Hundreds of voters go the absentee route
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- With the presidential election less than a week away, many voters are heading to the polls early to avoid a line - and ending up in one anyway.
Over 100 people lined up outside the Charleston County Voter Registration Office on Leeds Avenue Wednesday.
There were some computer delays at the location, which kept some voters waiting.
"I'm kinda surprised that the whole system went down," said Ramona Labrasca. "But I guess it's better for it to happen now rather than next Tuesday."
According to the Associated Press, absentee voting in South Carolina is already outpacing ballots cast early in the last presidential election which hit a record high in 2008, representing 18 percent of ballots cast.
You can vote absentee if you fall into one of the 17 reasons to qualify.They include working on election day, traveling out of town that day, or if you are an elderly, sick or disabled person, and so many more.All you need to have in order to vote is your ID or voter registration card. You will then be given an absentee application to sign and then it's off to the voting booth.
To find out if you qualify for absentee voting, click here. The qualifications are the same for other counties in the area as well.
Residents of Berkeley County can also head to the polls if they qualify. In-person voting is available at the Berkeley County Voter Registration Office at 6 Belt Drive in Moncks Corner. They are open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Dorchester County Elections Commission website shows the following dates for in-person absentee voting. Please note there are different dates for St. George and Summerville.
St. George: Dates: October 8 - November 5 Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Location: Voter Registration Office, Kenneth Waggoner Building, 201 Johnston Street, St. George
Summerville: Dates: October 22 - November 2 Hours of Operation: Monday - Wednesday, 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Thursday - Friday, 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Location: County Council Chamber, 500 North Main Street, Summerville
If you have questions, please call 832-0132 or 563-0132.
Residents of Colleton County can vote at the Voter Registration office located at 115-A Benson Street in Walterboro. Their office is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
If you're registered to vote in Georgetown COunty, you can head over to the Voter Registration office at 303 North Hazard Street in Georgetown. Their offices are open from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. On a couple of Saturdays (Oct 20 and Oct 27) they are also open from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.