COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Absentee voting in South Carolina is outpacing ballots cast early in the last presidential election.
Chris Whitmire of the state
Election Commission says voters have requested more than 214,000
absentee ballots so far. That's about 25,000 more than voters requested
by Oct. 22, 2008.
Whitmire notes this year's calendar provides two additional days to vote absentee, since the election falls on Nov. 6.
Just over half of the requested absentee ballots had been returned by Monday.
The numbers include both
mailed ballots and people voting in-person absentee. Though South
Carolina technically does not have early voting, people can vote at
their county office if they give an excuse for why they can't vote on
Absentee voting hit a record high in 2008, representing 18 percent of ballots cast.
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