SEC expects voter turnout to reach 2008 record

Voters in Goose Creek (Mike Wadsworth/WCIV)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- According to the South Carolina State Election Commission, voters turned out in large numbers across the state and voter turnout is likely to be on-par with the record-breaking 2008 General Election.

Voters reportedly returned approximately 400,000 absentee ballots this year, surpassing the 2008 record of 342,000 absentee ballots. The SEC expects total voter turnout to be similar to the record-setting 76 percent turnout of 2008 and may even surpass the 2008 record.

"The passion and dedication of South Carolina citizen for the electoral process was on display at the polls today," said Marci Andino, executive director of the South Carolina State Election Commission. "We're grateful to voters for their patience as they waited to cast their ballots, and we want to thank the 20,000 poll workers and election officials across the state for their tireless work to ensure that every vote counts."