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Early Reports Indicate Moderate Turnout

COLUMBIA, SC (June 8, 2010) - Reports from election officials throughout the state indicate that so far turnout throughout the state has been low to moderate.  However, there are reports of moderate to heavy turnout in some counties and precincts.

Historically, primary turnout is lower than that of general elections ranging from 18% to 26% over the past 12 years.  Turnout in General Elections has ranged from 45% to 76% during that same period.

Polls close at 7:00 p.m.  Voters in line at 7:00 p.m. will be allowed to vote.  The State Election Commission will report election results and voter turnout tonight at  Look for the 2008 Primary Results link on the front page.

As South Carolinians continue voting throughout the day, the State Election Commission would like to remind voters of the following:


1.      Voters are required to show any one of three forms of identification in order to vote:  voter registration card, driver's license, or a DMV-issued ID card.

2.      Voters may vote in only one primary, either Republican or Democratic.  Voters will be asked, "In which party's primary do you wish to vote today?"

3.      The primary in which voters choose to vote today determines which runoff, if any, the voter is eligible to vote in on June 22nd.  In other words, if you vote in one party's primary today, you may not switch over and vote in the other party's runoff.  Voters who do not vote in a primary today may choose to vote in either party's runoff.

4.      South Carolina voters who have questions regarding the voting process should visit or call their county election commission.  This will allow election officials to quickly address any potential concerns and help ensure the general election runs efficiently at precincts statewide.

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