Elections

Could this election be stolen?

Have no fear. Despite all the noise, officials say integrity of election here in S.C., at least, is all but assured

When you go to the polls Tuesday, do not be afraid. The integrity of your vote, and the election itself, is in good hands. That’s the word from local elections officials and the federal government, as voters get set to head to the polls Tuesday here in the Midlands and across the country. Absentee-in-person voting has been heavy in recent…

District 2 congressional candidates face off

Hundreds of students from Lexington get a first-hand look at the political process in live-streamed debate from River Bluff High

Hundreds of students from Lexington County got a chance on Friday to see the political process up close and personal at River Bluff High School. Second District congressional debate participants (from left): Arik Bjorn, incumbent Rep. Joe Wilson, Eddie McCain. (Photo by Rachel Ham) A debate between District Two GOP congressional incumbent Rep. Joe Wilson of Springdale, and challengers Democrat…

Congressional candidates set to spar Friday in debate showdown

Rep. Joe Wilson, along with challengers Arik Bjorn and Eddie McCain, will face off Friday morning at River Bluff High School

It’s on. A mere four days before the general election, the candidates for South Carolina’s Second Congressional District – incumbent U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson (R) of Springdale, Democratic/Green party nominee Arik Bjorn of Columbia, and American Party nominee Eddie McCain of Leesville – are set to take part in a moderated debate Friday beginning at 9:30 a.m. at River Bluff High…

District 2 congressional candidates square off in SCETV appearance

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, who represents District 2, and his two challengers confronted each other in a brief face-off Thursday night on SCETV in a warm-up before their main debate next week. From left: U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, Arik Bjorn, and Eddie McCain. (Photo provided) Wilson, a Republican from Lexington County seeking his eighth term, and his two challengers – American Party…

Leaked email shows Columbia Mayor Benjamin among early Clinton VP possibilities

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin (Photo provided) Amid all the hacked emails being leaked by the website WikiLeaks in an effort to derail the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton came this little tidbit Tuesday: Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin made the first cut of Clinton’s possible vice presidential candidate picks. (Read the email from Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta). The March 17…

Party polls paint wildly different pictures of Trump-Clinton race in South Carolina

The reliability of paid-partisan voter polls is being put to the test in South Carolina this presidential election cycle. Is Donald Trump trouncing Hillary Clinton, or does Clinton actually stand a fighting chance here? That depends on which poll voters choose to believe. While Trump is expected to win the Palmetto State come Nov. 8, a series of polls paid for…

U.S. congressional candidates Joe Wilson, Arik Bjorn agree to debate

A political newcomer is hoping to shake up the Republican grip on South Carolina’s 2nd Congressional District. Long-time incumbent U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) has accepted a debate challenge from his Democratic opponent Arik Bjorn, a 43-year-old public librarian from Columbia making his first-ever bid for elected office. “Congressman Wilson wants to discuss the issues important to South Carolinians, and…

Some races come down to wire in primary runoff

Voters in Richland and Lexington counties trickled into polling places to cast their ballots in Tuesday’s primary runoff. Richland County Ivory Thigpen won the race for the South Carolina House of Representatives District 79 seat, taking 64 percent of the vote over Monica Elkins. And Dahli Myers won the runoff for the Richland County Council District 10 primary with 69…

Columbia attorney Dahli Myers wins District 10 special election runoff

Richland County has a new County Council representative. Local attorney Dahli Myers won the District 10 seat, capturing 60 percent of the vote. Attorney Dahli Myers won the Richland County Council District 10 special election. (Photos provided) She received 2,111 votes, while her opponent, Bernice Scott, earned 1,374 votes. Myers will finish out the term ending Dec. 31 for former…

Several candidates headed to runoffs after low voter turnout in June primary

Thunderstorms loomed over the Midlands on Tuesday as voters trickled into polling places to cast votes for the general primary election in South Carolina. Several candidates in Richland and Lexington counties will be heading to the November election to face In Richland County, Sheriff Leon Lott won handily over his challenger, former South Carolina Law Enforcement Division agent James Flowers. Lott captured 75…

Absentee voting open in Richland and Lexington counties

Voters in Richland and Lexington counties can cast their vote before the June 14 statewide primary. The Richland County Elections & Voter Registration office will open satellite absentee precincts through from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 10 for absentee voting. Residents can visit one of five locations to vote absentee: Garners Ferry Adult Activity Center, 8620 Garners Ferry Road…

Richland County Council District 10 primary ends in runoff

Tuesday’s Democratic primary for the vacant Richland County Council District 10 seat is headed for a runoff. None of the five contenders earned the majority vote needed to seal a victory. Richland County voters steadily came out for the Tuesday special election to vote for a new District 10 representative. (Photo by Kelly Petty) Local attorney Dalhi Myers and former Richland County…

Referendum request triggers debate over Richland County election spending

Ongoing tensions surrounding the budget for Richland County’s Voter Registration and Elections Department and the County Council’s role in setting that budget came to fore Wednesday during a meeting of the county’s Elections Commission. What should have been a simple vote erupted into an argument involving some elections commissioners and representatives of a neighborhood group that is requesting a special…

Richland County Council reverses decision, won’t provide more election funds this year

The Richland County Council on Tuesday denied a request by the county’s Voter Registration and Elections office for more than $229,000 to pay for license fees for ballot machines and extra supplies to run the remaining elections this year. The request was denied because it did not receive a majority vote. The vote was a 5-5 split of the council’s…

Ballot set for June 14 South Carolina primary elections

Primary election ballots all across South Carolina can be sent to the printers, as the deadline for candidates to file their paperwork at their local elections offices passed at noon today. All that’s left now is for voters to go to the polls on June 14. Notable primary races in Lexington and Richland counties include people who currently hold local…

Richland County Council approves special election for District 10 seat

Richland County could spend more than $96,000 to fill the vacant seat in District 10 previously held by Kelvin Washington. The County Council on Tuesday approved holding a special election for Washington’s former seat and paying for the election with funds from the county’s general operating budget. “This is an election that no one foresaw, could not have been predicted…

Filing update: Primary races fill up in Lexington, Richland counties

The ballot for the June 14 primary is getting longer as candidates grow in number for federal, state and county offices. Filing opened last Wednesday, and since then many locals seeking county council seats and seats in the state legislature have filed their candidacies. Two races to watch will be for Lexington County sheriff and Richland County sheriff. Jay Koon…

First Richland County candidates file for June primary election

Richland County’s Voter Registration and Elections Office was a busy place Wednesday and Thursday, as a large cohort of candidates chose the first day possible to file the necessary paperwork to have their names included on the June 14 primary election ballot. Laura Sterling (R-Bluffton) made it official that she will run for the U.S. congressional seat held by Democratic…

Washington’s former constituents concerned about lack of representation

It is a tumultuous time for residents in District 10 of Richland County. Their County Council representative, Kelvin Washington, was removed from office Wednesday by an executive order issued by Gov. Nikki Haley. And a date for a special election to fill the now-vacant seat has yet to be determined. Former District 10 County Councilman Kelvin Washington (Photo provided) At least…

Spring candidate filing opens; Lexington County to have several contested races

From clerk of court to coroner to county council, several local offices in Lexington County are being contested this election season. Candidate filing opened Wednesday for multiple offices, including Lexington County sheriff, Lexington County coroner and five county council seats. Incumbent Sheriff Jay Koon is the only person to file so far for the job overseeing the county’s law enforcement. Koon…

Audit ordered for Richland County elections office

Richland County’s Voter Registration and Elections office got part of its wish for more money to run this year’s elections Tuesday, but with an important stipulation. The Voter Registration and Elections office will receive more than $229,000 to pay for licensing and equipment needed to run the June presidential primaries and the November general election. In return, the office will undergo an…

Chapin resident to run for Lexington County register of deeds

The first candidate has come forth to seek the position being vacated this spring by retiring Lexington County Register of Deeds Debbie Gunter. Tina Guerry (Photo provided) Republican Tina Guerry of Chapin, a lifelong Lexington County resident, has announced her candidacy in the June 14 primary election. “Debbie Gunter has been a dedicated public servant whose example all public officials would…