Election officials across the state are on alert, according to one story, “for politically motivated problems that could stem from poll watchers and observers – everyday citizens who sit in at polling places and watch to make sure things run smoothly – or from others who take their politics seriously enough to act on them beyond the voting booth itself.”

Charleston County officials said they were preparing for threats on election day, according to WCBD. No threats or incidents have been reported in the past, but election officials are preparing for the worst amid multiple incidents nationwide. 

In other recent news:

Graham must testify in Georgia case, U.S. Supreme Court rules. U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., took his desire not to testify to a Georgia grand jury on Election 2020 inquiries to the U.S. Supreme Court and lost. On Tuesday, the court ruled in an unsigned order that he should testify because questioning allowed by lower courts was limited and had appropriate safeguards to avoid constitutional conflicts.  For months, Graham has tried to get out of testifying about questions he asked and more related to President Donald Trump’s loss in Georgia, which prompted a prosecutor to look into allegations of election shenanigans. Now, Graham is currently scheduled to testify on November 17.

Ellis, Weaver have only debate. Democratic state superintendent of education candidate Lisa Ellis and Republican Ellen Weaver debated over solutions to the state’s school system Nov. 2. Ellis urged state leaders to listen to educators about pay and working conditions, while Weaver stressed listening to parents more about where their children attend school.

Right-wing group admits doctoring video attacking schools. According to a news story: “State Rep. R.J. May, R-Lexington, previously said his group did not create the recording of an EL Education employee, purportedly instructional specialist Tarika Sullivan. But on Nov. 1 he acknowledged that members of his organization altered the raw footage they received.:

Lawmakers still at impasse on abortion. Time is running out for lawmakers to make further restrictions to an abortion ban as election day approaches.

Health officials warn of ‘tripledemic’With temperatures dropping across the United States, a spike of Covid-19 cases and the flu are on the rise. In the past few months, though, health officials have also seen an increase in RSV, a respiratory syncytial virus, among patients. Meanwhile, DHEC recently recorded 3,459 new Covid cases and six deaths. 

New Palmetto Network debuts. A new South Carolina-based television station, The Palmetto Network, debuts this month to provide varied and local programming to hundreds of thousands of people across the state. Available online at ThePalmettoNetwork.com and Apple TV and free on Roku and Amazon Fire TV, the network is a dream come true for seasoned videographer Neal Kinard of Charleston.  

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