Jr. and Carlton B. Washington. District 1 is in the west/northwest region of Sumter …

S.C. Legislature passes resolution to let state keep spending

COLUMBIA - The South Carolina General Assembly finally passed a resolution Tuesday to allow state government to keep spending after the fiscal year ends as lawmakers try to get a handle on the damage to the economy done by the …

Election 2020 -- Candidate Q&A: State Senate District 29

This year's primary race for the District 29 seat in the state Senate features two people: Republicans J.D. Chaplin and Ronald Reese Page. District 29 in the state Senate covers much of Darlington, Lee and Marlboro counties and some of …

Via video hearing, S.C. court mulls absentee voting expansion

COLUMBIA (AP) - At its first-ever oral argument via teleconference, the South Carolina Supreme Court heard concerns about potential difficulties of voting in this year's elections due to the coronavirus outbreak, as social distancing recommendations …
Voters stand in line at the Sumter Voter Registration Office on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, the last day of in-person absentee voting in South Carolina during that election. Absentee voting for South Carolina's June 9 primaries began Monday.

Absentee voting begins in Sumter for June primaries

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Election 2020: Candidate Q&A -- U.S. House of Representatives District 5

This year's race for the U.S. House of Representatives District 5 seat features two people: Moe Brown, a former wide receiver for the University of South Carolina, and Sidney Moore, a retired businessman and customer service representative. The …

Election 2020 -- Candidate Q&A: Sumter County Council District 5

This year's race for the Sumter County Council District 5 seat features two people: the incumbent, Councilwoman Vivian Fleming-McGhaney, and the challenger, Kenny Rose, a former educator and active …

June 9 primaries to be held as scheduled

CLARENDON COUNTY - The South Carolina Election Commission announced on Wednesday the June 9 primaries will be held as scheduled. The commission also urges qualified voters to vote absentee. Absentee balloting opens Monday, and there are a …

Election 2020 -- Candidate Q&A: Sumter County Coroner

With an increase in homicides last year and this year's numbers already approaching last year's total, the Sumter County Coroner's Office has been busy. This year's race features two people on the Democratic ticket, incumbent Coroner Robbie …
Obituaries
JAMES WITHERSPOON James Witherspoon, 86, husband of Janie Mickens Witherspoon, died on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, at his residence. Born on Jan. 18, 1934, he was a son of James and Heneretta Butler Witherspoon. The family is receiving relatives at the home, 13 …
MOZZINE W. MONTGOMERY Mozzine W. "Dollie" Montgomery, 92, went home to be with the Lord in the morning of Sunday, May 31, 2020, at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center, Hartsville. She was born on Feb. 25, 1928, in the Ashwood area of Lee County, to Hattie Porter …
ALICIA R. RODRIGUEZ Alicia R. Rodriguez, age 89, died on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at Sumter Health and Rehab. You may go to www.bullockfuneralhome.com and sign the family's guest book online. The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home of Sumter for the …