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2.3 Million South Carolinians Eligible to Vote in Primaries

June 5, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 4, 2008

Contact: Chris Whitmire, 803.734.9070

cwhitmire@elections.sc.gov

COLUMBIA, SC (June 4, 2008) – More than 2.3 million South Carolinians will be eligible to vote in the Republican and Democratic Primaries on Tuesday, June 10. As of the end of last week, more than 26,000 voters had begun the process of casting absentee ballots, but deadlines are fast approaching.

Persons qualified to vote an absentee ballot in the State Primaries:

· Persons who will be outside their county of residence on Election Day

· Members of the Uniformed Services or Merchant Marine, and their spouses and dependents residing with them

· Persons who, for reasons of employment, will not be able to vote on election day

· Physically disabled persons

· Persons sixty-five years of age or older

· Persons serving as a juror in state or federal court on Election Day

· Persons admitted to the hospital as emergency patients on day of election or within a four-day period before the election

· Persons with a death or funeral in the family within three days before the election

· Persons confined to a jail or pre-trial facility pending disposition of arrest or trial

· Persons attending sick or physically disabled persons

· Certified poll watchers, poll managers, and county election officials working on Election Day

How to vote an absentee ballot:

In Person – Due to time constraints, this is the recommended method of voting absentee in the final week leading up to the primary. Visit your county voter registration office, complete an application, and cast your ballot. You may vote absentee in person up until 5:00 p.m., Monday, June 9.

By Mail – By attempting to vote absentee by mail in the final days before an election, voters run the risk of missing the ballot return deadline, in which case the ballot would not count. If this is your only option, contact your county voter registration office to request an absentee ballot application. Return the application to your county voter registration office by 5:00 p.m., Friday, June 6. You will be mailed an absentee ballot. Vote the ballot following ballot instructions and return it to your county voter registration office by 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 10.

Remember, South Carolina does not have registration by party. Registered voters may vote in either party’s primary, but NOT both. Absentee voters must indicate on their application which ballot they wish to receive. For further information, and to check your absentee ballot status, visit www.SCVotes.org.

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