Upstate voters flock to cast absentee ballots


SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – The Upstate is seeing thousands of people cast absentee ballots, and counting. After a little more than a week since the start of the absentee process – polls are already getting a lot of voters.

Election officials say one of the main reasons for all these people voting absentee is the convenience.

On Tuesday, 538 people voted in person in Spartanburg County. Monday, that number was about 500 for Greenville County.

“If you don’t like something and our vote can make a difference then we need to be out here voting,” said Spartanburg County voter, Mary Taylor.

Spartanburg County voter registration and elections director Henry Laye said on day one, roughly 425 people cast in person absentee ballots.  That’s been their average every day since.

“Our absentee, in person voting is off to a roaring start,” said Laye. “The majority are 65 or older or out of town for employment or vacation. We’re seeing an increase in students, which is wonderful to get the young people involved.”

Greenville County is averaging about 400 people per day.  It’s similar case in Anderson County with 300 to 400 people walking out with voting stickers every day.  Cherokee County has had more than 1,100 absentee ballots since last week, 700 being in person. In Laurens County, 445 people cast in-person absentee ballots to date.

“This turnout of In-person voting probably compares to 2008 with that enthusiasm,” Laye said. He said, statewide, South Carolina is looking to have more than half a million people voting absentee this year.

Voters say that energy comes from an election year like no other.

“It’s sort of disappointing to see it happen but we still have to serve our right,” said Spartanburg William Staney.

Laye says they are expecting more people to vote absentee as Election Day gets closer.

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