More Than 2.4 Million South Carolinians Eligible to Vote in Primary

Posted on: Wed, 07/26/2006 - 15:06 By: jdebney

COLUMBIA, SC—More than 2.4 million South Carolinians will be eligible to vote in the Democratic and Republican Primaries on June 13. The number of registered voters in the state has increased by approximately 250,000 since June 2004—a 4% increase.

ELECTION

REGISTERED

VOTED

June 2006 Primary

2,408,258

N/A

November 2004 General Election

2,315,182

1,631,148 (70.5%)

June 2004 Primary

2,157,442

542,119 (25.1%)

November 2002 General Election

2,047,368

1,116,936 (54.6%)

June 2002 Primary

2,005,671

499,290 (24.9%)

November 2000 General Election

2,266,199

1,433,533 (63.3 %)

June 2000 Primary

2,096,679

392,719 (18.7%)

As of the afternoon of Friday, June 9, more than 27,000 absentee ballots had been issued, and nearly 25,000 had been returned.

2006 Primary Absentee Ballot Statistics as of 2:30 p.m. Friday, June 9

Absentee Ballots Requested

27,325

Absentee Ballots Issued

27,281

Absentee Ballots Returned

24,910

There is still time for eligible voters to vote absentee. Eligible voters may vote absentee in person at their county voter registration office up until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 12. For all voters who have already requested absentee ballots via mail, those ballots must arrive back at the voter registration office my 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13. Polling places will open at 7:00 a.m. on June 13 and remain open until 7:00 p.m. Those waiting in line at 7:00 p.m. will still be allowed to vote.