In South Carolina’s primaries, which are slated to take place on Tuesday, more than 91,000 registered voters have already cast their ballots.
According to data provided by the South Carolina Election Commission, approximately 80,000 of those votes were cast during the state’s new early voting period. These figures do not include figures for Friday, which was the final day for early voting, thus they do not represent votes cast on that day.
Legislators in South Carolina passed a bill that made it possible for people to cast their ballots early and without explanation on the weekdays preceding the primary election in June. This marked the first time that such early voting had been authorized in the state.
Officials of the election claim that as of Thursday morning, a total of 12,700 additional absentee ballots have been received.
Early voting accounted for around 13 percent of all ballots cast in the primaries for the midterm elections in 2018, which included a closely contested race for the Republican governor. Henry McMaster will have only one opponent to contend with in 2022, and that opponent will be Harrison Musselwhite, a newbie who is little compensated and largely unknown.
There is a possibility that voter participation on Tuesday will be affected by the record-breaking heat. The majority of the state is expected to see temperatures that are several degrees higher than average, with highs reaching up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius). When the weather approaches 100 degrees, it is best to remain inside where it is cooler.