Voters line up to vote absentee in Spartanburg Co.

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(WSPA) — Monday marked the first day that S.C. residents could vote absentee in person. Spartanburg County Voter Registration and Elections Director Henry Laye says people were lined up at the door at 8:30 a.m. when the doors opened for voting.

There had been a steady line as of voters as of mid afternoon.

“We are voting on the electronic voting machines.  They are prepped, ready to go and have been calibrated.  We are looking for great weather between now and November 8th and there is no reason not to come out to vote.  I would encourage you to vote.  It’s a constitutional right to vote, don’t give up that right,” Laye said.

Laye said 425 voters were processed on Monday, hinting at an overall large turnout.

Persons qualified to vote by absentee ballot:

  1. Members of the Armed Forces or Merchant Marine serving outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them (click here for additional information)
  2. Persons serving with the American Red Cross or with the United Service Organizations (USO) who are attached to and serving with the Armed Forces outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them
  3. Overseas Citizens (click here for additional information)
  4. Persons who are physically disabled
  5. Students attending school outside their county of residence and their spouses and dependents residing with them
  6. Persons who for reasons of employment will not be able to vote on election day
  7. Government employees serving outside their county of residence on Election Day and their spouses and dependents residing with them
  8. Persons who plan to be on vacation outside their county of residence on Election Day
  9. Persons serving as a juror in state or federal court on Election Day
  10. Persons admitted to the hospital as emergency patients on Election Day or within a four-day period before the election
  11. Persons with a death or funeral in the family within three days before the election
  12. Persons confined to a jail or pre-trial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial
  13. Persons attending sick or physically disabled persons
  14. Certified poll watchers, poll managers, and county election officials working on Election Day
  15. Persons sixty-five years of age or older
  16. Persons who for religious reasons do not want to vote on a Saturday (Presidential Primaries Only)

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