SEC Certifies 2008 General Election Results

Posted on: Wed, 11/12/2008 - 17:28 By: cwhitmire

COLUMBIA, S.C. - (November 12, 2008) - The State Election Commission met at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 12, 2008, as the State Board of Canvassers to certify the results of the November 4, 2008 General Election.  Official results can be found at here.   No recounts were necessary in any federal, state, or multi-county contests. 

Certification and Protest Schedules:





Nov. 7

County election commission, serving as the county board of canvassers, meets to canvass and certify election results. 


SEC Projects Record Turnout

Posted on: Tue, 11/04/2008 - 14:01 By: cwhitmire

COLUMBIAS.C. - (November 4, 2008) - As Election Day comes to a close, the South Carolina State Election Commission projects a record-breaking voter turnout. With an overwhelming number of voters participating in the voting process, the South Carolina State Election Commission estimates a record turnout that is likely to exceed the previous record set in 2004.

"This is a huge testament to the citizens of South Carolina and their ability to come together at this dynamic time," said Marci Andino, executive director of the South Carolina State Election Commission.  "The fact that this state has more than 2.5 million registered voters, most of whom participated in today's General Election, is monumental.  We appreciate their preparation, enthusiasm and patience as they went to the polls and cast their ballots today."

"More than 20,000 poll workers and election  officials across the state worked diligently in the months and weeks leading up to this election to ensure the day ran as smoothly as possible and we are thankful for their tireless efforts," added Andino. 

Frequently Asked Election Day Questions – 2008

Posted on: Tue, 11/04/2008 - 11:14 By: cwhitmire

COLUMBIA, S.C. - (November 3, 2008) -  More than 300,000 South Carolinians have cast absentee ballots in the 2008 General Election, nearly double the number of absentee ballots cast in 2004.  On Tuesday, the other 2.2 Million registered voters who did not vote absentee are eligible to cast their ballots at polling places throughout the state.  With that in mind, the South Carolina State Election Commission wants to provide voters with answers to some commonly asked questions in an effort to make the process go as smoothly as possible.

Q.   Where do I vote?

A.    You must vote at the polling place in the precinct where you reside.  Your precinct is the geographical area you live in; your polling place is the location where you vote.  Your precinct and polling place are listed on your voter registration card.  However, polling places change from time to time. 

To find your polling place:

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.

Greenwood: No Weekend Hours 

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

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

Kershaw: No Weekend Hours

Lexington:  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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

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

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

Sumter: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Sunday: 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.)

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

Williamsburg: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

York: 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.



Total Voter Registration (VR)

Increase in VR

1/1 - Election Day

Absentee Ballots Issued

Voter Participation




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.

TRUTH:  Every vote matters, and every vote counts.  Absentee ballots are usually the first votes counted on Election Day.

Myth:  New regulations require a picture ID as well as a voter registration card for the elections this year, and all the information between the two will have to match.

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.

If you are aged 65 or older or are unable to make it to the polls on Election Day, you are likely eligible to vote an absentee ballot.  For a full list of qualifications to vote absentee, visit

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