COLUMBIA, S.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.
Polling places across the state reported heavy voter turnout throughout the day and long lines continued past 7 p.m. Unofficial results will be available tonight on www.scVOTES.org and the results will be certified by the counties on Friday, November 7.