The Post and Courier has reached out to every lawmaker across South Carolina to find out where they stand on removing the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse grounds. This is a work in progress, and we encourage you to keep checking back as we reach more legislators and update our results. We encourage any lawmakers reading this to get in touch with us and weigh in with their thoughts.
We began polling lawmakers at about 9:00 am Monday, and have been updating this page with responses as we receive them. The collection of responses remains on-going.
Update 2:34pm Tuesday: The Post and Courier continues to seek responses from lawmakers. Those seeking to share a response with us may contact Jennifer Berry Hawes.
Update 10:22am Wednesday: It now appears that the Senate has achieved the two-thirds majority necessary to remove the flag.
Update 5:45pm Monday: We had been using 83 as the threshold for achieving a two-thirds majority in the House, but we are revising that to 82 due to a vacancy in the house. Meanwhile, one more representative has spoken with us, indicating that they will vote to remove the flag. As of Monday afternoon, there were two-thirds majorities in both chambers of the legislature in favor of removing the flag, according to our poll. A two-thirds majority in both chambers is required by state law in order to take the flag down.
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