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Early Registration is Underway for Those Who Turn 18 before Election Day 2008


Columbia, SC (August 31, 2007) - Registration is underway for those who will turn 18-years-old on or before the November 4, 2008 General Election. Those who register will be eligible to participate in the November General Election, the State Primaries in June, and the Presidential Primaries in January. Those 17-year-olds who register are eligible to participate in only the January and June primaries until they turn 18.

State law provides for this early registration allowing all voters eligible to participate in the General Election to also participate in the political parties' nominating process for candidates whose name will appear on the General Election ballot. According to S.C. Code of Laws section 7-5-180, those individuals who are not yet 18-years-old but will turn 18 before the next ensuing General Election, and who otherwise qualify to vote, have the right to register beginning 120 days prior to the closing of the books of a preceding primary. The earliest primary associated with the 2008 General Election is the Republican Presidential Primary, scheduled for January 19, 2008. The last day for voters to register will be December 19, 2007. The first date for those who are not yet 18 to begin registering is 120 days prior to that, which is August 22, 2007.

Note: Both parties may change the date of their PPP up until 90 days prior to the primary.

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