South Carolina’s first day of early voting began Monday as a record 40,000 voters cast ballots — twice of what occurred on the first day of early voting in June. The day started with no problems at the polls, but as more people flocked to a state website to check voting locations and sample ballots, the site crashed.

In Charleston County, an early voting location might be closer than you think as polls are open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in seven places: 

  • Downtown: Main Downtown Public Library. 68 Calhoun St.
  • Hollywood: Hollywood/St. Paul’s Library. 5130 S.C. Highway 165
  • James Island: Baxter-Patrick James Island Library. 1858 S. Grimball Road.
  • Johns Island: Johns Island Regional Library. 3521 Maybank Hwy.
  • Mount Pleasant: Mount Pleasant Seacoast Church. 750 Long Point Road.
  • North Charleston: North Charleston Convention Center. 5000 Coliseum Dr.
  • West Ashley: West Ashley Seacoast Church. 2049 Savannah Hwy.

In other headlines: 

International African American Museum launches new project to preserve history. The International African American Museum will host Charleston’s first-ever History Harvest to help people preserve family histories. The event will focus on collecting obituaries, funeral programs and oral histories through interviews.

Gas prices fall nearly 7 cents. The state’s average price per gallon for regular gas now sits at $3.26.

Emanuel AME Church’s multi-million dollar renovation underway. Emanuel AME Church is currently undergoing a massive renovation after years of flood water damage, termites and more in the 120 year old building. But for the church’s congregation and pastor, the renovations become a chance for them to revisit the building’s history.

Charleston Co. schools approve district overhaul. The Charleston County School District unanimously voted to approve the district’s planned overhaul and guardrails for its planned restructuring. One of the planned changes would focus more on students’ academic performance, handing its administrative responsibilities over to the superintendent’s office.

Downtown Charleston residents push for safer intersections. Residents in the Upper Peninsula of Charleston want safer streets along Rutledge, Moultrie, Simons and King streets, all of which are heavy traffic areas that cut through neighborhoods and schools.

Charleston city leaders to vote on rental ordinance. A proposal for a rental registration program that targeted the Cannonborough-Elliotborough neighborhood in downtown Charleston is moving onto its next steps in being passed. City leaders will meet Tuesday to vote on the ordinance.

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