Election 2020 coverage
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 …
President Donald Trump speaks to the media in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on Oct. 20.

Trump's lawyers continue to challenge state vote counts

Republican surrogates for President Donald Trump resumed their legal fight Monday to try to stop the vote count in key battleground states, including Pennsylvania and Michigan, but faced long odds given the Electoral College tally and recent court …
Vice president-elect Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., greets supporters before speaking during a campaign stop at the University of Houston on Oct. 30 in Houston.

Harris makes history as United States' first female vice president

Vice president-elect Kamala Harris on Saturday paid tribute to the women, particularly Black women, whose shoulders she stands on as she shatters barriers that have kept mostly white men entrenched at the highest levels of American politics for more …
President-elect Joe Biden visits Sumter on Feb. 28 at the Mt. Zion Enrichment Center during his presidential campaign.

Biden seeks to move quickly and build out his administration

WILMINGTON, Del. - President-elect Joe Biden is looking to build out his nascent White House staff with more traditional Washington insiders, a notable departure from four years in which President Donald Trump filled his team with outsiders and …
Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, in Wilmington, Del. Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., stands at left. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

What's next? Saturday's election verdict isn't last step

WASHINGTON - Saturday's election verdict isn't the last step in selecting an American president. Under a system that's been tweaked over two centuries, there is still a weekslong timeline during which the 538-member Electoral College picks the …
Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., greets supporters before speaking during a campaign stop at the University of Houston Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

Harris becomes first woman elected VP

Kamala Harris made history Saturday as the first Black woman elected as vice president of the United States, shattering barriers that have kept men — almost all of them white — entrenched …
Obituaries
GWENDOLYN GARDENIA OLIVER WESLEY FLORENCE - On Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, Gwendolyn Gardenia Oliver Wesley, wife of Fredric "Fred" Alonzo Wesley Jr., heard her Master's call at McLeod Hospice House in Florence. Born on July 21, 1949, in Manning, she was a daughter of the late …
LULA MAE MAHONEY JENKINS Lula Mae Mahoney Jenkins, 76, wife of Earnest Jenkins, was born on Aug. 9, 1944, in Sumter, a daughter of the late Samuel Sr. and Mary Gooden Mahoney. She departed this life on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020, at his residence. Public viewing will be …
LEE ERNEST EPPS ALCOLU - Lee Ernest Epps, 67, husband of Rosa Smalls Epps, died on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital, Columbia. He was born on Sept. 14, 1953, in Alcolu, a son of the late Lee Odom Epps and Inez Epps. Due to COVID-19, …