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.
Prior to the 2004 General Election, voter registration rolls increased by approximately 200,000 voters. In that election, 70% of registered voters cast votes - a record number.
"The fact that nearly a quarter of a million South Carolinians have taken the first step to exercise their right to vote this year is truly encouraging," said Marci Andino, executive director of the South Carolina Election Commission, "and the fact that registration has outpaced that of 2004 points to the possibility we could see an even stronger turnout this year.
Absentee voting is underway throughout South Carolina.