FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COLUMBIA, S.C. (January 26, 2008) - The South Carolina Election Commission reports more than 38,000 absentee ballots were issued for today's Democratic Presidential Primary. Nearly 22,000 absentee ballots were issued for last Saturday's Republican Presidential Primary.
Reports from polling places around the state indicate turnout today is at least as large as last week, when 20 percent of South Carolina's registered voters participated. Many counties report heavier turnout today.
"This level of combined voter participation in these presidential primaries is very encouraging," said Marci Andino, executive director of the South Carolina Election Commission. "This speaks well to the interest of South Carolina voters in this year's presidential election process."
"Additionally," Andino said, "all reports indicate that the voting process is running smoothly."
Polling places will remain open throughout the state until 7:00 p.m. EST. Any voter in line at that time will be allowed to vote.