Polls are open today until 7pm in the special election to replace former state Sen. Robert Ford in District 42. Three candidates, Democrat Marlon Kimpson, Republican Billy Shuman, and Libertarian Alex Thornton are vying to represent the district, which covers parts of downtown, North Charleston, and West Ashley. To find out if you’re in the district, visit scvotes.org. [P&C, AP]

State Democrats knocked Gov. Nikki Haley Monday over her appointment of a campaign donor to The Citadel’s board (S.C. Bank and Trust exec Greg Lapointe), replacing the panel’s only African American member. [The State]

Mayor Joe Riley is encouraging uninsured Charlestonians to sign up for health insurance through new federally-managed exchanges that open enrollment today. For more on what to expect, check out Corey Hutchins’ report on the new marketplaces. [P&C, CP]

Thinking about going out to Fort Sumter today? Too bad. The National Park Service is closed, but locally, Joint Base Charleston, the federal courthouse, USPS, National Weather Service, Homeland Security, most of SPAWAR, and the Port of Charleston are all open despite the federal shutdown. A protracted stalemate in Congress could slow some federal services paid for through the federal appropriations process, however. [P&C, The State]

Gov. Haley: “If that (S.C.) State House ever shut down, you would have me stoned,” The State’s Andy Shain reports.

Former Haley chief of staff and attorney general’s office deputy Brian Stirling officially takes his post heading up the state Department of Corrections today. [AP]

Attorney General Alan Wilson will read the names of those killed over the last year as a result of domestic violence at a Statehouse ceremony today. October is national Domestic Violence Awareness Month. [AP]

In today’s P&C, College of Charleston President George Benson appeals to Mount Pleasant officials as they reportedly discuss a Francis Marion University satellite campus: “College of Charleston will help meet East Cooper’s needs”