The general election is Nov. 3. That may seem like a while from now, but Election Day is only 48 days away.
We want you to be ready to cast your ballot with all the confidence in the world, so we’re breaking down all the 2020 election must-knows for you. In South Carolina, you’ll be voting for a Senate representative, Congressional House representatives, our local elections, and of course, the President of the United States. There are no ballot measures this year — AKA state amendments.
In this guide, you’ll find registration + polling information, maps of local voting districts, a breakdown of candidate priorities, a timeline of important dates, and an election dictionary of terms you should know.
Basically, if you have a question about the upcoming election, this is your resource. So go ahead and bookmark it, and as always, reach out to us if you have any questions we didn’t answer.
We want to make sure everyone has the information they need to cast their vote this election season. Use the links below to share this info with your friends, family, neighbors, and at least one person you disagree with.
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Arts ○ Columbia Metropolitan Airporthas selected artists for the Art in the Airport Program. Over 115 local artists applied and four – Christopher Garvey, Ija Charles, Sonya Diimmler and Harold Branham – were selected to exhibit their artwork for the upcoming season. The exhibit will be located in the connector of the terminal, the walkway between the security checkpoint and the departure/arrival gates.
Announced ○ The Midlands Business Leadership Group announced the launch of Innovate Columbia, a digital hub for entrepreneurial resources in the Columbia region. The site connects entrepreneurs at any and every development stage to a variety of programs and resources available to serve their needs. More information can be found here.
NowOpen ○ The South Carolina State Museumannounced that its new art exhibition – The Graphic Eye: South Carolina and the Intersection of Art and Design – is now open. The Graphic Eye exhibit explores South Carolina’s connection to graphic arts, including mass-produced media of the early 20th century to posters of today. The exhibit is free with museum membership + $8.95 for non-members.
Ranked ○ No.44.South Carolina is the eighth least vaccinated state according to a recent WalletHub survey. Rankings were based on 18 key metrics, including the presence of measles outbreaks + the share of vaccinated children. Massachusetts ranked first + Mississippi ranked 51st. (WalletHub)
Edu ○ The South Carolina Department of Education is accepting proposals for the African American History Instructional Materials Grant – which is now available online. Approximately $200,000 in funding will be distributed to nonprofit organizations, school districts, or higher education institutions + the deadline to apply is Oct. 21.
TodayIs ○ National Guac Day, and no need to make your own: Lowes Foods’ Pick & Prep section has you covered. (Pro-tip: They also have a spicy habaneroversion.) 🥑Ⓟ
Dish ○ Spotted Salamander, located at 1531 Richland St., is reopening the cottage dining room + porch seating today with reservations only. Reservations can be made by calling 803-556-2197.
Inbox ○ We had a reader ask us for recommendations for real estate legal assistance. Let us know if you are a real estate lawyer, work with one you love or know of a local choice here.
Watch ○ This epic timelapse of 2017’s historic eclipse, viewed from Segra Park. 🌗 Ⓟ
Giveaway ○ Hey, did you miss the launch of our Relaxing Weekend Giveaway?Click here to enter now through Sept. 30 so you don’t miss out on winning a weekend getaway with $3,000 in expenses paid (covering lodging, travel, spa treatments + more).
Event ○ 2020 Women of Influence | Wed., Sept. 16 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Virtual | $15 | 19 groundbreaking women will be named the 2020 Women of Influence. Proceeds will be donated to WREN.
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
Yesterday, Historic Columbia’s preservation community delivered an extra cheesy thank you to the Columbia Fire Department with the help of Mark Rapp, AKA @markrappmusic, and Village Idiot Pizza.
The pizza party was an extra thank you to the firefighters for their quick response and doing a supreme job on Saturday to save the historic Babcock Building.
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○ Earlier this week, the Richland County Recreation Commission reopened all athletic fields and playgrounds as part of phase four of the reopening plan. Social distancing and other health measures will be required. (WIS)
○ Columbia City Councilvoted to extend the mandatory mask ordinance for an additional 60 days yesterday. The vote was unanimous + is the second extension of the emergency ordinance that was originally passed in late June. (Free Times)
○ The Coursera Workforce Recovery Initiativeis now available to those receiving unemployment insurance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Department of and Employment and Workforce partnered with Coursera to offer over 4,000 courses and certifications to SC residents free of charge. Participants must register by Oct. 31 and can complete as many classes as they like by Dec. 31. (WIS)
○ Due to the increased risk of the flu this year, Prisma Healthhas launched a campaign to reduce the cost of flu vaccines. The Richland Hospital-based COVID-19 testing site will begin offering flu shots. There will also be a variety of locations offering free flu shots; check out the list of locations here. (ABC Columbia)
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MRC needs volunteers to help ignite a love of reading for young students | Photo via Unsplash
DYK? Just 30 minutesof readinga week can determine whether a child advances to the next grade or even graduates on time.
Enter: United Way’s Midlands Reading Consortium (MRC), a volunteer tutoring initiative aimed at improving reading engagement for elementary students (Pre-K to 2nd grade) in school districts across Richland, Lexington, Newberry, Fairfield + Orangeburg counties.
How it works: ○ Volunteers meet with students once a week for 30 minutes. ○ Tutoring is scheduled Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m., depending on school schedule. ○ MRC provides free training workshops, tutoring materials + support for volunteer tutors. ○ Due to COVID-19 considerations,virtual tutoring options will be available to allow volunteers to read to entire classrooms via the teacher’s smartboard *or* to read one-on-one with students through the use of laptops + tablets. Technology training on the virtual platform used will be provided.
Who can volunteer? ○ The program was created for anyone (think working professionals, retirees, former educators + college students) who can take a short break during their week to volunteer.
Now more than ever, MRC needs locals’ help to engage elementary students in fun, interactive reading sessions to ignite a love of reading + close the achievement gap. Click below to learn more + sign up to volunteer –you can also contact Kimberly House with any questions.Ⓟ