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Slate of candidates expected to boost voter turnout for primary elections

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Charleston County election officials say the slate of candidates is expected to boost voter turnout in both the Republican and Democratic presidential primaries.

Officials note there was just one presidential primary four years ago.

"I think really what brings people out are the candidates and there's a lot of candidates in the Republican contest, so I think those people are bringing voters out," Charleston County Election Director Joe Debney said.

Voters are very interested in the candidates.

"I believe because there's a female that's running for president," Jenette Bradley said.

"I think we definitely need change because things, just the country is not being run right," Sam Williams said.

Voter registration numbers may be a good indicator for turnout in both primaries.

In Charleston County, 264,000 people are registered to vote.

In Berkeley County, there are 110,000 registered voters.

In Dorchester County, 93,000 people are registered to vote.

"It is only one office on the ballot, so you ought to get in and out quickly," Debney said.

The polls are open from 7 a.m. till 7 p.m.

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