Record-breaking amount of absentee voters turn out in Charleston, Dorchester Counties

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCBD) — Charleston County Board of Election officials say about 60,000 registered voters voted absentee for the 2016 election. That’s more than the record-breaking 2008 election absentee turn-out, which was 37,000.

Monday, November 7, was the last day people could vote absentee. In order to do so, voters had to provide a reason for why they could not vote on election day, November 8.

Only one polling location was open Monday in Charleston County. About 700 voters had come through by Noon. Doors opened at 8:30 a.m. and closed at 5:00 p.m.

“I’m a nurse, and I work tomorrow,” said Julia Potts, a Charleston County absentee voter.

The average wait time to cast an absentee vote on Monday was about 45 minutes. It’s expected to be a similar wait time on election day.

In Berkeley County, about 12% of registered voters voted absentee. That’s more than any other election year so far.

In Dorchester County, as of 5:00 p.m. on Monday 15,018 absentee ballots were cast. That’s nearly 3,000 more than there were in 2012 when 12,253 absentee ballots were cast. Dorchester County officials say this number will likely increase as more ballots are returned on Tuesday.

According to officials, the increase is most likely due to population growth.


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