SC election officials take next steps to wrap up election results; recounts and runoffs expected

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Updated: Nov. 6, 2020 at 7:01 AM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - Friday, November 06, is the deadline for county election boards across the state to certify county-level election results. These proceedings will include canvassing votes, holding provisional ballot hearings, certifying results and ordering any necessary recounts for county-level offices.

In South Carolina, when the difference between any winning candidate and any other non-winning candidate is 1% or less of the total votes cast a recount is mandatory. This recount can be done a number of different ways: an automated recount of the voting machines, an automated recount of ballot images or a manual recount of ballot images.

County election boards are expected to certify results by noon, Friday. This is ahead of a meeting Tuesday, when the State Election Commission (SEC) is expected to meet to certify all state-level results. SEC spokesperson, Chris Whitmire, tells WIS-TV that delays are not expected and that this certification process cannot happen until all votes have been counted.

A few runoff elections have also been confirmed. This includes the race for the Kershaw County School Board in District One between Lisa Carter and Todd McDonald.

James Blassingame and Talitha Harrison will go head-to-head in a runoff election for the Sumter County Council District Two seat.

There will also be a runoff election for the Sumter mayoral race between Calvin Hastie and David Merchant.

Those runoff elections are set for November 17.

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