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190,000 Request Absentee Ballots; Absentee Timeline Tightens

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

Absentee by Mail:  The timeline for voting absentee by mail is tightening.  If you must vote absentee by mail, you should begin the process as soon as possible to ensure your ballot is returned prior to the deadline.  The voter must first request an application from your county voter registration office.  The application is mailed to the voter.  The voter returns the completed application.  The county voter registration office mails the ballot to the voter.  The voter returns the completed ballot.

Deadline to return absentee by mail application:  5:00 p.m., Friday, Oct. 31st (Again, voters should apply as early as possible to ensure their ballots are returned on time.)

Deadline to return absentee ballot:  7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 4th

Absentee in Person:  Voters may vote absentee in person at their county voter registration office.

Deadline to vote absentee in person:  5:00 p.m., Monday, Nov. 3rd

Contact information for your county voter registration office can be found at

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