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  • South Carolina begins regular early voting across the state for the first time Tuesday. Legislators passed and the governor signed into law a bill allowing anyone to cast a ballot without an excuse for the two weeks before Election Day in the same way they would by going to the polls. South Carolina's primaries are June 14 and early voting is available every day except Sundays. The procedure to vote is just the same as on Election Day.
  • South Carolina election officials are preparing for early voting for the first time in next month's primaries. It's a different approach in an era where many other states are passing laws to make it harder to cast ballots early. Republican Gov. Henry McMaster held a ceremonial bill signing Wednesday afternoon. He actually put his pen to the act on Friday so that local election officials could have as much time as possible to plan for the start of early voting on May 31. The bill allows for two weeks of early voting for the June 14 primaries. It also makes voting fraud a felony and restricts absentee ballots to mail-in only.
  • South Carolina senators have unanimously approved a compromise that would allow the state to hold true early voting. The House quickly approved the bill raising the possibility voters could head to the polls for two weeks before the June 14 primary. Senators decided Wednesday to add qualifications for election board members and the executive director and give legislative leaders permission to ask a court to let them kick out anyone who doesn't meet those requirements. They dropped their initial insistence for the Senate to approve the governor's appointments to the state election board. The governor will likely sign the bill and lawmakers say early voting could be in place by the end of May. State election officials didn't immediately respond to a question if that is possible.
  • The chances of having early voting in upcoming elections in South Carolina appears to be dying after the state House and governor accused the Senate of a power grab. The Republicans aren't happy with fellow Republicans in the Senate changing the bill so they can confirm the governor's selections for the state elections board. The bill unanimously passed both the House and Senate. But with Gov. Henry McMaster's backing, House leaders say they may send the bill back to committee to kill it. Both blame Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey. Massey says the approval is a needed check because the governor didn't punish the board or executive director for poor choices made about ballot drop boxes and whether to require absentee ballot signatures during the 2020 elections.
  • The South Carolina Senate has unanimously passed a bill to expand early voting. Wednesday's vote gave key approval to a bill that unanimously passed the House in early March. But there may be one big snag between Republicans. Gov. Henry McMaster and House leaders aren't happy senators added a provision giving them power to confirm the governor's choices for not just the director, but also the five members of the board of the South Carolina Election Commission. McMaster says if the bill fails to pass voters will know to blame Senate leaders and Democrats. Lawmakers are trying to get the new rules in place for the statewide primaries on June 14.
  • The South Carolina House has unanimously approved allowing two weeks of early voting and other changes to the state election laws. The 114-0 vote on Wednesday brought Democrats and Republicans together on issues that have been contentious in other states. The biggest change in the bill would be to make South Carolina the 45th state to allow anyone to vote outside of Election Day without an excuse. The early voting would be over two weeks with polls open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The bill makes voting fraud a felony instead of a misdemeanor.
  • From the Upstate to the Lowcountry, absentee or early voters are making their way to the polls in droves. The state election commission estimates more…
  • This episode of the South Carolina Lede for October 27, 2020, features: the voices of voters from around the state a week out from Election Day; a look at…
  • Palmetto Perspectives: Voting in South Carolina, airs Thursday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. on both SCETV and SC Public Radio and streams live on the network’s…
  • The 19th amendment promised women the right to vote would not be denied because of gender. But it was an empty promise for women with dark skin."It's an…