Elections

  State election officials discuss absentee voting in South Carolina

The countdown continues before voters take to the polls on Election Day.

Sen. Kamala Harris speaks in Charlotte, encouraging early voting

  Election officials seeing a record number of early voters in Florence County

Senate candidate Jaime Harrison breaks national fundraising record

Cal Cunningham asked repeatedly about more possible affair allegations, doesn’t fully answer

  Horry County Democratic, GOP offices gear up for vice presidential debate

After decades in prison, Columbia man finds a path to the polls for the first time

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  Thousands cast ballots during first two days of absentee voting in Horry County

  Florence leader explains Penny Sales Tax is essential to pay for road, infrastructure improvements

More than half a million South Carolinians have requested an absentee ballot

  Robeson County schools hold voter registration drives at high schools; stresses importance of voting

  S.C. voter registration deadline fast approaching

SC Election Commission works to update electronic poll books

Georgetown County sees surge in poll workers

This year the training includes the usual election instructions as well as special coronavirus training.

Federal judge says you won’t need a witness signature for your absentee ballot this November

For the General Election in November, South Carolinians voting absentee by mail won’t need a witness signature on their ballot.

  Horry County voting officials prep for November election

The presidential election is Nov. 3 and the Horry County Elections office is preparing now.

Sen. Graham, challenger Harrison to debate three times in October

Graham’s campaign announced Saturday that the debates would be spread out through the month of October.

President Donald Trump returning to N.C. for campaign event

EXCLUSIVE: Harrison reacts to criticism, discusses rural agenda, and attacks Graham for not wearing a mask

Franklin Graham gives prayer at 2020 Republican National Convention

Top state lawmakers want a presidential debate in N.C.

RNC announces health protocols for official convention business in Charlotte

New poll shows Graham, Harrison within points of each other but experts say path for Harrison is ‘very narrow'

Horry County looks to make absentee voting more convenient

State election officials have asked the county to designate two to three additional sites for voting absentee in person.

S.C. Election Commission requests changes to voting process for November elections

The South Carolina Election Commission has written a letter to state lawmakers calling for them to create legislation that will help the voting process on Election Day in November.

  ‘It’s still overwhelming’: Hudson talks about victory in Darlington Co. sheriff primary race

Former Hartsville Police Chief James Hudson Jr. is one step closer to the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office after defeating current Sheriff Tony Chavis in the Democratic primary.

  People flock to the polls for early voting in Florence County

All day Monday, voters packed the parking lot and waited in line at the Florence County Voter Registration and Election Office.

Few incumbents face primary challenges on South Carolina ballot

The only statewide primary Tuesday sees Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham seeking the nomination for a fourth term against three little-known GOP challengers before perhaps his hardest reelection fight.

  Decision 2020: Darlington sheriff, former Hartsville police chief face off in Democratic primary

Primary elections are only a week away, so the democratic candidates for the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office are out campaigning across the county as election day nears.

  Decision 2020: 3 Democratic candidates face off in primary to become the next Florence mayor

For the first time since 2008, Florence will have a new mayor.

  Decision 2020: Longtime incumbent Rankin sees two new challengers for District 33 Senate seat

Three Republican candidates are vying for the District 33 state Senate seat in the June 9 primaries.

South Carolina voters can expect new “touchless voting” procedures for June primaries

New procedures will be in place on June 9th to protect voters and poll workers amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Touchless voting” will be the new process for casting a ballot, from the check-in process to selecting a preferred candidate on the voting machines’ touch screens.

SC likely to set record for mailed absentee ballots

South Carolina’s decision to allow absentee voting by mail for anyone in next month’s primaries because of the coronavirus could mean a long night waiting for results.

  New bill says voters who choose to vote from home during pandemic should be able to

Some lawmakers will be pushing for changes to our state’s absentee process when they return to session, Tuesday, May 12. A bill being introduced in the House says there should be some adjustments made to protect voters amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

South Carolina June 9 primary to be held amid coronavirus concerns

The South Carolina State Election Commission announced that the June 9 primaries will go on as scheduled.

South Carolina’s typical June primary not certain with coronavirus

As the coronavirus has caused massive changes to life in South Carolina, one thing is proceeding as scheduled - the deadline for political candidates to be on the ballot for the 2020 primaries and November election.

  Horry County sees significant increase in voter turnout during Democratic primary

Thousands of people in Horry County voted in Saturday’s South Carolina Democratic Primary.

  Candidates make final pitch to S.C. voters before Saturday’s primary

After a week under the political spotlight, the state of South Carolina will take to the polls for the Democratic primary.

  Tom Steyer makes final pitch to voters in the Midlands

Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer sat down with some potential voters for lunch at the Palmetto Pig in downtown Columbia Friday afternoon.

  Horry County elections officials make final preps before Saturday’s Democratic primary

The South Carolina Democratic primary is the last before Super Tuesday and Horry County is doing what it can to make sure the election goes smoothly.

  WMBF INVESTIGATES: Biden leads candidates in South Carolina donations

Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg raised the most money from individual donations in South Carolina.

  Democratic candidates campaign in Grand Strand, across S.C. before Saturday showdown

It was a busy day of campaigning on Wednesday for a number of the Democratic candidates, who crisscrossed the Palmetto State, trying to prove why they’re the best to go up against President Donald Trump.

  Political experts explain importance of South Carolina primary

The political world will shine its spotlight on South Carolina this week as numerous candidates make their final push before the state’s Democratic primary on Saturday.

  Horry County Democratic Party, GOP gear up for busy primary week

Local Democratic and Republican leaders are preparing for Saturday’s democratic presidential primary.

SLED investigates Atlantic Beach’s 2019 mayoral election

An investigation is underway into Atlantic Beach’s 2019 mayoral election.

  It’s Your Money: Election costs on the rise in the Grand Strand

Hundreds of voters in Horry County cast their vote in November elections, WMBF Investigates breaks down the election expense to each municipality.

  Florence County referendum could cause trouble for voters in 2020

A lengthy capital sales tax referendum may cause some back-ups during Election Day in Florence County.

Results are in for Latta Town Council race

The votes have been tallied in Tuesday’s election for three open seats on the Latta Town Council.

Interim Sheriff Carter Weaver wins Georgetown Co. Sheriff’s GOP Primary

Georgetown County officials have announced Carter Weaver as the winner of the Republican primary for the sheriff’s race.

  Newly-elected city councilman ready to bring fresh ideas to Myrtle Beach

Many of those who casted a ballot hope to see changes with a new face on the city council.

  Unofficial results released in runoff elections along Grand Strand

The Myrtle Beach City Council will have a new member and Surfside Beach has a new mayor.

  Darlington mayor-elect hopes to bring positive change to the city

The city of Darlington will soon have a new mayor.

Protest hearing set following results of Pawleys Island election

A protest hearing is scheduled for next week after the results of the Pawleys Island municipal election were certified.

Residents in Horry-Georgetown border battle support annexation

Residents caught up in a border battle at the Horry-Georgetown county line overwhelmingly voted to become part of Horry County.

  Runoff election could decide Surfside Beach mayoral race

A high-profile race in the Grand Strand could be decided in a runoff election

  It’s Your Money: Horry County’s Election Dept. adds new positions, but staffing remains low

For the first time in ten years, Horry County approved funding for two new positions in its Voters Registration and Elections department but it's staffing total remain low based on the number of voters.

Former S.C. governor, presidential hopeful Mark Sanford moves ‘home base’ to N.H.

Starting Monday, Sanford plans to spend November and much of his time leading up to the New Hampshire Republican primary in the Granite State.

  Myrtle Beach City Council candidates discuss their plans for city

There are seven candidates and only three open seats on the Myrtle Beach City Council and on Tuesday night they got a chance to outline their plans for the city.

  ‘We stand behind President Trump’: Horry County Republicans march to support president

With close to 200 Trump supporters in attendance, marchers focused on two things: the importance of making sure the president isn’t impeached and making sure he’s re-elected in November 2020.

  Democratic presidential candidates make their case to S.C. voters at Galivants Ferry Stump

Four of the top Democratic presidential candidates made their case to voters in Galivants Ferry Monday evening during the Galivants Ferry Stump.

  EXCLUSIVE: Presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden speaks on key issues

The front-runner looking to take the Oval Office for the Democratic party made a stop Monday in Horry County and spoke one-on-one with WMBF News on several key issues.

AP: Dan Bishop wins special election for NC-9 house seat

The Associated Press says Republican Dan Bishop has won the special election for the house seat in North Carolina’s ninth congressional district.

State GOP cancels 2020 presidential primary

Over the weekend, South Carolina joined Nevada and Kansas as the three states that have decided to forgo Republican Presidential Primaries or Caucuses in 2020.

  WMBF sits down one-on-one with Bernie Sanders during Pee Dee campaign stop

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders made a visit to Florence Friday.

  Hundreds attend presidential candidate Bernie Sanders town hall meeting in Myrtle Beach

Hundreds of people showed up to Chapin Memorial Park Thursday evening for a chance to hear from and ask questions to presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

  Horry County prepares to receive new voting machines

For the first time in 15 years Horry County’s voting system is getting an overhaul.

  10-year-old asks important question during presidential candidate’s trip to Grand Strand, Pee Dee

Presidential candidate Cory Booker spent time campaigning in Conway and the Pee Dee Tuesday.

  Horry County Democrats, Republicans react during night two of presidential debate

Much like night one of the Democratic debate, the’s edition focused on healthcare, education, and immigration.

Loris residents elect new mayor in runoff election

Neighbors in Loris headed to the polls on Tuesday where they voted for their new mayor in a runoff election.

Dillon city councilman resigns; special election to be held

The city of Dillon will need to fill a vacant city councilman seat.

Too close to call: Runoff election to be held in Loris mayoral election

The race between the top two candidates in Loris’ mayoral election is just too close to call.

Dan Bishop wins primary, will represent Republican Party in NC-9 special election

Dan Bishop was declared the winner of the Republican primary Tuesday night and will represent the GOP in the special election for the open house seat in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District in September.

Dillon residents elect first new mayor in more than 15 years

The residents of Dillon have a new mayor.

Runoff election to be held in Dillon mayoral race

Residents in Dillon will have to go back to the polls in a couple of weeks to vote for a new mayor.

Fifth arrest made on election-related crimes connected to NC-9 investigation

Two women have now been arrested on election-related crimes connected to the investigation into election fraud in North Carolina’s 9th District.

NCSBE sets date for new 9th Congressional District election

The North Carolina State Board of Elections set a date for the new 9th Congressional district election in a meeting Monday afternoon.

  State Board of Elections votes unanimously to hold new election in NC District 9

On the fourth day of the North Carolina State Board of Elections hearing, the board voted unanimously to hold a new election in the 9th District. Prior to the vote, Republican Mark Harris said he believes there should be a new election.

Town of Surfside Beach looks to county to run elections

In a letter to Horry County Voter Registration and Election office, Surfside Beach Mayor sought guidance on how to turn the town’s municipal elections over to Horry County.

Obama, Santa, Darwin just a few of the names on Horry County write-in ballots

Tuesday’s midterm election provided political drama, but it’s the names on the write-in ballots that provided the laughs.

Memphis hospital employee seen wearing shirt with noose, Confederate flag while voting

A Mississippi man has gone viral for wearing a racist shirt inside an Olive Branch polling place.

  Horry County Election officials weigh in on issues during voting

A majority of the issues and delays seen at voting precincts across Horry County Tuesday had to do with batteries dying in voting machines, according to election officials.