Some Counties Hold Saturday Absentee Voting Hours

Posted on: Fri, 10/31/2008 - 16:01 By: cwhitmire

For information regarding weekend hours of counties not listed here, voters should check locally:

Aiken: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Anderson: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Beaufort:  10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Berkeley:  9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Calhoun: No Weekend Hours

Charleston: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Clarendon: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Colleton: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Dorchester: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Fairfield: No Weekend Hours

Florence: No Weekend Hours 

Greenville: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Registration, Absentee Voting Break Records

Posted on: Tue, 10/28/2008 - 11:24 By: cwhitmire

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Approximately 2,552,000 voters are eligible to vote in the 2008 General Election, a record high in South Carolina.  The number of registered voters in the state has increased by 310,000 since January 1st.  Also, more than 218,000 absentee ballots have been issued throughout the state, far surpassing the previous record of 169,000 absentee ballots issued before the 2004 General Election.



Truth vs. Myth - 2008 General Election

Posted on: Fri, 10/24/2008 - 09:46 By: cwhitmire

Here is the truth about some common rumors and myths surrounding the 2008 General Election:

Myth:  South Carolina has "early voting," meaning anyone can vote early for any reason.

TRUTH:  South Carolina has "absentee voting."  You must meet one of 17 reasons for voting absentee.  For a complete list of reasons, visit or call or visit your county voter registration office.

Myth:  Absentee votes don't count unless the election is really close.

190,000 Request Absentee Ballots; Absentee Timeline Tightens

Posted on: Thu, 10/23/2008 - 14:50 By: cwhitmire

COLUMBIA, S.C. (October 23, 2008) - More than 190,000 voters have requested absentee ballot applications for the 2008 General Election, and nearly 160,000 absentee ballots have been issued.  In the last presidential election (2004), approximately 160,000 absentee ballots were cast.

There is still time to vote absentee, but deadlines are approaching.

Nearly a Quarter Million Voters Added to Rolls in 2008

Posted on: Thu, 10/09/2008 - 09:54 By: cwhitmire

Numbers Continue to Rise after Deadline; Absentee Voting Underway

COLUMBIA, S.C. (October 7, 2008) - The deadline to register to vote in the General Election has passed, and preliminary numbers show the number of registered voters in South Carolina has increased more than 240,000  in 2008 by and now stands at 2.5 million.  This number will continue to rise as county voter registration offices continue to process applications received by the deadline.

Display of Campaign Material Not Allowed at Polls

Posted on: Thu, 09/25/2008 - 17:31 By: cwhitmire

The display of campaign material is not allowed within 200 feet of any entrance to a polling place on election day.  This law applies to any type of visual display of campaign material, including posters, pamphlets, brochures, signs, buttons, hats, t-shirts, etc.  Voters displaying campaign material who enter the 200-foot area will be asked to remove the material, cover the material, or otherwise cause the material not to be seen.

Please see the applicable section of the S.C. Code of Laws posted below:

SECTION 7-25-180. Unlawful distribution of campaign literature.

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