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Polls are open today across the Palmetto State for early voting, a relatively new practice in South Carolina. While it’s just the second election in which people can vote before election day for any reason, election officials have been preparing for it for a while.

Election officials said early voting during the June primaries went well and they don’t expect major hiccups today. Early voting lasts for 12 days and allows voters to save time — and not wait in long lines on Nov. 8. More of what you need to know.

In other headlines:

Graham asks Supreme Court to spare him from testifying. U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is now asking the U.S. Supreme Court to allow him to not testify in a Georgia probe of the 2020 election results. Graham has fought a subpoena since the summer, but a federal appellate court ruled last week he must testify.

Powerball jackpot reaches $610 million. The jackpot is now among the largest in history. The next drawing is tonight.

Top Halloween costumes in S.C. According to Google searches, the top costumes this year in South Carolina for Halloween are 1980s outfits, Tinker Bell and Spiderman.

WORLD SERIES: It’s Astros vs. Phillies. The Houston Astros won the American League championship and the Philadelphia Phillies captured the National League title to set up a World Series that starts Friday in Houston.

SC-1: Mace says GOP will seek spending cuts. U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., said her party would seek spending cuts if they take the House in November. She appeared on CNN’s Sunday talk show.  She also said she supported GOP leader Kevin McCarth’s strategy of holding the debt ceiling hostage to cuts.

Labor strife on West Coast drives imports to Charleston, East Coast. Tired of West Coast labor problems, shippers are moving retail cargo to the Port of Charleston and other East Coast sites, according to this report.

Earthquake website launched by state agency. The South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) launched Earthquake.SC, a new website to help South Carolina residents better prepare for earthquakes.

Flu activity is widespread in S.C., DHEC says. The state’s health agency says flu activity is widespread in the state, as highlighted by this story.

Charleston mayoral candidates report fundraising numbers. Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg has just over $230,000 cash on hand.

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