Absentee voting statewide and in Kershaw County hit an all-time high this election cycle as more than 375,000 South Carolinians cast their ballots before Election Day. Kershaw County Voting Registration Director Rosalind Watson estimated absentee voting in the county this year nearly doubled that of the 2010 election.
Six-year-old legislation known as Act 388 has been under the microscope in Kershaw County lately after the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) was hit with what they called a "last minute" cut in state revenue.
Depending on where they cast their ballot, Kershaw County voters could have a lot of important choices to make Tuesday. From Camden City Council to President of the United States, from Elgin to Bethune and Liberty Hill to Boykin, here's a look at who's running for which office. Information about each candidate is taken from either previous articles in the Chronicle-Independent, their campaign websites or other election-related websites. Candidates for each office are listed in alphabetical order.
Two candidates for the S.C. House of Representatives and two candidates for the S.C. Senate looked to shore up campaign support during an "educated voter" forum held Monday night at Lugoff-Elgin High School.
Camden Mayor Jeffrey Graham and mayoral candidate Tony Scully offered their visions for the city's future during an "educated voter" forum held Monday night at Camden High School.
Kershaw County voters are getting a head start on voting for the general election with hundreds casting their ballots during the first three weeks of absentee voting.
Barbara Swindall has dropped out of the race for Kershaw County Council District 1. After spending months campaigning for the seat, she announced her decision to quit in a press release Sunday night after consulting with family and friends.
Before Democratic Party delegates from across the country are scheduled to renominate President Barack Obama as the party's candidate Thursday in Charlotte, N.C., one of those delegates spoke to his fellow Democrats about political life here in South Carolina. It's a subject the speaker knows well, considering he's served in the state legislature for 12 years and ran for governor in 2010.
Derrick Proctor recently announced his intention to run for election to the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees Seat No. 3.
The Kershaw County Democratic Party (KCDP) Executive Committee has agreed to certify Sammie Tucker Jr. for his Kershaw County Council reelection bid in November. Questions lingered before the committee finalized its decision over Tucker's eligibility after he failed to meet required deadlines for filing campaign paperwork.
The Kershaw County Board of Elections voted Tuesday to hold a special election September 18 to fill the unexpired term of late School Board of Trustees member Joey Dorton.
The unexpired term of late Kershaw County Board of Schools Trustees member Joey Dorton will be filled via a special election, likely to be held in late September or early October. Kershaw County Voter Registration Asst. Director James Fitzpatrick said he had concluded that the special election would be held at that time. However, he said the plan still needs to be approved by Kershaw County's legislative delegation and the Kershaw County Board of Elections.
Laurie M. Parks officially announced her candidacy recently for Camden City Council. She is seeking election to one of the two open seats in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Kershaw County School Board Trustee Joseph ("Joey") Dorton and Kershaw County Council write-in candidate Willie Mickle, both owners of Gags Liquor Store on Wylie Street in Camden, are facing foreclosure of their business and have allegedly failed to pay sales taxes since 2009. Dorton is Mickle's son-in-law.
The candidacy of Kershaw County Council Vice Chairman Sammie Tucker Jr. has been brought into question for failing to turn in required campaign paperwork to the S.C. Ethics Commission (SCEC).